Society of Fellows Celebrates a New Book by Laurie Olin

Color photograph of a double page spread of a book; pictured are two drawings of street scenes in Rome
Laurie Olin’s book includes a reproduction of his drawing of Largo Porta San Pancrazio and Bar Giancolo, around the corner from the entrance to the McKim, Mead & White Building

The Society of Fellows cohosted a Gatherings event, with the American Academy of Arts and Letters, that was held on Febraury 13 in the academy’s beautiful library on West 155th Street in Manhattan, with impressive views of the Hudson River.

The landscape architect Laurie Olin (1974 Fellow, 1990 and 2008 Resident) was in great form and gave a talk accompanied by photos of his newly published book, In Italy: Sketches and Drawings (ORO Editions). 

Color photograph of a light skinned man wearing glasses and a white beard sitting in a chair
Laurie Olin

The drawings range from very detailed, up-close examinations of villas and gardens to more abstracted, loose perceptions of Italy in its seasons and agriculture.

Olin’s introductory notes and remarks allowed us to experience the environment from his eyes: taking the time to see carefully.

In attendance were many of the community that Olin has met and befriended from his numerous visits to the Rome campus.

Color photograph of two light skinned women standing in a library
From left: Elizabeth Bartman (1983 Fellow, 2009 Resident) and Rebecca Ammerman (1991 Fellow)

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