MEDIA KIT: Masters of Modern Landscape Design

Miller House and Garden

Miller House and Garden. Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum Art.

September Conference Celebrates Masters of Modern Landscape Design

Indianapolis Museum of Art, September 28-29, 2013

Whether they created public plazas or private retreats, each of the eight landscape architects featured in the upcoming LALH conference “Masters of Modern Landscape Design” asserted a distinct artistic vision. What they shared, from Dan Kiley and Garrett Eckbo to Ruth Shellhorn and Lawrence Halprin, was assertiveness itself—the boldness to break with Beaux Arts tradition and embrace designs they believed were relevant to the modern condition.



On September 28 and 29, LALH convenes prominent scholars from all over the country at the Indianapolis Museum of Art to introduce their recent work on eight modern landscape architects:

  • Jane Amidon on Dan Kiley
  • Dean Cardasis on James Rose
  • Kelly Comras on Ruth Shellhorn
  • Kenneth Helphand on Lawrence Halprin
  • JC Miller and Reuben Rainey on Robert Royston
  • David Streatfield on Garrett Eckbo
  • Marc Treib on Thomas Church
  • Thaisa Way on A. E. Bye

Each of the conference speakers is also the author of a forthcoming LALH monograph in a new book series exploring the career, major works, and legacy of a modernist master. Intended to appeal to a broad audience, the books will be inexpensive, generously illustrated, and written in clear, jargon-free prose. The Masters of Modern Landscape Design series is scheduled for completion in 2016. W.W. Norton will distribute the volumes internationally.

Register for the conference now online, or call the IMA at 317-955-2339. The $200 registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch for both days, as well as special tours of Oldfields: The J. K. Lilly, Jr. Estate at the IMA, and Dan Kiley’s masterpiece, the Miller House and Garden in Columbus. Click here to see the full schedule of events.

Professional Development Hours will be offered to members of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA): 9 PDHs – LA CES approved.

Generously hosted by the IMA, the conference is sponsored by the Library of American Landscape History. The LALH mission is to foster understanding of the fine art of landscape architecture and appreciation for North America’s richly varied landscape heritage through LALH books, exhibitions, and online resources. Visit to learn more.

Contact: Jane Roy Brown
413-549-4860, Monday–Thursday

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