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Johns Hopkins Museums Fall Highlights

August 13, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heather Egan Stalfort
410-516-8329
hestalfort@jhu.edu

BAKST REIMAGINED
New permanent exhibition now on view
Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour.

A new permanent exhibition celebrating Evergreen Museum & Library’s uniquely rich collection of work by revolutionary stage designer and artist Léon Bakst, who was a guest at Evergreen during the winter of 1923-1924. Born in Russia in 1866, Bakst belonged to that young generation of European artists who rebelled against 19th-century stage realism, which had become pedantic and literal, without imagination or theatricality. Bakst’s fame lay in the ballets he designed for the Diaghilev Ballets Russes. This rotating “open storage” installation highlights treasures from the museum’s Bakst collection that normally are out of view, including rarely seen costume and set designs for the Ballets Russes’ legendary production of The Sleeping Princess, and works commissioned for Evergreen’s private theatre. Guest curated by Nissa Cheng, Class of 2014 (Classics), Johns Hopkins University.

“FINERY & FINISH: EMBELLISHMENTS ON BALTIMORE FEDERAL FURNITURE”
On view Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
Location: Homewood Museum
Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour.

Furniture making emerged as one of Baltimore’s most significant art forms from the end of the 1700s through the first quarter of the 19th century. Cabinet shops flourished throughout the bustling port city, the fastest-growing in the country, and there was great demand for “fancy furniture” by a newly rich mercantile elite eager to furnish their Federal-style houses in the latest fashions. Interpreting English prototypes and designs by Hepplewhite and Sheraton, a highly skilled group of cabinetmakers—many of them London-trained—became specialists in inlay, gilding, carving, and painted decoration, and created a distinctly Baltimore style through the choice and execution of these opulent, yet refined, finishing touches. Bringing together an exceptional group of tables, sideboards, desks, chairs, and other furniture pieces drawn mostly from private collections, this exhibition highlights the original designs and decorative forms of Baltimore craftsmen, and particularly those favored by Homewood Museum’s original owners, Charles and Harriet Chew Carroll. The exhibition is presented in memory of William Voss Elder III, a longtime member of the Homewood Museum Advisory Board.

OPENING RECEPTION FOR “FINERY & FINISH: EMBELLISHMENTS ON BALTIMORE FEDERAL FURNITURE”
Thursday, Sept. 18, 5-7 p.m.
Location: Homewood Museum
Cost: $8 public; free for JHU Museums members and JHU faculty, staff and students with J-Card ID. Reservations are requested. RSVP by email to homewoodmuseum@jhu.edu or by calling 410-516-5589.

Be among the first to see Homewood Museum’s new special exhibition, Finery & Finish: Embellishments on Baltimore Federal Furniture, at a celebratory reception.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY: The Symbolism of Evergreen’s ‘Eight Immortals’ Scrolls
On view Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 through Sunday, May. 31, 2015
Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour.

In the early 1920s, Russian stage designer and artist Léon Bakst acquired an imposing series of late 18th-century red and gold painted Chinese scrolls for Evergreen as part of his avant-garde decorative scheme for a new dining room. Each scroll identifies one of the Eight Immortals, ancient figures empowered by a unique attribute that could extend life, bestow wealth, or destroy evil. This focus exhibition pushes beyond the decorative aspects of the scrolls to reveal a more nuanced appreciation of the fascinating mythological figures that inhabit them. Also on display are related works from the museum’s permanent collection. Guest curated by Shilei Chen, a junior from China majoring in history of art at Johns Hopkins University.

HOMEWOOD ORCHARD FEST
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, 12–4 p.m.

Location: Homewood Museum
Cost: Free with suggested donation of $5 ($15 for a family of any size).

