A Ramble in Olmsted Parks
January 22–May 11, 2008
This exhibition features approximately forty photographs made by Lee Friedlander in the public parks and private estates designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903), North America's premier landscape architect. The show celebrates the complex, idiosyncratic picture making of one of the country's greatest living photographers. It also marks the 150th anniversary of the design (1858) for Olmsted's masterpiece, New York's Central Park. Rambling with intent across bridges and through the parks' open meadows and dense understory, Friedlander finds pure pleasure in Olmsted's landscapes—in the meticulous stonework, in the careful balance of sun and shade, and in the mature, weather-beaten trees and their youthful issue.