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JHU Museums Spring Calendar Highlights

March 13, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heather Stalfort
Office: 410-516-8329
Cell: 443-794-9164
hestalfort@jhu.edu

TREASURES OF CHINESE EXPORT ART AT HOMEWOOD MUSEUM
On view through Apr. 2, 2017
Location: Homewood Museum
Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour or by advance arrangement.
The first American ship to sail goods direct from Canton in Southern China landed in Baltimore on August 9, 1785, just two years after the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War. Baltimoreans like Charles and Harriet Carroll of Homewood were eager for Chinese exports, regarded as objects of great luxury. Porcelains and teas were only part of the trade—the cargoes were full of precious silks, paintings, lacquerware, metalwork, and ivory. This spotlight exhibition features superb examples of Chinese export reverse mirror paintings and porcelains drawn from Homewood Museum’s holdings. Normally on view in the period rooms, these works of art are some of the world’s most enduring examples of early globalization and inter-cultural communication. They were selected and researched with the assistance of Homewood Museum curatorial intern Jamesha Caldwell, a senior at Baltimore City College.

 

SEVENTEEN MEN: PORTRAITS OF BLACK CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS
On view through June 4, 2017
Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour or $3 for the exhibition only.
The faces and names of seventeen African-American soldiers who served under Captain William A. Prickitt are recorded in a rare surviving miniature photo album that was treasured by the Union Army officer, passed down through generations of his family, and is now part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. A mix of free and enslaved blacks ranging in age from 15 to 50 who reportedly saved their young officer from extreme illness, the soldiers’ images have been enlarged to life size in colored pencil drawings by Michigan artist Shayne Davidson, who meticulously researched the lives of the men she was depicting. The exhibition features her drawings and research, and includes Civil War-era memorabilia drawn from the collections of Evergreen Museum & Library and the Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries.

 

ROOMS WITH VIEWS, VISTAS WITH STORIES
On view March 12 through September 30, 2017
Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour or by advance arrangement.
This exhibition explores a group of fourteen miniature watercolor drawings depicting interiors, landscapes, and social activities in nineteenth-century Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. Owned by Evergreen’s first Mrs. Garrett, Alice Whitridge Garrett, and documenting people and places from her family history, these rare renderings by self-taught artist Joseph Shoemaker Russell give a vivid glimpse of American domestic life from 1814 to just before the Civil War. They are complemented by other possessions treasured by Mrs. Garrett, including an important Pennsylvania slant-front desk and what is believed to be her first portrait. The exhibition is guest curated by Evergreen Museum & Library curatorial intern Samantha Igo, a junior majoring in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

 

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: INTERPRETING MODERN DESIGN
On view March 12 through September 30, 2017
Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour or by advance arrangement.
This exhibition spotlights six decorative art objects recently given to Evergreen that were made in Europe and the United States between 1900 to 1935 in the Art Nouveau through Art Deco styles. Each object achieves something very rebellious for its time and exemplifies the stylistic break with tradition that members of such modern international design movements sought. The installation juxtaposes the historical with a single contemporary work chosen by the student curator, further emphasizing each generation’s desire to be original and unique. The exhibition is guest curated by Evergreen Museum & Library intern Maia Washington, a junior at Western High School in Baltimore City.

 

THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL 2017 Lecture Series
Mar. 15, Apr. 12 and May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: Series subscription: $80 public; $60 members, and JHU faculty, staff, students and alumni (with ID). Available by advance purchase only: online at http://www.evergreenmuseum.eventbrite.com or by calling 410-516-0341. Walk-in registration is based on seating availability.

 

Mar. 15: A Cole Porter Companion: “A Bubbly Élan Worthy of the Master Himself”
Cost: $25 public, $20 members, and JHU faculty, staff, students and alumni (with ID). Ticket includes a reception with wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Advance registration is requested: online at http://www.evergreenmuseum.eventbrite.com or by calling 410-516-0341. Walk-in registration is based on seating availability.
The recent essay collection A Cole Porter Companion (University of Illinois, 2016) sets the stage for a recreation of Evergreen evenings long ago with the great Mr. Porter, his wife Linda, and their friends gathered about a piano. Hosted by the book’s co-editor and Peabody Conservatory musicologist Susan Forscher Weiss, this delightful evening includes little known stories about the master tunesmith’s life and art, interspersed with performances of timeless Cole Porter songs. Also appearing will be Matthew Shaftel, dean of Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University, and Cole Porter scholar Lynn Laitman Siebert. Music by Peabody alums Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Music) and Sarah Berger (MM ’00 Voice), sopranos, and pianist Choo Choo Hu (B.M. piano 2010, G.P.D. piano 2012). Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

 

Apr. 12: THE PARISH-HADLEY LEGACY: A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN J. TACKETT
Cost: $45 public, $35 members, and JHU faculty, staff, students and alumni (with ID). Ticket includes a cocktails and a light supper. Advance registration is required: online at http://www.evergreenmuseum.eventbrite.com or by calling 410-516-0341.
The partnership between Sister Parish and Albert Hadley influenced American décor for more than three decades, and their legendary firm was a training ground for dozens of designers now acclaimed in their own right. Renowned alumnus John J. Tackett discusses his early career with the iconic tastemakers, shares current trends in residential architecture and design, and takes audience questions over cocktails and a light supper. John J. Tackett’s work has been published in Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, House & Garden, and House Beautiful, in addition to more than a dozen books on architecture and design. He is the owner of John Tackett Design in Memphis, Tennessee and the author of the blog, The Devoted Classicist.

