Opens at Evergreen House
Sculpture at Evergreen, a biennial exhibition of 10 sculptures created specifically for the Evergreen House property, opens to the public with a reception on Saturday, May 8, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Evergreen, 4545 North Charles St. in Baltimore.
The purpose of the exhibition is, in the words of 2002 juror Mary Jane Jacobs, to compel the participating artists to "practice in place" by considering the impact of such issues as the social and political economics of the Evergreen estate, human intervention on the natural environment there, or the architecture of the site's buildings.
The juror for the 2004 exhibition is Jennifer McGregor, visual arts curator at Wave Hill, a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx. She has curated more than 23 innovative exhibitions and special projects in the galleries and on the grounds there that connect people with nature, including Perfection/Impermanence: Contemporary Ikebana, Insecta Magnifica, Permeable Boundaries and Hybrids. She has a long track record in the field of public art and has organized public art commissions, programming and master plans in New York, Providence, R.I.; Boston; Tampa, Fla.; and Arlington, Va. She lectures about public art and sculpture and teaches urban development and visual arts at New York University's Steinhart School of Education.
The 10 artists selected for the show are Sylvia Benitez of Cecilton, Md; Anthony Cervino of Baltimore; Adam Dougherty of Baltimore; Laure Drogoul of Baltimore; Lisa Hein and Bob Seng of New York; Michael Krondl of New York; Brian McCutcheon of Philadelphia; Renee Rendine of Baltimore; Bill Schuck of New York; and Allison Wiese of Houston. The materials used to create the sculptures range from animal to vegetable to mineral.
The opening reception is free to the public. Guests are encouraged to wander the estate at their own pace. In addition to the opening reception, Evergreen will present a number of programs throughout the summer and fall in conjunction with the exhibition, including a performance by Laure Drogoul at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 18, in Evergreen's Bakst Theatre; and "A Summer Evening at Evergreen," on Thursday, July 8 at 5 p.m. featuring evening hours for Sculpture at Evergreen, an open studio with Evergreen's 2004 artist-in-residence, and a dress rehearsal performance by the Shakespeare Festival. Additionally, guided tours of Sculpture at Evergreen will be offered every Sunday at 2 p.m. through Sept. 26.
Sculpture at Evergreen is being funded by the generous support of the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Foundation, the Constance R. Caplan Foundation, the Margaret O. Cromwell Family Fund, the France-Merrick Foundation, Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust, The Rouse Company Foundation, Stanley Mazaroff and Nancy Dorman, Cindy and Tom Kelly, Ziger/Snead LLP Architects, and the Evergreen House Foundation. For information about Sculpture at Evergreen, call 410-516-0341 or visit www.jhu.edu/historichouses.
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