Innisfree: Art, Science & Inspiration
Kate Kerin is the Landscape Curator at Innisfree Garden, the powerful icon of mid-twentieth century design in Millbrook, New York, where sweeping landscapes merge the essence of Modernist and Romantic ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles, resulting is a distinctly American stroll garden. Kerin is also currently the Director of Recruitment of Open Days for the Garden Conservancy. Her deep belief in the transformative power of landscape is demonstrated through her professional life, including projects such as the Wallace Visitor Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park: Dutchess Golf & Country Club, Poughkeepsie; and numerous historic estates.
The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to announce our forthcoming exhibition, Robert Dash: Printmaker, will be open to preview during the third annual THAW FEST, on Saturday March 7, 2020, with a talk by master printmaker Dan Welden at 11:00 a.m. The exhibition will then be on view in the summer studio at Madoo by appointment only through May 15th, and then open to the public during regular open hours, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m., through July 18, 2020.
In 1967, Robert Dash relocated permanently to Sagaponack to the home he christened MADOO where he devoted himself to painting, poetry and gardening. The prints in this exhibition are a continuation of his quintessential paintings of the Sagaponack landscape from the 1970s – 80s. Employing a variety of techniques including lithography, serigraphy, and pochoir, they reveal the reciprocal relationship between painting and printmaking in his work, wherein paintings begot prints whose compositions were employed in later paintings. In the “Garden” series from 1972, a collaboration with his close friend, Pulitzer Prize winning poet James Schuyler, earlier paintings became maquettes for lithographs paired with lines selected from Schuyler’s diary. And much like the continuously evolving environments composing his garden, characterized by variations and deviations upon particular themes, pochoir offered Dash the possibility of placing a singular composition into a state of flux, altering colors, shifting focal points and playing with positive and negative space. In 2006, Dash took a stack of unsigned, uneditioned serigraphs produced in 1972, gessoed over them, and created a large series of palimpsests, poetic gestures capturing the disappearing spirit of the Sagaponack once home only to farms and artists and writers. These works on paper in turn led to his final body of large paintings, Sagg Main. The prints of Robert Dash stand on their own as works of art, but just as important are the glimpses they reveal into the creative processes of a mind never at ease and always searching.
Dan Welden is a master printmaker and the Director of Hampton Editions, Ltd. in Sag Harbor, NY. He is a pioneer of the alternative health and safety movement in printmaking and co-authored the book “Printmaking in the Sun.” He has worked with numerous artists including Willem de Kooning, Kiki Smith, Eric Fischl, Roy Nicholson and Dan Flavin. Welden collaborated with Robert Dash on several of the editions included in the exhibition.
THAW FEST is a Hamptons-wide arts festival organized by fellow Hamptons Arts Network (HAN) organizations to celebrate the start of spring and promote the broadly diverse range of cultural programs that make the South Fork of Long Island unique. To see further THAW FEST programming, please visit hamptonsartsnetwork.org.
Join us in the summer studio at Madoo for an engaging dialogue with Dan Welden, master printmaker, and enjoy a special THAW FEST preview of the the exhibition Robert Dash: Printmaker. Dan Welden is a master printmaker and the Director of Hampton Editions, Ltd. in Sag Harbor, NY. He is a pioneer of the alternative health and safety movement in printmaking and co-authored the book “Printmaking in the Sun.” He has worked with numerous artists including Willem de Kooning, Kiki Smith, Eric Fischl, Roy Nicholson and Dan Flavin. Welden collaborated with Robert Dash on several of the editions included in the exhibition.
Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill
Louis Bauer, Senior Director of Horticulture, Wave Hill
Overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades, Wave Hill explores human connections to the natural world and celebrates the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes. Bauer will discuss Nature into Art, the new book about Wave Hill by Thomas Christopher with photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo. In his previous position at Greenwood Gardens, Bauer oversaw the landscape aspects of the recent restoration, while revitalizing other garden features of that century-old garden.
Wethersfield: A Renaissance Garden in the Hudson Valley
Toshi Yano, Director of Horticulture at Wethersfield
Situated in Amenia, New York, Wethersfield is a 10-acre public garden nestled within a 1,000-acre estate, first established in 1937 by philanthropist Chauncey Devereaux Stillman. In 2019, following stints at Stonecrop Gardens and a private estate in Westchester County, Toshi Yano arrived at Wethersfield to update and maintain the Renaissance-style gardens.
The Madoo Conservancy is honored to present Stephen Scanniello: The Rose Whisperer for the seventh annual Madoo in Manhattan Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at a private club in Manhattan with a reception to follow.
Pre-eminent rosarian, author, lecturer, and gardener Stephen Scanniello is presently the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden Curator for the New York Botanical Garden and rosarian for Elizabeth Park, the nation’s oldest public rose garden located in West Hartford, CT. He is a judge for the rose trials of Bagatelle in Paris since 1986 and president of the Heritage Rose Foundation. Stephen has worked tirelessly throughout his career to preserve heritage roses and in 2009 created the Heritage Rose District of New York City ― a volunteer project that promotes heritage roses and gardening with the children of Harlem. Stephen’s serious approach to determining best practices in rose care has been recognized by numerous honors and awards including the Great Rosarian of the World Award in 2009, the 2013 Jane Righter Rose Medal from the Garden Club of America, of which he was made a lifetime member, and the American Horticultural Society’s Annual Book Award in 1998 for his book “A Year of Roses.” He has authored and co-authored five books on roses. Stephen Scanniello lives for roses and describes each one as if he were describing a quirky, adored relative. Stephen was honored alongside Julie Andrews by the New York Botanical Garden in 2015, and by Bette Midler and her New York Restoration Project in 2019 for his ongoing work in rose preservation and education.
Madoo in Manhattan 2019The 6th annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture
Enzo EneaWe were honored to welcome Enzo Enea, Swiss landscape architect and one of the world’s most prominent tree collectors to the 2019 Madoo in Manhattan. Enea received numerous gold and silver awards at the Giardina show in Basel and Zurich and in 1998 a significant certificate of merit at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London. A hallmark of Enzo Enea’s projects is the fusion of outdoor and indoor spaces. In 2010, one of Enea’s most noteworthy projects, the Tree Museum, officially opened its gates to the public. Situated on breathtaking land near Upper Lake Zurich in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, the Tree Museum exhibits individual trees from the collection of Enzo Enea as well contemporary sculpture, combining landscape, botany, art, architecture, and design.
Madoo in Manhattan
The 5th annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture
THE DRAMATIC POTENTIAL OF LANDSCAPE
We were honored to welcome British Landscape Architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan to this year’s Madoo in Manhattan lecture. Longstaffe-Gowan is Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, Landscape Adviser to the Crown Estate Paving Commission in Regent’s Park and President, and founding member of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. Todd has taken on a range of diverse projects both in Britain and abroad, many of them have included an element of conservation. In March 2012 he and his colleague James Fox completed the redesign of Kensington Palace Gardens to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.
Todd brings to his garden design a sense of the complexities of our relation to the past that is informed by his training and experience as an architect, landscape architect, cultural geographer and historian. He has a strong interest in the sculptural and dramatic potential of landscapes, and in the ways in which their aesthetic possibilities relate to the uses, activities and symbolic functions for which they are destined.