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Exhibition: The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin

A traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of modernist landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. Free

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The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), was 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, including recently rediscovered residential projects created early in his career in the 1950s; the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.; capstone projects such as the Yosemite Falls approach and Stern Grove in San Francisco; the Los Angeles Open Space Network; and Plaza Las Fuentes in Pasadena. 

Halprin was, without doubt, among the foremost landscape architects of the twentieth century. His prolific career spanned more than six decades, with highlights that also include Freeway Park (in Seattle, Washington), and the Portland Open Space Sequence (in Portland, Oregon). His firm was a seedbed for many talented designers now celebrated in their own right, and the innovative techniques he pioneered changed the field forever. While the traveling exhibition will honor Halprin and his career, it will also call attention to the need for the informed and effective stewardship of his irreplaceable legacy. Like much of the work of prominent landscape architects in the post-War period, many of Halprin’s designs are now in a diminished state, while some face an uncertain future.   

This exhibition is presented by Modernism Week and hosted by UC Riverside Palm Desert Center. It is organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation® (TCLF), 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.   

The exhibition is available for viewing by the public during the regular opening hours of Bldg. B at UC Riverside Palm Desert Center.

Free Unticketed Event

Things to Know

No ticket is required.
The exhibition runs from February 10, 2020 until March 20, 2020.
Opening hours will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
It will be closed on Sunday and holidays (i.e., February 17, 2020).
Handicap parking is available., This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week

Event Check-in Location

UC Riverside Palm Desert Center, Bldg. B, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Photo Credits: Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain, Portland Open Space Sequence, Portland, OR. (Photo by Jeremy Bittermann, 2016), Yosemite Falls Corridor, Yosemite National Park, CA (Photo by Phillip Bond, 2016), Plaza Las Fuentes, Pasadena, CA (Photo by Jill Paider, 2016), Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington D.C., (Photo by Roger Foley, 2016), Freeway Park, Seattle, WA (Photo by Aaron Leitz, 2016)


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