Gallery Lecture: “Spray to Smoke: Frederick Law Olmsted in the Genesee Valley”

November 15, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery in Brodie Hall, SUNY Geneseo
1 College Cir
Geneseo, NY 14454
Cynthia Hawkins, Director of Galleries and Curator

Fall 2017 Art History Faculty Lecture Series 

Speaker: Charles Burroughs, Adjunct Professor of Art History

As a relatively short-term resident of Rochester with a long-term interest in landscape and environmental history, Charles Burroughs has been working on a previously neglected aspect of Frederick Law Olmsted’s park planning in Rochester, with a particular emphasis on his response to the gorge of the Genesee River, where he planned North (later Seneca) Park. Burroughs argues that Olmsted’s conception, as in Central Park, NY, of a mainly pastoral, rather elitist landscape as an enclave completely removed from the urban world gave way to an approach more accepting of contemporary, including popular, interests and activities.

Charles Burroughs is Adjunct Professor of Art History at SUNY Geneseo. He retired as Smith Professor of Humanities in the Departments of Classics and Art History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Formerly he taught at Binghamton University, UC Berkeley (School of Architecture), and Northwestern University. He has a BA from Balliol College, Oxford; and M.Phil and PhD from the Warburg Institute, University of London. He has published extensively on Italian art, architecture, and urbanism of the Renaissance. 

All events are free and open to the public.

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