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Evergreen Museum & Library Presents Tai Hwa Goh Solo Exhibition

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March 14, 2012
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Korean-born artist and Evergreen artist-in-residence Tai Hwa Goh has created a three-dimensional, site-specific paper installation for Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library. It is on view in the solo exhibition, Lullaby in Evergreen, through Sunday, May 27, as part of guided museum tours.

“Evergreen’s House Guests artist-in-residency program was created to continue Alice Warder Garrett’s legacy of supporting artists during the first half of the 20th century,” says James Archer Abbott, director and curator of Evergreen Museum & Library. “The resulting exhibitions offer visitors new ways to see and understand the historic property through the work of contemporary artists.”

Goh is the museum’s 10th artist-in-residence. Goh, who earned a master of fine arts degree in 2004 from the University of Maryland, has trained in printmaking and sculpture. Her skill in both is evident in this new installation, in which paper is treated as a sculptural medium.

Using aquatint and silkscreen printing techniques on a thin Korean paper called Soon-ji, Goh has mounted enlarged, cut, and reworked hand waxed prints on architectural elements of Evergreen’s grand entry foyer and staircase, built around 1895. The exhibition’s title, Lullaby in Evergreen, is a reference to how the staircase marked the physical progression from ground floor public spaces to private sleeping quarters upstairs during the Garrett family’s residency.

The richly-textured printed layers mirror the translucency and penetrability of skin and the imagery, inspired by the museum’s fine art and rare book collections, suggests biological forms and landscapes. Flowing in rippling waves from the second floor landing balustrade and puddling down to the first floor, the form of the layered installation is suggestive of a waterfall, undulating as visitors walk past.

According to Goh, her method of layering images is meant to evoke the sense of memory—of the accumulation of experiences and thoughts over a lifetime. She has termed all of her works “series of the imagination”—a way for the viewer to practice self-discovery—and with Lullaby in Evergreen, she hopes that museum visitors will “walk-through and become a part of the installation.”

Evergreen Museum & Library is open by guided tour 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sundays. Tai Hwa Goh: Lullaby in Evergreen is included in the price of museum tour admission. Tours are offered every hour on the hour during museum hours and the last tour begins at 3 p.m. Visitor information may be found online at http://museums.jhu.edu or by calling 410-516-0341.

ABOUT TAI HWA GOH

Born in 1973, Tai Hwa Goh received both a bachelor of fine arts degree and a master of fine arts degree from Seoul National University in Korea. After moving to the United States in 2000, she received an master of fine arts degree in printmaking and sculpture from the University of Maryland, College Park. Recent exhibitions of her work include solo shows at Gallery Aferro in Newark, N.J., and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C., and group shows at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia. She has received grants and residencies from the Lower East Side Printshop in New York, the Vermont Studio Center and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, among others, and was named a 2011 “Hot Pick” by Smack Mellon’s Artist Studio Program in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Based in Fort Lee, N.J., Goh currently is a keyholder resident artist at the Lower East Side Printshop and Gallery Aferro, and teaches printmaking at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, N.J.

EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION AND SPONSORS

Tai Hwa Goh: Lullaby in Evergreen is organized by Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library. The exhibition is guest curated by Baltimore-based artist and collector Cathy Barbehenn.

The exhibition is funded in part by The Evergreen House Foundation, with additional support from the Maryland State Arts Council.

ABOUT EVERGREEN MUSEUM & LIBRARY

Evergreen Museum & Library is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative arts, rare books and manuscripts assembled by two generations of Baltimore’s philanthropic Garrett family, and a vibrant, inspirational venue for contemporary artists. As a teaching museum of Johns Hopkins University, Evergreen contributes to the advancement of scholarship and museum practice by helping to train future art historians, historic preservationists, and museum professionals.

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