A GENIUS FOR PLACE: AMERICAN LANDSCAPES OF THE COUNTRY PLACE ERA
October 6 – December 30 2007
Explore an era of richly inventive landscapes. Historian and author Robin Karson and photographer Carol Betsch collaborate on these haunting images of six imaginative landscape designs. This collection showcases seventy 20-by-24 inch black-and-white photographs and seven 42-by-52-inch color Iris prints.
In conjunction with the exhibition Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, guided tours of the original Bryant Fleming gardens will be offered on Saturdays at 1:30 pm during the duration of the exhibit.
Cheekwood has a significant place among the many incredibly designed Country Place estates of the early 1900’s. Designed by nationally prominent landscape architect Bryant Fleming between 1929 and 1932, the estate offers an eighteenth-century English country house and garden in a southern setting. The traditional garden design includes water features, statues, rock-lined walls, pools and beautifully executed ornamental ironwork. English and European artifacts compliment both home and garden.
Fleming’s brilliant design for home and gardens were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.