This afternoon of interactive activities, demonstrations, and live music is presented in celebration of Homewood Museum’s new interpretive heirloom orchard. The orchard was initiated to encourage an appreciation of the early agricultural history of Baltimore and the original Homewood property. Today the main campus of Johns Hopkins University, Homewood was established in 1801 as a country retreat and working farm for Charles Carroll Jr., whose father was a Maryland signer of the Declaration of Independence. Visitors of all ages to Orchard Fest are invited to enjoy a variety of activities related to orchards, gardening, and early Baltimore history both inside and outside the museum. Visitors also are encouraged to explore the museum’s period-decorated rooms, browse the museum shop, and visit the special exhibition, Finery & Finish: Embellishments on Baltimore Federal Furniture.

BALTIMORE’S GREAT ARCHITECTURE 2014 LECTURE SERIES:
“THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF INTERIORS”
Mondays, Oct. 6, 20, and Nov. 3, 6 p.m. lecture, with a 5 p.m. reception
Location: TBD. Preceding reception is at Homewood Museum. Both are on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore.
Cost: 3-part subscription: $30 public; $20 JHU Museums and AIA members, and JHU faculty, staff and alumni (with ID); Free for students (full-time with ID); or individual programs: $12 public, $8 JHU Museums and AIA members, and JHU faculty, staff and alumni (with ID); Free for students (full-time with ID). Advance, pre-paid registration is strongly requested. Purchase tickets online at http://www.museums.jhu.edu or by calling 410-516-5589. Walk-in registration is based on seating availability (cash or check only accepted at the door).
Homewood Museum presents the 14th season of its Baltimore’s Great Architecture lecture series, organized as part of AIABaltimore’s Baltimore Architecture Month. Inspired by the current reinvestigation of Homewood’s original interior decoration—building on advances in analytical techniques since the house’s 1980s restoration—this year’s theme explores the latest scholarship concerning how curators, art and architectural historians, conservators, and other design detectives create visions of the past in historic settings.

Oct. 6: MATTHEW MOSCA, Historic Paint Finishes Consultant
“An Examination of Historic Finishes: Recent Discoveries Inside Homewood”

The interior of Homewood is an extraordinary example of the exuberance in decoration typical of the late-18th and early-19th centuries. The trends in decoration were propelled by the discovery of Pompeii, which began to be well known in the 1760s, and the increasing influence of classical antiquity on artistic style and the development of taste. Homewood may be seen as a Federal period ideal of this new international style. Through microscopic examination, nationally-recognized paint historian and analyst Matthew Mosca has revealed a much more complex and sophisticated decorative paint scheme than was previously identified. In this illustrated talk, he’ll share some of the exciting and surprising discoveries he has made in Homewood’s three principal entertaining rooms.

Oct. 20: STEVE LARSON, Adelphi Paper Hangings
“Reproducing the Locust Grove Arabesque”

Research and analysis into the interior treatments of Homewood’s Drawing Room have revealed that the room was originally wallpapered, rather than painted as previously identified. Steve Larson, co-founder of Adelphi Paper Hangings and an expert on the history of wallpaper, will discuss how new papers are produced using historic designs and techniques. His talk will focus on the complicated reproduction of an arabesque pattern used on the walls of Locust Grove, a Federal house near Louisville, Kentucky, and the planned reproduction of a similar French arabesque paper for Homewood’s Drawing Room, so that this space might be restored to its early 19th-century appearance.

Nov. 3: THOMAS A. REINHART, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens
“‘We Are Always in the Power of Workmen’: The Creation, Preservation and Restoration of George Washington’s ‘New Room’”

The “New Room” was the last addition George Washington made to his Virginia house, Mount Vernon. The finish of its interior was the only improvement project that Washington personally oversaw, and the story of its decade-long construction reveals Mount Vernon’s strong ties to Maryland. Thomas Reinhart, Mount Vernon’s Deputy Director for Architecture, will discuss many of the new findings that originated from the recently completed 14-month restoration of this magnificent space, and the resulting shift in interpretation from dining room to statement room and picture gallery, in the tradition of grand saloons in 18th-century British country houses.

