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The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden
October 19, 2016 - December 9, 2016
The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden, a photographic landscape architecture exhibition that chronicles the careers and influence of Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden, October 19–December 9, 2016. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
includes 52 contemporary and newly commissioned photographs of important residential, civic, and commercial projects.
Oehme & van Sweden revolutionized the field of landscape architecture with their New American Garden typology, one centered on the use of broad and lush sweeps of grasses and perennials and rich contrasts of textures rather than the neatly clipped lawn-based landscapes that characterized postwar American design.
Significant public examples in Washington, D.C., include their breakthrough project, the Federal Reserve Board Garden, along with the National World War II Memorial, U.S. National Arboretum, the German-American Friendship Garden, Reagan National Airport, the Department of State International Chancery Center, the planting design for Pershing Park (the park is designed by M. Paul Friedberg), a complex of Capitol Hill town homes, and others.