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Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age

Judith Major, PhD, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University
1 Session: Monday, May 19, 7:00–8:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851-1934) was one of the premier figures in landscape writing and design at the turn of the twentieth century, at a moment when the amateur pursuit of gardening and the increasingly professionalized landscape design field were beginning to diverge. Her close relationship with Frederick Law Olmsted influenced her ideas on landscape gardening, and her interest in botany and geology shaped the ideas upon which her philosophy and art criticism were based. Judith Major presents the first in-depth study of the versatile critic and author, revealing Van Rensselaer’s vital role in this moment in the history of landscape architecture.

Fee $10 member, $15 nonmember
Offered in collaboration with the Friends of Fairsted
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