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Johns Hopkins Museums Spring 2015 Program Highlights

February 24, 2015
Contact: Heather Egan Stalfort

Making a Museum: The Peale Family in Early Baltimore
On view through Sunday, May 31, 2015
Location: Homewood Museum
Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour or $3 for the exhibition only.

Charles Willson Peale, his sons, nieces and nephew were artists and naturalists whose portraits, miniatures, still lifes and silhouettes provide an eloquent and detailed chronicle of the most notable people and events of the republic’s early history. In addition to a selection of the family’s Baltimore-related artwork, this focus exhibition explores the origins and continued development of the landmark museum and portrait gallery opened in Baltimore by Rembrandt Peale in 1814, and which now is poised to reopen after restoration as the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture. The exhibition is curated by Johns Hopkins University students in the Museums & Society course, Curating Homewood.

Sunday, Mar. 8, 2-4 p.m.

Location: Homewood Museum
Cost: Free with paid museum admission. Seating is limited and advance registration is requested, by calling 410.516.5589 or email homewoodmuseum@jhu.edu

Join science educator, author and Johns Hopkins alumnus Louis B. Rosenblatt, A&S ʼ84 (PhD) for an enlightening discussion of the early demonstrations of science that were popular in early Baltimore. Vastly different from today’s laboratory experiments, these initial scientific investigations often were presented as entertainment in a wide variety of settings, from public venues like Rembrandt Peale’s Baltimore Museum and Gallery of Paintings to the private parlors of polite society. Following the lecture, guests are invited to visit the exhibition Making a Museum: The Peale Family in Early Baltimore, see a Phantasmagoria or magic lantern show, and enjoy a tea reception. Retired from a long career in the classroom, Dr. Rosenblatt is now an educational consultant with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM. He is the author of the book Rethinking the Way We Teach Science.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY: The Symbolism of Evergreen’s ‘Eight Immortals’ Scrolls
On view 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. The exhibition is guest curated by Shilei Chen, a junior from China majoring in history of art at Johns Hopkins University.

Repoussé Style, Then and Now: A Celebration of the Art of Michael Izrael Galmer
On view through Sunday, Jul. 19, 2015

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour.

The ancient metalworking technique of repoussé, the art of raising ornament in relief from the reverse side, has a rich history. In America, repoussé-style silver became associated early on with Baltimore, largely through the influence of the China Trade and its introduction of complementary carved and ornamented wares. From the mid-19th century through the post-World War II era, repoussé became a kind of esthetic moniker for the “Monument City.” This often ornate style fell out of fashion in the last quarter of the 20th century, but has since seen a resurgence of interest nationwide, in part through the modern interpretations and applications of contemporary Russian-émigré silversmith Michael Izrael Galmer. This exhibition brings together thirty important pieces of Galmer’s silverwork and jewelry, displayed alongside historical examples of repoussé flatware and hollowware from the Evergreen Museum & Library collection.

On view Friday, Apr. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

Location: Homewood Museum
Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour or $3 for the exhibition only.

This intimate group photography exhibition is the culmination of a Johns Hopkins University course that focused on the black-and-white aesthetic as achieved through digital photography. The works on view communicate individual impressions of Homewood Museum, and convey magical effects through the use of specialized approaches and techniques for staging, shooting and post-processing.

Wednesdays, Mar. 25, Apr. 15, and May 13, 6:30 p.m., followed by receptions
Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: $20 public; $15 members, full-time students and JHU faculty, staff and alumni (with ID) or three-lecture series subscription: $48 public; $33 members, full-time students and JHU faculty, staff and alumni (with ID). Limited space; advance registration is requested. Tickets available through the museum’s website at http://museums.jhu.edu or by calling 410-516-0341.
Evergreen Museum & Library’s annual spring lecture series, The House Beautiful, presents a trio of illustrated talks by notable experts and authors in the fields of architecture, artistic design and decorative arts. The lectures take place in the museum’s Bakst Theatre, followed by receptions with the speakers.

Mar. 25: MICHAEL SIMON, “A Designer Composes Interiors”
With a museum curator’s knowledge of 18th-century French decorative arts and expertise in multiple design idioms, Michael Simon integrates the most exquisite elements from the past into interiors that are both forward thinking and totally right for how people want to live today. “If I am a good designer, it’s because Stephen Sondheim taught me how to write music,” says the New York-based composer-turned-designer, whose projects have been featured in numerous publications, including The New York TimesArchitectural DigestNew York Magazine, and House Beautiful. He’ll explain that connection during this lecture, where his tools will include not only illustrations of his projects but also a piano.

Apr. 15: HERMES MALLEA, “Escape: The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour
Architect Hermes Mallea will discuss his most recent book, chronicling the visual history of the Caribbean’s outstanding getaways and their transformations from pristine idyllic settings to personalized retreats. Among these idealized settings blossomed the resort lifestyle of international celebrities, from Marjorie Merriweather Post to Babe Paley, Princess Margaret to David Bowie. Mallea will share how talented designers relied on regional traditions to express the spirit of places like Antigua, Barbados, Cuba, and Jamaica, and sometimes invented a new vernacular using fantasy imagery to emphasize the notion of escape from the pressures of urban living. Mallea is a principal at Manhattan’s (M) Group design firm and the author of Great Houses of Havana. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing.

