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Apr 15, 2011
Joel Meyerowitz: Legacy—The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks
Art Institute of Boston, Main Gallery, Lesley University, Boston, MA Through April 30, 2011 By Kat Kiernan

Joel Meyerowitz spent his childhood playing cowboys and Indians and catching frogs along riverbanks until his mom called him home for supper. Such activities might suggest the marshlands of Louisiana or the woods of Oregon. Instead he lived in the Bronx, catching frogs in the Bronx River and playing cowboys with New York accents. It is this romanticized idea of childhood that Meyerowitz recalled when he accepted the commission by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to document the almost 9,000 acres of parkland that have been preserved in their natural state.

The 250 luscious color photographs that make up his book Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks exist as a historic collection, documenting the parklands for the first...



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