February 5, 2014 Mid-Century Modern

Exhibit: The Landscape Legacy of Dan Kiley

Dan Kiley at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.
Photograph courtesy Aaron Kiley.

Dan Kiley, one of the most influential modernist American landscape architects, worked with the giants of modernist architecture: Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Louis Kahn and Gordon Bunshaft. Locally, he partnered with the likes of Charles Goodman (in Hollin Hills) and Chloethiel Woodard Smith (Capitol Park in Southwest).

To honor his impact on modernism and to call attention to the need for effective stewardship of his work, the Cultural Landscape Foundation has produced The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kileya traveling photographic exhibition celebrating Kiley’s life and career. The exhibition features 45 photographs documenting the current state of some of Kiley’s most significant designs.

The exhibit will open at the National Building Museum this Saturday. Feb. 8 and will run through May 18.

Here’s an excellent online resource about Kiley and his work, including two projects here in DC: Banneker Park and the National Gallery of Art.

The Miller Garden in Columbus, IN. Photograph © Millicent Harvey, 2013, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.