May 13: GREGORY HERRINGSHAW, “Putting Wallpapers in Context”
With a background in graphic design, sculpture, and museum studies, Gregory Herringshaw is a connoisseur of the finest that the two-dimensional realm has to offer. As assistant curator of the country’s largest wallcoverings collection, at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, he oversees more than 10,000 pieces dating from the late 17th century to the present. He’ll explore the wealth of material in this encyclopedic collection and discuss a variety of resources that showcase it as a practical working laboratory, including the Cooper-Hewitt’s new Immersion Room, a high-tech space that allows visitors to digitally view pieces full scale in repeat. Herringshaw is the curator of the exhibitions Wall Stories: Children’s Wallpaper and Books and Artist-Designed Wallpapers.

Saturday, March 28, May 2, June 13, Aug. 22, and Oct. 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m., rain or shine

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: $110 public; $90 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 five-part kitchen garden course presented at Evergreen Museum & Library by Gertrude’s Restaurant chef John Shields and farm manager Jon Carroll 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.

Mondays, Apr. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 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.

Sunday, April 19, 1-5pm

Location: Gilman 50,
on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore.
Cost: Free, but seating is limited and advance reservations are required: call 410.516.5589 or email homewoodmuseum@jhu.edu. Walk-ins subject to space availability. Guests are invited to tour Homewood Museum before the symposium from noon to 1 p.m.

This afternoon program explores the lives of the enslaved people who made possible the lifestyle enjoyed by the prominent Carroll family of Homewood during the first quarter of the 19th century. A country retreat and 130-acre farm, Homewood was home to approximately twenty slaves who worked in the house and labored in the fields. The specialists brought together for the symposium will present lectures on various aspects of slavery in Baltimore, providing an in-depth introduction to the enslaved people of Homewood and best practices for public historians in reading the African presence back into the landscape of historic sites and museums. The confirmed speakers include Abby Burch Schreiber; Philip Morgan, Ph.D.; and Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Ph.D.

Saturdays, Mar. 21, and Apr. 18, 3 p.m. followed by a reception

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Bakst Theatre)

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 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 continues its sixty-second anniversary series, presenting live music in the museum’s stunning Bakst Theatre on two Saturdays in March and April.

With a 2010 Grammy Award normination for “Best Chamber Music Performance,” the New York City-based Ensō String Quartet has quickly become one of the country’s most exciting young ensembles. Shortly after the group’s inception at Yale University in 1999, Ensō had success at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The quartet’s live concerts have been highlighted for having an “edge-of-the-set vitality few grounds maintain throughout a performance” (Houseton Chronicle). They will perform Wolf’s Italian Serenade for string quartet, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.2, Op. 68 in A major, and Sibelius’ String Quartet in D minor, Op.56 “Voces Intimae.” Please note: program is subject to change at the discretion of the artist.

A native of Shenyang, China, pianist Yun-Chin Zhou, whose given name means pure melody, has been hailed as a “dashing virtuoso…complete with dazzling fingerwork and shapely phrasing” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). In 2013, he was awarded seven concert prizes and was named a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He came to the U.S. at the age of 19 to study at the Curtis Institute and is now pursuing his Master’s degree at the Juilliard School, where he recently won the Gina Bacchauer Piano Competition. He will perform Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:49, Liszt’s Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude, Ravel’s La valse, Weissenberg’s Six arrangements of songs sung by Charles Trenet, and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36. Please note: program is subject to change at the discretion of the artist.

Sunday, May 3, 3-6pm

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library
Cost: Advance tickets: $65 members; $75 non-members. Day of event tickets: $85. Reservations limited. Tickets available through the museum’s website at http://museums.jhu.edu or by calling 410-516-0341.

Students of Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music come together to present a one-of-a-kind event set throughout Evergreen’s historic interiors. Art and music go hand in hand as new photographic artworks set to live, original music explore the affinities between the visual and performing arts. This unique and experiential progression through the Gilded Age mansion makes music visible through extraordinary artistic and musical creativity. Catered hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, May 28, 6-8 p.m.

Location: Homewood Museum lawn (rain location: Glass Pavilion, Levering Union)
Cost: $45 public; $35 members. Must be 21 years or older. Limited tickets; reservations are requested online at http://www.museums.jhu.edu or by calling 410-516-5589. Walk-ins are subject to availability.

Tart, acidic and weirdly, wonderfully refreshing, vintage drinking vinegars known as “shrubs” are adding a new dimension to the ever-evolving craft cocktail scene. Homewood Museum’s 19th Evening of Traditional Beverages will feature a fascinating, historical discussion of these versatile fruit syrups by cocktail blogger Michael Dietsch, author of Shrubs: An Old-Fashioned Drink for Modern Times, and a tasting of handmade shrub cocktails and delicious snacks by the Woodberry Kitchen group. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 6 p.m.-midnight

Location: Homewood Museum
Cost: Tickets to be announced. For individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Elizabeth Courtemanche, 410-516-6710 or ecourtemanche@jhu.edu.

Homewood Museum invites you to revel in an unforgettable evening of frivolous pleasure. This exclusive, second biennial Harvest Ball gala recreates the entertaining atmosphere of the Carroll family’s early 1800s country house, Homewood, today a museum of Johns Hopkins University. Experience an enraptured autumn’s eve with cocktails in the museum and a harvest-themed seated dinner served under the gala tent, with live music, dancing, and other amusements drawn from Homewood’s illustrious Federal past. Attire is period finery or black tie.


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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