Landscapes of Clarity - Dan Kiley's Modernist Origins in Seventeenth Century France

October 6, 2014 2:50 PM

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Landscapes of Clarity - Dan Kiley's Modernist Origins in Seventeenth Century France

Dan Kiley (1912-2004), the great Postwar landscape architect and icon of Modernism, remains a decade after his death one of the profession's most influential practitioners. He's finally gaining greater public recognition, to judge from the popularity and demand for The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, a traveling photographic exhibition organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (it's booked into 2017 and next opens at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust on October 31, 2014). And, critical appraisal has advanced thanks in part to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which now owns Kiley's residential masterpiece, the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, created in the 1950s with Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche and Alexander Girard. The museum is a leader in proving curatorial oversight for the landscape on par with the building and the rest of its collection - an approach that I have advocated frequently over the years.

Despite all this new visibility for Kiley, there is much still not known and awaiting discovery, and part of that involves retracing his steps. One of the most consequential periods in his life was immediately after World War II when Kiley went to Germany to be the architect for the Nuremburg trials...

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