The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden exhibition includes 52 contemporary and newly commissioned photographs of important residential, civic, and commercial projects. Its debut in 2015 was timed to the 25th anniversary of the influential 1990 book Bold Romantic Gardens, which the two business partners wrote with Susan Rademacher, former executive director of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc., and currently the parks curator at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. The book chronicled 21 projects that introduced the world to Oehme and van Sweden’s horticulturally exuberant designs. Significantly, nine of those projects no longer exist.
The New American Garden was first shown at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. where it was the largest monographic landscape architecture exhibition in the museum's history. At the National Building Museum it has supplemented with art and artifacts that inspired the designers and/or that they created, including: Torso, a sculpture by Henry Moore from the garden of Alex and Carole Rosenberg; A Dutch Courtyard, a painting by the 17th century Dutch artist Pieter de Hooch, on loan from the National Gallery of Art; furniture, porcelain and planters, original plans and drawings, and other materials.
January 14 – March 26, 2017
Cylburn Arboretum, Vollmer Center
October 19 – December 16, 2016
Louisiana State University Student Union Art Gallery
June 3 – August 26, 2016
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
October 17, 2015 – May 1, 2016
National Building Museum