Spring 2014 Events for Johns Hopkins University Museums

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January 30, 2014
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Contact: Heather Egan Stalfort
410-516-8329




 

Exhibitions and Related Programs

 

LASTING LEGACIES: RECENT AND PROMISED GIFTS TO THE permanent COLLECTION”

On view through Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (North Wing Gallery)

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

Evergreen Museum & Library celebrates more than 70 years of benefaction with an exciting exhibition documenting the transformative growth of the museum’s collection, showcasing recent and promised gifts from the past two decades and the donors who made them possible. Spanning three centuries and encompassing several continents, the more than 100 works of fine and decorative art enhance and expand on the museum’s founding collection of American and international art assembled by Baltimore’s philanthropic Garrett family and reflect the museum’s important mission as an educational and cultural resource. The exhibition honors both the foresight of the museum’s founders, Ambassador John Work Garrett and his wife Alice Warder Garrett, and the generosity of those who have become stewards of Evergreen’s purposeful evolution.

JUST JACKS!”

On view through Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Bakst Theatre)

Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour.

Maine-based artist Phil Sultz’s Jacks are companions for the adult, somewhat ghost-like references to the familiar childhood Jack-in-the-Box toy. Far from actual toys, each of these 50 unique constructions has a life of its own, a personality emphasized by expression and seeming action and sincerity of understanding. More to look at and engage with than to touch, these are delicate creatures and, on occasion, kindred spirits. Evergreen Museum & Library is pleased to present JUST Jacks! within the historic Léon Bakst-designed theatre, an environment deemed particularly appropriate in light of the theatrical character of Sultz’s engaging creations.

A TALE OF TWO HOUSES: HOMEWOOD, CLIFTON AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION”

On view through Sunday, May 25, 2014

Location: Homewood Museum

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

Built as country houses in the opening years of the 19th century, Homewood and Clifton both tell fascinating stories about some of Baltimore’s first families who once called them home. The estates are related through their mutual association with famed philanthropist Johns Hopkins: Clifton was his country residence from 1838-1873 yet it was Homewood that would be selected as the suburban location for his eponymous university nearly 30 years later. Curated by students from Johns Hopkins University, this special exhibition of photographs, maps, manuscripts, and objects related to the Carroll, Thompson, Hopkins, and Wyman families explores alternate histories and futures for both houses had Clifton become the university’s campus instead.

SPRING EXHIBITIONS OPENING CELEBRATION

Sunday, March 9, 2-4 p.m.

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library

Cost: Free. Reservations requested: 410.516.0341 or evergreenmuseum@jhu.edu

Be among the first to see Evergreen Museum & Library’s new special exhibitions: Crossing the Line: The Art of Rosemary Feit Covey, The Faces Behind the Signatures: Guests at Jazz Age Evergreen and Creative Vision: The Student and the Art of the Book. Enjoy an open house of the museum’s first floor period rooms and galleries, including the Léon Bakst-designed private theatre, and opportunities to meet the exhibition curators. Light refreshments will be served.

CROSSING THE LINE: THE ART OF ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY”

On view Sunday, Mar. 9 through Sunday, May 25, 2014

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (North Wing Gallery)

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

Rosemary Feit Covey’s hauntingly beautiful portraits, still lifes, and landscapes uniquely rival the poet’s pen. With a concentration on wood engraving, her celebrated precision entices the viewer, encouraging them to study the minutest of details while engaging in the broader situations, struggles, and pains owned by others. This installation of Covey’s work examines her full career and includes a series of columns commissioned specifically for display at Evergreen. Covey was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and she studied at Cornell University and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia, and has a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American History, the New York Public Library, Harvard University, and the Papyrus Institute in Cairo, Egypt.

THE FACES BEHIND THE SIGNATURES: GUESTS OF JAZZ AGE EVERGREEN”

On view Sunday, Mar. 9 through Sunday, May 25, 2014

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Main Library)

Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour.

