Landscapes of Memory and Meaning

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Landscapes of Memory and Meaning
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May 17, 2022 May 17, 2022 1440 Landscapes of Memory and Meaning Brought to you by New York Botanical Garden + Gather
May 17, 2022
8:00 am

This year marks the bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted's birth, a towering figure whose work continues to benefit communities nationwide. Join landscape architect Sara Zewde as she discusses Olmsted's often overlooked journey through the Southern slave states, a period that shaped his understanding of the many ways landscape, class, ecology, and power intersect. By exploring the four months she spent retracing Olmsted's steps and her own deep archival research, Zewde examines the extent to which Southern landscapes today memorialize history and what that reveals about modern power dynamics. She will also discuss her own design work such as Genesee Street in Houston, TX and Graffiti Pier in Philadelphia, PA which will serve to illustrate just how transformative landscapes can be.

New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant world. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center. Established in 1891, The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is distinguished by the beauty of its landscape, collections, and gardens, and the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science. Today, the 250-acre Garden—the largest in any city in the United States—is a National Historic Landmark.
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