Revelatory Landscapes

May 05-October 14, 2001

Over the last quarter of a century, landscape architecture has undergone a major transition and the evidence of change is seen in designs that go far beyond the shaping and planting of gardens and parks. Landscape designers have expanded their work in the exploration of the terrain of everyday experience, redefining the historical parameters of the field with their investigations. Related to the earthworks created in the last 50 years by artists who left the clean enclosures of galleries and museums to stake out land sites for their art, these new designs expose and interpret what exists, rather than obscuring the real conditions of the land with imposed design.

Revelatory Landscapes is made possible by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Creative Work Fund, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the LEF Foundation.

Revelatory Landscapes is organized by Aaron Betsky, former SFMOMA curator of architecture, design, and digital projects, and by guest curator Leah Levy.

Gustafson, landscape sketch with text

Kathryn Gustafson, Conceptual sketch for Wind, Sound, and Movement, 2001; courtesy the artist and Jaimi Baer