Toronto Metropolitan DAS | Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Paul H. Cocker Gallery
325 Church Street, Toronto, ON
“Genius Loci”, refers to Oberlander’s skillful approach to design that results in timeless and extremely site-specific landscapes. In classical Roman literature, a genius loci was the protective spirit of a place. Oberlander, as a landscape architect, is the modern equivalent of this. Her designs advocate for less of an interruption and more of an amplification of what already exists in that spot. With her public work frequently located in urban environments, she seeks to soften the harshness of city life by offering spaces of respite in micro-natural environments, whether through the employment of scented plants, pools and falls of water, or the simple pleasure of a lone fruit tree. Because Oberlander’s designs have always been so site-specific, she has constantly evolved, and continued to take well-considered risks.
With the lens of genius loci, this exhibition explores Oberlander’s work to reveal connections that forge community and that foster a deeper alignment with ecology and the natural environment. Featuring her renowned work—such as the National Gallery of Art, Ottawa; and the Legislative Assembly Building and Capital Site of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife—as well as highlighting work that has embraced considerations of public concern such as places for children and projects with a social emphasis, this exhibition reveals how Oberlander has continued to advance the bar of landscape architecture. While some projects in the exhibition have been featured in previous exhibitions of her work, this exhibition seeks to find connection between a modernist design lineage and a desire for community connection and the enhanced experience of public space.
This exhibition will be open to the public (no registration required) at the Paul H. Cocker Gallery between August 11th and September 9th, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, seven days a week.
*Please use the intercom system to gain access via the South East doors.