Garden Dialogues 2017: NY - Glorious Olana

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Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues 2017: NY - Glorious Olana

Garden Dialogues 2017: NY - Glorious Olana
Aug 26, 2017
Olana State Historic Site
Hudson, NY
United States

Acclaimed landscape photographer Larry Lederman, who has trained his lens on the New York Botanical Garden, the Rockefeller Family Gardens, and other renowned sites, has been photographing Olana’s landscape for the past ten years. Through close observation, he has learned a great deal about the genius and subtleties of the landscape’s design, how it differs through the seasons, and the moments of the days when the light is perfect. In a dialogue with Julia B. Rosenbaum, Associate Professor and Chair, Art History, Bard College and Olana's Director of Research & Publications, Lederman will reveal his unique insights and offer an in-depth and exhilarating exploration of Olana.

Designed by Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church in collaboration with Calvert Vaux, the 250-acre Persian-inspired estate was conceived as a three-dimensional work of art, and its grand views west over the Hudson River to the Catskill Mountains beyond are emblematic of the era’s idealized mix of agrarian and wilderness landscapes.

Church's paintings are heroic, romantic, and intensely reverential of the land - an ethos and artistic sentiment present in Olana today.  This Dialogue at Olana focuses on the significance of the landscape and its impact on art. Lederman and Rosenbaum will offer personal insights and observations about Olana and its influence on them, discuss their collaboration together on publication projects related to site, and engage in a broader conversation with attendees. The Dialogue will conclude with a wine and cheese reception.

Rosenbaum, Director of Research and Publications, The Olana Partnership, received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Visions of Belonging: New England Art and the Making of American Identity (Cornell University Press, 2006), co-editor of The American Bourgeoisie: Distinction and Identity in the Nineteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and has published articles in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes, including American Art and The Encyclopedia of New England.

Lederman is an accomplished photographer whose images have been published and exhibited extensively throughout the United States. His most recent publications include The New York Botanical Garden: 125th Anniversary Edition published in April 2016 by Abhrams Books and The Rockefeller Family Gardens: An American Legacy by Monacelli Press published in April of this year. Lederman has also exhibited at the New York School of Interior Design; the Lehman College Art Gallery; the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Ross Gallery at the New York Botanical Garden.


2.0 LA CES™ Professional development hours will be available to attendees, pending approval.

Thanks to the generosity of our hosts and sponsors, tickets for Garden Dialogues are tax deductible and proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.



Refund Policy:
Cancellations and Refunds will be granted according to the following schedule:
Up to two (2) weeks in advance: 90% (Deduction represents administrative processing fees)
Less than two (2) weeks in advance but up to seven (7) days prior: 70%
No refunds will be made for cancellations seven (7) days prior to event
No refunds will be made for “No Shows” (a person who registers for a program but who does not cancel registration or attend the program).
Refunds will be processed as they are received or after the conclusion of the program, depending on the program date and when cancellation occurs. Refunds may take five (5) to seven (7) business days to process.

3:00 to 5:00 pm
Olana State Historic Site
5720 State Route 9G
Hudson, NY 12534
United States