SF 1st stop for exhibition of Lawrence Halprin photos
by John King
San Francisco Chronicle
15 Feb 2017
Photo: Landscape architect Lawrence Halprin paints at his Sea Ranch home in 2008. Image courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle
“The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin” will open May 24 at the Palace of Fine Arts. 56 photographs of 30 Halprin projects including private homes along with such enduring destinations as Ghirardelli Square, Levi’s Plaza and Sea Ranch along the Sonoma County coast will be part of the exhibit. “Our goal is to inspire viewers about the artistry of the landscape architect,” said Charles Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, which organized the exhibition and commissioned the photographs. “You see the full flowering of Halprin’s bravado and dexterity with which he moves through different types of projects.”
The exhibition will be shown within the Innovation Hangar, the current tenant of the Palace, a city-owned landmark whose long-term use is uncertain. “It’s a great opportunity to bring some extra activity to the Palace,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department. “Halprin was very invested in our park system, particularly Stern Grove.” The exhibit will run through September before moving on to other locations. Here’s a sneak peak of the exhibition as a virtual tour at the National Building Museum. The photographs will travel to San Francisco, but the drawings, dioramas, and other artifacts will not go on tour.
This exhibit is organized and curated by the Cultural Landscape Foundation. For more information please visit their website.