A Genius for Place Panel Exhibition

A Genius for Place traces the development of American landscape design by analyzing a group of landscapes that were chosen for their significance, state of preservation, and chronological and geographical distribution. Most are open to the public today. Robin Karson argues that the spirit of the place—the genius loci—continued to guide these twentieth-century practitioners, even as they began experimenting with other influences, from the Beaux Arts to modernism. Karson’s award-winning book of the same title has drawn wide praise. The London Telegraph identified it as the “most important book on American gardens for at least a decade.” An exhibition of original photographs specially commissioned for the book toured nationally from 2000 to 2012.

The panel exhibition includes eight double-sided, free-standing panels composed of a lightweight material trimmed in solid ash. Each panel is 1 3/8” thick x 33” wide x 81” high, with laminated graphics on both sides. Designed to be flexibly installed, the exhibition can occupy 500 to 1,000 square feet, or more. The shipping weight, when packed in three sturdy crates, is approximately 610 pounds. The exhibition is appropriate for public and university libraries, botanical gardens, house museums, and other venues unable to provide museum quality climate control.

Jones Library

A Genius for Place on display at Jones Library, Amherst, Mass.


For more information or to host the exhibition please call LALH, 413-549-4860.


October 10 – November 21-25, 2014
Forbes Library, Northampton, Massachusetts

January 31 – May 10, 2014
University of Massachusetts W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Amherst, Massachusetts

May 24 – August 24, 2014
Wistariahurst, Holyoke, Massachusetts

August 25 – September 28, 2014
The Jones Library, Amherst, Massachusetts

June 12 – July 10, 2019
Wildwood Metropark, Toledo, Ohio

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