MUSIC AT EVERGREEN CONCERT SERIES
Saturdays, Oct. 25, Mar. 21, and Apr. 18, 3 p.m. followed by a reception

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Bakst Theatre)

Cost: 3-concert series subscription: $55 public; $40 members, and JHU faculty, staff, and alumni (with ID); $25 students (full-time with ID); or individual concerts: $20 public; $15 members, and JHU faculty, staff, and alumni (with ID); $10 students (full-time with ID). Ticket includes admission to the museum guided tour (departs at noon, 1, or 2 p.m.) and a post-concert reception with the musicians. Limited space; advance tickets are recommended. Purchase tickets online at http://www.museums.jhu.edu or by calling 410-516-0341.

Evergreen Museum & Library’s popular and adventurous Music at Evergreen series of classical concerts returns for its sixty-second anniversary series, presenting live music in the museum’s stunning Bakst Theatre on three Saturdays in October, March and April.

Oct. 25: DUBLIN GUITAR QUARTET
Described as a “quartet with a difference” by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is a one-of-a-kind classical guitar ensemble that occupies a unique space in the wider chamber music world. It is the first classical guitar quartet devoted to new music. Audiences can expect an explosive, entertaining and completely novel concert experience. The program will include works by William Kanengiser, Nikita Koshikin, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, John Tavener, Kevin Volans, Urmas Sisask, Leo Brouwer, Cyrillus Kreek and György Ligeti. Please note: program is subject to change at the discretion of the artist.

SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY LIVE!
Saturday, Sept.  27, 12–4 p.m.

Location: Homewood Museum, Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: The Museum Day Live! Ticket provides free admission for two people. Tickets are available at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets/.

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket…for free.

EVERGREEN MUSEUM & LIBRARY DOCENT TRAINING COURSE
Mondays, Oct. 20, 27, and Nov. 3, 10, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: Free. Advance registration required by calling 410-516-0341.
Evergreen Museum & Library’s volunteer docents lead engaging and interactive tours to a variety of individuals, school groups and community organizations from around the world. They also assist with Evergreen’s special programs and contribute to the museum’s mission by fostering an appreciation for art, architecture and history in visitors of all ages. New docents will receive training in art appreciation, public speaking, and techniques for engaging visitors, along with ample opportunity to practice these skills. Docents are needed on weekends and/or weekdays, and schedules can be created to suit your needs and availability. Evergreen docents join the intellectual life of Johns Hopkins University, are offered opportunities for additional training, and are invited to attend social events, openings, lectures, and monthly tours of other historic sites.

 

FREE ADMISSION WEDNESDAYS
Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: Homewood Museum
Free museum guided tours 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tours depart on the hour and half-hour (last tour at 3:30 p.m.). Advance reservations appreciated by calling 410-516-5589.

Homewood Museum is taking part in Free Fall Baltimore by offering free guided tours on Wednesdays in October. Tours include admission to the museum’s special exhibition, Finery & Finish: Embellishments on Baltimore Federal Furniture. Free Fall Baltimore is a month of free arts events in Baltimore. For more information, visit http://www.freefallbaltimore.com.

 

Homewood Museum, Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: 410-516-5589
Email: homewoodmuseum@jhu.edu
Website: www.museums.jhu.edu

Hours: Open by guided tour offered on the hour and half-hour, Tuesday–Friday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday–Sunday: noon–4 p.m. Last tour at 3:30 p.m. Closed Monday, as well as major holidays. Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors (65+) and AAA members; $5 students (with ID), youth (6–18) and Johns Hopkins alumni and retirees; Free for members, Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students (with valid ID) and children (5 and under).

Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University
4545 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210
Tel: 410-516-0341
Email: evergreenmuseum@jhu.edu
Website: www.museums.jhu.edu

Hours: Open by guided tour offered hourly on the hour, Tuesday–Friday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday–Sunday: noon–4 p.m. Last tour at 3 p.m. Closed Monday, as well as major holidays. Free on-site parking. Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors (65+) and AAA members; $5 students (with ID), youth (6–18) and Johns Hopkins alumni and retirees; Free for members, Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students (with valid ID) and children (5 and under).


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