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Take a break and go check out an Ever Green Evening! Thursday (Dec 8) 6-8pm. Inspired by book collections in Baltimore, JHU students from the Fall 2011 course the Artist in the Museum have made artists' books that explore everything from illuminated manuscripts to zombies. They look great! Congratulations to the artists.
This month's exhibits: M&S minor and Wilson fellow Laura Somenzi (class of 2013) has curated the show Zelda Fitzgerald: Choreography in Color at the Evergreen Museum and Library. Laura and her show are featured in JHU's Rising blog. Don't miss Zelda's fascinating work; open October 19, 2011 through January 29, 2012. At the BMA opens Print by Print: Series from Dürer to Lichtenstein. Students from M&S Spring 2011 course "Paper Museums: Exhibiting Prints at the Baltimore Museum of Art" worked with curator Rena Hoisington to research the objects, select the prints and themes, and prepare exhibit materials; open October 30, 2011 through March 25, 2012. See the review in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun. JHU Faculty are invited to a special curator's tour on December 1 at 2pm. Keep an eye out for the detailed announcement, coming soon.
Don’t miss The Art of Diplomacy: The Garretts in Rome, opening at JHU’s Evergreen Museum & Library on Sunday, March 6th. Organized by Museums and Society senior and Evergreen Student Curator Kit Harris, the exhibition focuses on the years that John and Alice Garrett were in Rome while John was the US Ambassador to Italy. The show explores how the Garretts used their status within Roman society to further an exchange between the art worlds of the two nations. Kit will speak on the subject and her experience as student curator in her Curator’s Talk at 2 pm. (more)
As Evergreen Student Curator, Kit has worked on this exhibition since June 2010. Her responsibilities included researching the history of the Garrett family, selecting objects to tell their story, writing text panels, and organizing the museum space. Kit shared, “As a double major in History of Art and International Studies (with a minor in Museums [and Society]) this topic just jumped out at me! The opportunity to merge my two interests was really exciting. There's a lot of material to work with—it’s a very rich time in the Garretts' history. The correspondence and Alice's magnificent scrapbooks helped to paint a really complete picture of the exhibition.”
“I focus on the ways in which they both used their position within Roman society and the great resource of the Embassy to promote a cultural exchange between Italy and America. I'm highlighting paintings in the collection that they collected while in Italy. I have also pulled a lot of great materials from the archives at MSE, from both John's personal and professional papers and Alice's papers. I am installing little "vignettes" throughout the house, each one a story in and of itself, which all told together will show how much the Garretts worked for the cause of art and culture. The sections are: Appointment and Diplomacy in the Reading Room, Art & Culture at the Embassy in the Drawing Room, the Venice Biennale in the Front Hall, General Culture in the Den, Alice's Role in Alice's Bathroom, Entertaining in the Dining Room, and the Legacy of their years in Rome in the Library. Some interesting things I am including are the diplomatic china, two paintings purchased at the 1932 Venice Biennale, John's diplomatic passport, and photos of the interior of the Embassy in Rome with paintings from Evergreen hanging on the walls.”
The show will be up through May 29th, 2011. If you are interested in the Evergreen Student Curatorship you can find more information here.
Don’t miss Evergreen as Muse, opening at the Evergreen Museum & Library on Thursday, December 9th, 6-8 pm. The show highlights the work of student artists who participated in Artist in the Museum: Making Books, a course co-taught by James Abbott, Curator of the Evergreen Museum & Library, and Phyllis Berger, Supervisor of the Photography Program in the Homewood Art Workshops. The exhibition features books handmade by the students. They took inspiration for their own works from their intensive study of the extensive book collections of various institutions in the city. (more)
They explored the collections at the George Peabody Library, Walters Art Museum, Evergreen Museum & Library, The JHU Library collection of artist's books, and the artist book collection of Edgar and Betty Sweren. Students found inspiration in everything from Peabody Library’s collection of butterfly wings, to the stained glass windows at Evergreen, to the illuminated manuscripts at the Walters. The books on display are carefully crafted and designed works that contain original art and writing—everything from fairy tales and short stories to poetry.
The exhibition opens in conjunction with Evergreen’s “An Ever Green Evening.” The museum will be decorated for the holiday season with garlands and trimmed trees. There will be treats and refreshments provided. It should be a festive event!
If you are interested in course opportunities like Artist in the Museum: Making Books you can find the Spring 2011 course listings for Museums and Society here.
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