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Pondering the Folly: The DŽsert de Retz and Its Legacy

Mar 2, 2000 – May 28, 2000
The Désert de Retz is the supreme surviving example of the 18th century folly garden in France. The exhibition combined 18th century prints of the garden and other historical material with 20th century images by noted landscape photographer Michael Kenna.

Accompanying lecture included:

"From Jefferson to Colette, The Désert de Retz and its Legacy for the Artist and Writer" by Diana Ketcham, Co-curator of the exhibition and author

"A New Garden for New Orleans: The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art" by John Bullard, Director, New Orleans Museum of Art and Lee Ledbetter, Architect

"Le Désert de Retz, The Preservation of an 18th Century Picturesque Garden" by Olivier Choppin de Janvry, Owner of Le Désert de Retz

"Piazza d’Italia From Development to Preservation" by Ronald J. Filson, Architect

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