The residence of diplomatic and cultural “power couple” John Work Garrett and Alice Warder Garrett during the first half of the twentieth century, Evergreen once entertained a kaleidoscope of eminent guests and friends from all over the world, from society’s powerful and elite and foreign dignitaries to emerging artists and world-recognized talents. This focus exhibition of the couple’s fascinating guest books will include a re-creation of a dinner party featuring stylized silhouettes of some of the Garretts’ famous friends, such as two-time Supreme Court justice Charles Evans Hughes; violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz; notorious socialite and Presidential daughter Alice Roosevelt Longworth; silent movie star Douglas Fairbanks; and Commerce Secretary (and later President) Herbert Hoover.

CREATIVE VISION: THE STUDENT AND THE ART OF THE BOOK”

On view Sunday, Mar. 9 through Sunday, May 25, 2014

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Bakst Theatre Lobby)

Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour.

This exhibition celebrates the concept of the artist book as envisioned by eight Johns Hopkins University photography students in the Fall 2013 course Lens to Page: The Photographer’s Book. More than just text on paper, artist books use technique, materials and structure—image as well as words—to express their content. Ranging in subject from urban street art and immigration reform to intergenerational relationships with grandparents, these unique works go beyond self-expression to engage with political and cultural issues in the contemporary world and offer sensory experiences and imaginative encounters as tangible, aesthetic objects.

EN PLEN AIR PRINTMAKING”

On view Sunday, May 31 through Sunday, August 31, 2014

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Reading Room)

Cost: Included with paid museum admission and on view as part of the guided tour.

Baltimore printmaker and performing artist Lorraine Imwold has spent the last two years studying Evergreen, not only learning its history, but also developing a relationship with and appreciation for its architecture and surrounding landscape. Though “plein air” is a term more often assigned to painters who work in nature, Imwold felt a driving desire to apply such to the art of printmaking. Sitting at a table that moved about the grounds of the museum, she created a series of images inspired by the way Evergreen “introduced itself…upon each new visit.” Imwold explored Evergreen during different seasons and various times of day, creating an intimate visual account of the artist in symbolic dialogue with sense of place.



  • Talks and Tours



BOOK TALK BY JOHN T. IRWIN: “F. SCOTT FITZGERALD’S FICTION: ‘AN ALMOST THEATRICAL INNOCENCE’”
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Bakst Theatre)

Cost: $8 public, free for members of the JHU Museums, Friends of the JHU Libraries, Friends of the JHU Press, and JHU faculty, staff, and students with J-Card. Limited space; advance registration is required by calling 410-516-0341.

In his personal tribute to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels and short stories, poet and literary critic John T. Irwin offers an intricate vision of one of the most important writers in the American canon. He seamlessly ties together details from Fitzgerald’s life with elements from his entire body of work and considers central themes connected to wealth, class, work, love, jazz, acceptance, family, disillusionment, and life as theatrical performance. Irwin is the Decker Professor in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing and a recently accessioned still life painting by Zelda Fitzgerald will be on view during the reception as part of Evergreen’s special exhibition Lasting Legacies: Recent and Promised Gifts to the Permanent Collection.

“THE WOMEN OF HOMEWOOD”
Saturday, Mar. 1 through Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014

Location: Homewood Museum

Cost: Free

Beginning in March in honor of Women’s History Month and continuing through the month of April, Homewood Museum’s guided tours will have an added emphasis on the women who lived and worked at Homewood in the early decades of the nineteenth century, including Harriet Chew Carroll (1775–1861), her four daughters, her enslaved female servants, and other women who were closely attached to the 1801 Federal era house.

“THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL” LECTURE SERIES

Wednesdays, March 26, April 23, and May 14, 6:30 p.m., followed by receptions

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library

Cost: $20 public; $15 members and students (full-time with ID); or three-lecture series subscription: $48 public; $33 members and students (full-time 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’s seventh annual The House Beautiful lecture series is themed around reconstruction and rediscovery, exploring America’s on-going interpretation of restoration, preservation, and documentation as applied to the historic built environment. The illustrated talks will take place in Evergreen’s Bakst Theatre, followed by receptions with the speakers.

