Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture


CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

CELA and The Cultural Landscape Foundation are pleased to bring exhibitions on the renown works of Dan Kiley and Oehme, van Sweden to CELA member institutions.

CELA member universities with suitable exhibition space have the opportunity to host two traveling photographic exhibitions – The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, and The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme van Sweden – thanks to underwriting by private donors to The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). The donation would cover 50% of the exhibition rental fees – $5,000 for Kiley and $6,000 for New American Garden; hosting institutions will be responsible for half of the rental costs and one-way shipping from the previous borrowing institution.
Both exhibitions have been organized and curated by TCLF, a respected Washington, D.C.-based non-profit foundation, and feature newly commissioned and contemporary photographs of dozens of significant public and private landscapes, explanatory text panels and wall labels with site plans. These exhibitions have been hosted at notable institutions and universities across the country including the National Building Museum, Chicago Architecture Foundation, University of Colorado at Denver, Indiana University Center for Art + Design, and many others. They have also received critical positive notices within the landscape architecture community, and from major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and others.
According to TCLF President & CEO Charles A. Birnbaum, entrepreneurial universities can set up complementary programming including conferences, symposia, lectures, etc., that offer rich experiences for students, faculty, visitors, alumnae and others. Moreover, Eric Groft, a principal at Oehme, van Sweden and a TCLF Board Member, has lectured and participated in symposia at institutions hosting the New American Garden exhibition, and would be available to do so at future events, schedule permitting.
In addition, TCLF has created companion websites for both exhibitions which include additional photography, written recollections from colleagues, and other material, as well as gallery guides that can be purchased in print format or downloaded free of charge in PDF format from TCLF’s website.
Finally, TCLF created a video oral history with James van Sweden, part of a larger body of oral histories that University of Virginia Professor Elizabeth Meyer considers vital primary source material. The van Sweden oral history includes sections on design theory and built projects.

About the Exhibits

The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley
This traveling photographic exhibition and retrospective features 45 vibrant photographs, which chronicle the current state of 27 of Kiley’s more than 1,000 projects worldwide. Each of these entries features newly commissioned photography, a history of the project, recollections by contemporary landscape architects, and the current “status” and “visibility” rating for Kiley’s association with the project (ratings for public projects only).

The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden
This traveling photographic exhibition includes 52 contemporary and newly commissioned photographs of important residential, civic, and commercial projects. The exhibition’s creation 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 Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s parks curator. The book chronicled 21 projects that introduced the world to their horticulturally exuberant designs.

TCLF is currently booking the exhibitions for 2018 and 2019. A complete prospectus is available upon request. Contact Spencer Stuart at The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and mention your CELA membership. 

In addition to these two exhibitions, TCLF has recently produced a third exhibition, The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin. Currently on view at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco through September 4, 2017, the Halprin exhibit will then travel to the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles next month and will be on display during this year’s American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and Expo in Los Angeles in October.

This is an exciting opportunity for CELA member schools, and we are thrilled TCLF was able to find a generous donor willing to help bring these exhibitions to our members. We are also grateful to TCLF, an irreplaceable resource and promoter of the landscape architecture profession and its practitioners.