The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin Exhibition to Open in Los Angeles at the A + D Architecture and Design Museum>LA, September 29, 2017

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The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin Exhibition to Open in Los Angeles at the A + D Architecture and Design Museum>LA, September 29, 2017

The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin Exhibition to Open in Los Angeles at the A + D Architecture and Design Museum>LA, September 29, 2017
Apr 06, 2017

Media Contact: Nord Wennerstrom | T: 202.483.0553  | M: 202.225.7076 | E: nord@tclf.org


Exhibition about influential San Francisco-based landscape architect features projects throughout the US and Israel, including several in the Los Angeles area

Washington, D.C. (April 6, 2017) - The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) today announced that The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), will open September 29, 2017, at the A + D Architecture and Design Museum>LA in Los Angeles, CA, and will remain on view through December 31, 2017. The exhibition, which debuted at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., is organized and curated by TCLF. Created in 2016 during the centennial anniversary of Halprin’s birth, the exhibition features 56 newly commissioned photographs by leading landscape photographers of dozens of Halprin’s major works, ranging from recently rediscovered residential projects created early in his career in the 1950s to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. capstone projects such as the Yosemite Falls approach and Stern Grove in San Francisco, and significant postmodernist projects in the Los Angeles area including the Los Angeles Open Space Network and Plaza Las Fuentes in Pasadena.  The exhibition both honors the influential designer and calls attention to the need for informed and effective stewardship of his irreplaceable legacy.

Lawrence Halprin was among the foremost landscape architects of the twentieth century. His prolific career spanned more than five decades, and the innovative techniques he pioneered changed the profession forever. The Brooklyn-born Halprin began his career in 1945 with a four-year stint working for Thomas Church in San Francisco, where he collaborated with architect George Rockrise on the renowned Dewey Donnell garden in Sonoma, California. He opened Lawrence Halprin & Associates in 1949, and his oeuvre initially included residential gardens, campuses, and housing projects. However, by the mid-1960s, his firm had turned decisively to re-designing major urban landscapes. A series of innovative parks, plazas, and pedestrian malls brought international notice and critical acclaim. When the Ira Keller Fountain (completed in 1970) opened in Portland, Oregon, New York Times architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable called it “one of the most important urban spaces since the Renaissance.”

Halprin, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), received numerous awards, including the ASLA Gold Medal (1978), ASLA Design Medal (2003), induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1978), the University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture (1979), and the National Medal of Arts (2002), the nation’s highest honor for an artist.

“In the tradition of great artists, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin created a new and influential language,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF’s president & CEO.

“Landscape architecture is an intrinsic part of our built environment,” said Dora Epstein Jones, executive director of the A + D Architecture and Design Museum>LA. “We pleased to host the Halprin exhibition, especially since it will coincide with the annual meeting and expo of the American Society of Landscape Architects this coming October in Los Angeles.”

A full-color printed gallery guide accompanies the exhibition with information about each of the sites, as well as a complementary online exhibition presenting additional photography, selections from a video oral history with Halprin, and assessments about the present condition of public Halprin commissions.

The exhibition, part of TCLF’s Landslide program, calls attention to threatened and at-risk works of landscape architecture and landscape features, and will include photographs of some of Halprin’s most iconic projects, from Sea Ranch in northern California (photography by Saxon Holt) to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. (photography by Roger Foley), as well as several private gardens, including recently rediscovered early 1950s-era projects. Also included are photographs of the dance deck he created for his wife Anna (photography by Tom Fox), the famous choreographer, who fundamentally influenced Halprin’s understanding of human motion through space.

The exhibition is presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Design Arts and the Hubbard Educational Foundation.  In Los Angeles, additional support comes from Coldspring.

About A + D Architecture and Design Museum>LA

A + D Architecture and Design Museum>LA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2001. Our mission is to celebrate and promote an awareness of progressive architecture and design in everyday life through exhibits, educational programs and public outreach.

About The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1998 to connect people to places. TCLF educates and engages the public to make our shared landscape heritage more visible, identify its value, and empower its stewards. Through its website, publishing, lectures and other events, TCLF broadens support and understanding for cultural landscapes. 

The following images are available in high resolution - please contact Nord Wennerstrom E:  nord@tclf.org:

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Plaza Las Fuentes, Los Angeles, CA, 2016. - Photograph © Jill Paider, courtesy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation
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Bunker Hill Steps, Los Angeles, CA, 2016. - Photograph © Alan Ward, courtesy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, DC, 2016. Photograph © Rogey Foley, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation-LO RES.jpg
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, DC, 2016. - Photograph © Rogey Foley, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Portland Open Space Sequence, Ira Keller Fountain, Portland, OR, 2016. Photograph © Jeremy Bitterman, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation-LO RES.jpg
Portland Open Space Sequence, Ira Keller Fountain, Portland, OR, 2016. - Photograph © Jeremy Bittermann, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Freeway Park, Seattle, WA, 2016. Photograph © Aaron Leitz, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation-LO RES.jpg
Freeway Park, Seattle, WA, 2016. - Photograph © Aaron Leitz, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Lawrence Halprin at home, Sea Ranch, CA, 2008. Photograph © Charles A. Birnbaum, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation-LO RES.jpg
Lawrence Halprin at home, Sea Ranch, CA, 2008. - Photograph © Charles A. Birnbaum, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation