The 2017 Symposium on the Arts of France: Le Château

 In English

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
11:00 a.m. Coffee/ 11:30 a.m. Lecture
54 W. Chicago Avenue
Individual Lecture Tickets: $45

The French Garden: From Medieval Amenity to Modern Cultural Icon

The French Garden is a globally recognized symbol of power and prestige. How did it first come into being, and why does it continue to inspire after so many centuries? This lecture traces the evolution of the French Garden from its first appearance in the late-Middle Ages to its “perfection” in the seventeenth century, a period over which the garden played a key role in opening the château to the larger landscape. Bringing us to the present, the lecture also touches on aspects of management and preservation, concerns anticipated in the past and that have become especially pressing in our rapidly changing world.


David L. Hays is Associate Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, co-editor of the journal Forty-Five, and founding principal of the design practice Analog Media Lab. Trained in architecture and history of art, his scholarly research explores the history of garden and landscape design in early modern Europe, with special emphasis on France, as well as the theory and practice of contemporary design. Hays’s writings have been published in leading international journals and presses, and his creative work was featured recently in “Outside Design,” an exhibition at the Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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