Yvonne Elet and Caleb Mitchell


Art Library Exhibit Case Showing Matthew Vassar's Shovel, Photo T. Hill, May 18, 2022
 

Edith Roberts' native plantings  along the Fonteyn Kill, Vassar College, Photo T. Hill, May 6, 2017

May 18, 2022.

Vassar Professor of Art Yvonne Elet and Ford Scholar Caleb Mitchell discuss their exhibition The Campus Green: The Olmsted Firm's Designs for Vassar College, celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, on view in the Vassar College Art Library, April 11 - June 6.

There have long been unsubstantiated reports that Frederick Law Olmsted, known as the father of American landscape architecture, designed Vassar’s bucolic campus, although the source of Vassar’s early designs remains unclear. Drawing on new archival research, this exhibition presents the contributions by three generations of the Olmsted firm to the Vassar campus. Together with a brochure and an article in press, this exhibition marks the bicentennial of F. L. Olmsted’s birth on April 26, 2022. It is also the inaugural exhibition in a series about the history, preservation, and planning of the Vassar campus, organized by the Vassar Art Department. 

Vassar Campus History website: A digital repository for research  on the history of the architecture, landscape, and soundscape of the Vassar College campus
 

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