Date: Monday, January 28th, 2019
Location: 112 Wurster Auditorium
Title: On (Landscape and) Photography: Appreciating the Landscape Architecture of Dan Kiley
The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s traveling exhibition “The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley” celebrates the centenary of Kiley’s 1912 birth through the commissioning of 45 photographs by 23 photographers documenting 28 projects. Now entering its sixth year, the exhibition has been illustrating a portion of Kiley’s corpus in university and cultural venues across the US. In doing so, it not only reminds us of Kiley’s contribution to modernist landscape architecture, but it also prompts an examination on how Kiley’s landscapes have been documented by professional photographers, and a reflection of our appreciation of Kiley’s landscapes vis-à-vis our appreciation of photographs of Kiley’s landscapes. The lecture will focus on the design and photographic representation of one of Kiley’s most famous projects and an oft-proclaimed modernist masterpiece, the landscape at the Miller House (1957, Columbus, Indiana). The Miller Garden has been the subject of some of the most highly regarded architectural and landscape architectural photographers of the latter half of the 20th century, such as Ezra Stoller, Balthazar Korab, and Alan Ward. For many landscape architects, especially until the property was opened to the public in 2011, it was these photographs that effectively communicated the project to the landscape architectural profession. The lecture will address how we understand and appreciate Kiley’s landscape at the Miller House through the medium of photography, and in doing so, offers approaches for engaging with the photographs throughout the exhibition.
Mark R. Eischeid is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon where he teaches history, theory, and design studios. His research focuses on the history, theory, critique, and aesthetics of 20th and 21st century landscape architecture. Mark is a licensed landscape architect (California) and previously worked for Sasaki Associates and Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture on campus, waterfront, and residential projects in the US and Asia. Mark is also a practicing artist, has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Japan, Denmark, and Greenland, and has work in private and public collections in the US, UK, and the Netherlands.