“NEW WORK BY LATROBE AND JEFFERSON: REDISCOVERING THE LOST CAPITOL OF 1814”
Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception

In 1814 the U.S. Capitol building was burned by the British, destroying what Thomas Jefferson had called “the handsomest room in the world”: the Hall of Representatives, which had been completed a few years earlier by architect Benjamin Latrobe. Although no visual record exists of Latrobe’s neoclassical masterpiece, architect and illustrator Richard Chenoweth has brought it to life, digitally recreating the Hall based on Latrobe’s original construction documents. Join Chenoweth for a virtual tour of the pre-1814 Capitol—down to the furniture, lighting schemes and carpet patterns—based on facts, historical sources and letters.

HARLEM AT HOME: TWO CENTURIES OF DISTINCTIVE, EVER INCREASINGLY EXPENSIVE, RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception

Long identified with African-American style and culture, Harlem is also a pillar of New York’s social and architectural history—a neighborhood synonymous with writers, actors, musicians, artists and other cultural tastemakers. Join Harlem historian and preservation activist Michael Henry Adams for an exploration of Harlem’s extraordinary legacy of residential architecture, from mansions and country villas to thoughtfully planned row houses and handsome apartment buildings. Adams’ books include Harlem, Lost and Found: An Architectural and Social History, 1765-1915 (Monacelli Press, 2001) and Style and Grace: African Americans at Home (Bulfinch, 2003).

“THE HIDDEN WHITE HOUSE: HARRY TRUMAN AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS RESIDENCE”

Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception

Author Robert Klara speaks in conjunction with the publication of his riveting book, The Hidden White House (Thomas Dunne Books, 2013), about the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in American history: the Truman administration’s controversial rebuilding of the White House. Learn about how, as the Cold War began, America’s most famous historic home was essentially demolished and replaced with a steel frame and a complex labyrinth deep below ground that included a top-secret nuclear fallout shelter.

“EDIBLE EVERGREEN” KITCHEN GARDEN COURSE
Saturday, March 29, May 3, June 14, Aug. 23, and Oct. 11, 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.

 

  • Concerts & Performances

 

MUSIC AT EVERGREEN CONCERT SERIES 2013–2014

Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Bakst Theatre)

Cost: $20 public, $15 members, $10 students (full-time with ID). Ticket includes admission to the museum guided tour at noon, 1 p.m., or 2 p.m. (partial tour; theatre door opens at 2:30 p.m.) and a post-concert tea 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” concert series continues its sixty-first anniversary series with live music in the museum’s stunning Bakst Theatre on two Saturdays in March and April.

JI, PIANO
Saturday, March 15, 3 p.m., followed by a reception

With lightning-quick fingers and dazzling technique, 22-year old piano prodigy Ji has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted, sensitive young pianist who is clearly going places.” A superstar in his native Korea, Ji set the world of classical music on fire when at the age of ten he became the youngest pianist ever to win the New York Philharmonic’s Young Artists Competition. Ji’s creative vision to make classical music more accessible to young people includes his “Stop & Listen” outdoor “guerrilla” performances in Seoul, and his Ensemble DITTO chamber recitals in Korea and Japan. He is currently at the Julliard School, where he studies with Choong-Mo Kang.

SYBARITE5
Saturday, April 5, 3 p.m., followed by a reception

Meld a classical five-piece chamber group with your favorite rock band and a dose of popular music and you get SYBARITE5. “Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience,” describes The Sarasota Herald Tribune. SYBARITE5 (Sami Merdinian, Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; Louis Levitt, bass) stands out as the first string quintet ever selected as winners of Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60-year history. From Mozart to Radiohead, this adventurous group of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.

 

  • Special Events

 

EVENING OF TRADITIONAL BEVERAGES: BOURBON
Thursday, May 29, 6-8 p.m.

Location: Homewood Museum lawn (rain location: Glass Pavilion, Levering Union)

Cost: $35 member, $45 public. Limited tickets; reservations are requested online at http://www.museums.jhu.edu or by calling 410-516-5589. Walk-ins subject to availability; must be 21 years or older.

Join Homewood Museum as it celebrates its 18th Evening of Traditional Beverages with all things Bourbon. Brooklyn-based writer Dane Huckelbridge, author of Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit (HarperCollins, April 2014), will give a raucously entertaining history of the spirit, sharing a few heady stories of the pioneers who discovered the golden nectar and who bottled it and passed it around for all to enjoy. A Bourbon tasting follows with classic and creative cocktails and snack pairings by Woodberry Kitchen. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

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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