 

May 1O: MODERN ART AT EVERGREEN: CONTEMPORARY AND COSMOPOLITAN
Cost: $20 public, $15 members, and JHU faculty, staff, students and alumni (with ID). Ticket includes a reception with wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Advance registration is requested: online at http://www.evergreenmuseum.eventbrite.com or by calling 410-516-0341. Walk-in registration is based on seating availability.
John and Alice Garrett established life-long friendships with several of the artists they supported, including Miguel Covarrubias, Herbert Haseltine, and Léon Bakst. While their collection reflects the couple’s years spent abroad, a result of John’s diplomatic postings, it was Alice’s ardent enthusiasm for the arts that was the driving force in its formation and development. Art historian Bodil Ottesen shares insights on Evergreen’s twentieth-century art collection as it relates to Alice’s evolution from novice collector to seasoned connoisseur. Bodil Ottesen is a lecturer and adjunct faculty member in art history at several Baltimore institutions. She is a contributing author to Evergreen’s forthcoming publication EVERGREEN: The Garrett Family, Collectors and Connoisseurs.

 

EDIBLE EVERGREEN 2017 KITCHEN GARDEN COURSE
Begins Apr. 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: $125 public; $105 members (nonrefundable, but transferable with advance notice). Registration includes museum admission on day of class. Class size limited to 20 and advance, pre-paid registration required: 410-516-0341.
This kitchen garden course, presented over five Saturdays (Apr. 1, May 13, Jun. 10, Aug. 26, Oct. 21) by chef John Shields and farm manager Jon Carroll of Gertrude’s Restaurant, highlights three seasons of sustainably growing and preparing fresh organic produce. The series includes hands-on gardening workshops in the restaurant’s garden at Evergreen, cooking demonstrations, a chef’s tour of the Waverly Farmers’ Market, and a concluding fall harvest luncheon at Gertrude’s. Participants will receive printed material on home kitchen garden planning and growing techniques, and recipes incorporating the featured crops.

 

MUSIC AT EVERGREEN: PIERRE BENSUSAN, GUITAR
Apr. 1, 3 p.m.
Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: $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 12 noon or 1 p.m.) and a post-concert reception with the musicians. Advance tickets are strongly recommended: online at
http://www.bpt.me/producer/22987 or by calling 410-516-0341. Walk-in tickets are based on seating availability.
Described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today,” internationally-renowned acoustic guitar singer and composer Pierre Bensusan is often referred to as the “Mozart of Guitar.” His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music, or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. Note: The program will be announced from the stage.

 

ART SCENE/ART SEEN ARTIST STUDIO VISIT SERIES
Begins Apr. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: $95 public; $80 members. Limited to 16 participants. This is a subscription-only series of four artist studio tours. Advance registration is required by calling 410.516.0341. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/ from each studio and will be provided with directions in advance of each tour. Some studios may contain stairs.
This unique and fun series (Apr. 9, 23, 30, May 7) brings you inside the studios of some of the most exciting artists working in Baltimore today. Enjoy seeing the artistic process in action and encounter working artists in their Baltimore studios, including Ian Reynolds, Sara Grose, Nicole Dyer, Alex Ebstein, James Bouché, June Culp, Nathan Miller, and others. The tours are led by sculptor and MICA grad Tony Auth, Evergreen’s 2017 artist-in-residence, and James Archer Abbott, The Philip Franklin Wagley Director and Curator of Evergreen Museum & Library. Wine and light refreshments will conclude each session.

 

MUSIC AT EVERGREEN: SANG-EUN LEE, CELLO
Apr. 22, 3 p.m.

Location:
Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: $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 12 noon or 1 p.m.) and a post-concert reception with the musicians. Advance tickets are strongly recommended: online at
http://www.bpt.me/producer/22987 or by calling 410-516-0341. Walk-in tickets are based on seating availability.
Described by the Washington Post as a “prodigiously talented young artist with powerful technique and musical poise,” 21-year-old cellist Sang-Eun Lee blew away judges and audiences alike at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Born in Seoul, Korea, she attended the Korean National University of Arts, where she worked with Myung Cha Chung and Sang Min Park. She currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music, working with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey. Her passionate performance style dances between fierce and sweet on repertoire ranging from Brahms to Crumb. The program will include music by De Falla, Cassado, Schumann, and Schubert. Please note: program is subject to change at the discretion of the artist.

 

BEYOND THE PAGES: BOOK LAUNCH PARTY FOR EVERGREEN: THE GARRETT FAMILY, COLLECTORS AND CONNOISSEURS
May 21
, 3–6 p.m.
Location:
Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost:
$55 public; $45 members. Advance tickets are requested: online at http://www.evergreenmuseum.eventbrite.com or by calling 410-516-0341.
The Evergreen Museum & Library Advisory Council invites you to a special afternoon celebrating the museum’s new landmark publication, EVERGREEN: The Garrett Family, Collectors and Connoisseurs, from the Johns Hopkins University Press. Join the authors for a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating family histories, richly preserved archives, evolving architectural spaces, and growing collections of this magnificent Baltimore Gilded Age estate. Enjoy celebratory bubbles, indulge in delectable hors d’oeuvres, hear pop-up gallery talks and live music, and see extraordinary collection items not normally on view. Guests will have an opportunity to purchase the book before its official publication date with a commemorative bookplate signed by the authors.

 

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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