The Alexandria Association is the city’s oldest organization devoted to the preservation of Alexandria’s historic buildings, landscapes, records, and antiquities; and to education in the decorative, fine, and building arts.
Meetings are held at 8 pm
The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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This past year marked the tercentenary of the birth of the English “placemaker” Lancelot “Capability” Brown, a figure whose name is synonymous with eighteenth-century landscape gardening and the legacy of naturalistic planning styles. His influence extended far beyond England and is found in the young United States as a vivid aesthetic concept and model for American landscape and garden design.
The translation of Brown’s style to America required significant adaptation to this country’s physical environments, agricultural economy, legal structures, labor resources, and political ideals, particularly the emphasis on civic spaces open to public gatherings. Using evidence from traveler’s accounts, diaries, correspondence and newspapers, Dr. Therese O’Malley provides vivid details of experience and experimentation with plants, soils, design and function of gardens as they evolved into an American evocation of Brown’s landscape garden.
Therese O'Malley is the Associate Dean at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Her scholarship concerns the history of landscape architecture and garden design, primarily in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a focus on the transatlantic exchange of plants, ideas, and people.
Recent publications include Modernism and Landscape Architecture, 1890-1940, co-edited with Joachim Wolschke Buhlmann, Keywords in American Landscape Design, The Art of Natural History, co-edited with Amy W. Meyers, and many articles on the early profession of landscape design, American gardens and the history of botanic gardens. She is a Fellow and past president of the Society of Architectural Historians, former chair of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History and Senior Fellow in Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. Dr. O’Malley is a director of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, a founding member of SAH’s Landscape Chapter, and a board member of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy in Baltimore. She lectures internationally and has been guest professor at Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University. She is currently engaged in creating a digital archive based on her book Keywords in American Landscape Design that will reside on the National Gallery website. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Malley to the Alexandria Association!
Monday March 19, 2018
201 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
“Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in America”