Lecture: Thin Places

October 22, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunset
Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunset, 1909, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, Paul G. Allen Family Collection


Richard Hartlage, Landscape Architect

There are some places in this world that captivate and inspire. They nudge us out of our traditional ways of seeing the natural world, giving us a deep sense of the magnitude of being in the present. There is a word for these destinations: thin places, where the boundary between heaven and earth is especially thin. Can gardens be thin places? Landscape architect Richard Hartlage suggests that they can, with thoughtful collaboration and discipline. Hartlage will talk about two significant projects that have changed how he perceives the process of creating exceptional gardens that leave strong emotional impressions, and the ingredients that imbue a place with meaning.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with seating available on a first come, first seated basis. If you would like to view the exhibition before the talk, you can reserve your ticket here. Admission is always free for members.

This lecture is offered in partnership with the Leach Botanical Garden as part of its 2015 Lecture Series.

For more information, please visit the Leach Botanical Garden website.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.