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September 20, 2007
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Evergreen Exhibits Dufy Collection
Opens Friday, Oct. 5; public reception 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 6

Evergreen Museum & Library at The Johns Hopkins University will present Dufy: The Evergreen Collection Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008. This is the first exhibition to celebrate 19 oil and watercolor paintings by the gloriously innovative French colorist Raoul Dufy that were collected by arts patron and cultural maverick Alice Warder Garrett.

The exhibition brings together these expressive paintings in addition to related works on loan from the Baltimore Museum of Art, and letters and receipts that reconstruct the four-year compilation of the collection from 1935 to 1939. A special opening reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, with free admission for all from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on that day only.

The "granddaddy of modern chic," as Dufy was called in Time magazine during his visit to the United States in 1950 and 1951, left one of the most joyful oeuvres of his era. Rarely exhibited as a group, Evergreen's Dufy paintings — all made during the period between the two World Wars — chronicle a prolific period of stylistic growth, when the artist's thorough academic training, experiments with Impressionism and Fauvism, and experiences in book illustration and textile design coalesced into a fully mature and highly personal style of supple line, limpid color and saturated light.

The exhibition concentrates on the series of themes for which the artist is most well known: Mediterranean landscapes, sea goddesses and ancient Italian ruins, horse races and regattas and other lighthearted scenes of leisure and spectacle. The energy with which Dufy rendered these subjects befits modern French life in the early 20th century and continues to make him a favorite of audiences today.

Dufy: The Evergreen Collection has been organized by Evergreen Museum & Library, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. The exhibition is made possible by the Evergreen House Foundation, with generous organizing support from the Richard C. von Hess Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Related Exhibition

Evergreen will present a companion focus show from Friday, Sept. 28, to Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008. Exhibiting Alice will explore the Paris art gallery that Alice Warder Garrett sponsored for two months during the summer of 1934, when it is believed she was first introduced to the work of Raoul Dufy. Focusing on over 25 objects drawn from Evergreen's archives and permanent collections, the exhibition reconstructs Mrs. Garrett's gallery and the dynamic woman who gave young, emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside some of the leading artists of the day. The focus show is organized by Evergreen's first student curator, Johns Hopkins art history major Margaret Deli, a senior.

Related Programs

Film Screening

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m.

Discover why many consider Dufy a painter of genius in this documentary featuring contributions from distinguished critics and interviews with patrons, models and dealers who knew the artist. Before the feature, "The Invisible Moustache of Raoul Dufy," an award-winning 1955 cartoon short written by experimental filmmaker Sidney Peterson and directed by Aurelius Battaglia, will be shown.

Special Event

Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m. (Carriage House)
Tickets: $35 public, $30 members; available at www.missiontix.com or 410-516-0341

Come discover the flavors of Burgundy, Provence and a host of other famous French wine regions at "Vive la France Ooh la la!," Evergreen's second artUncorked wine-tasting evening to benefit the museum's contemporary art programs. Taste more than 35 wines from America's most famous and influential French wine importer, Kermit Lynch, all expertly paired by event sponsor The Wine Source with regional French foods from Baltimore chefs. All evening, guests will enjoy live music by the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet and bidding on fabulous silent auction items, and wine experts will be on hand to provide helpful tips on creative pairings for seasoned oenophiles and wine newcomers alike.


Friday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Dufy exhibition on view; 8 p.m. performance (Bakst Theatre)
Tickets: $15 public, $12 members; available at www.missiontix.com or 410-516-0341

An evening of classic chansons of the French cabaret with a twist. Guests are invited to tour the Dufy exhibition beginning at 7 p.m. The show kicks off in the Bakst Theatre at 8 p.m. with Franco-accented introductions and chansons by hostess Laure Drogoul, accompanied by Paul Baroody on piano. Mezzo-soprano performance artist Martha McDonald, who was Evergreen's summer artist-in-residence, gives an original, site-specific performance before the neo-cabaret ensemble Boister takes the stage. A cash beverage and dessert bar will be available prior to the concert and during intermission.


Sunday, Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m.
$45 public, $35 members (includes materials and museum admission). Pre-paid registration required; call 410-516- 0341 for registration and/or more information.

Taught by Lois Woford of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, this watercolor workshop will introduce students to the unique properties of watercolor, especially those favored by Dufy, and cover basic composition, color schemes and techniques to create texture and depth in painting. The workshop is open to artists of all levels from the novice to the professional and includes a tour of the Dufy exhibition. Space in the class will be limited.


The exhibition is accompanied by a 46-page illustrated catalogue by former Johns Hopkins University Museums director Cindy Kelly. The catalogue is available at the Evergreen Museum Shop for $12.


The exhibition and companion focus show are on view as part of regular museum tours, offered Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon 4 p.m. (last tour at 3 p.m.). The museum is closed Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. General admission is $6; $5 seniors; $3 Hopkins alumni and retirees, non-Hopkins students, and children over 5; free to members and Hopkins faculty, staff, and students. Evergreen is located at 4545 N. Charles St., six miles north of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, with free and ample parking. For general museum information, call 410-516-0341 or visit www.museums.jhu.edu.


Housed in a former Gilded Age mansion surrounded by Italian- style gardens, Evergreen Museum & Library is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative arts, rare books and manuscripts assembled by two generations of the philanthropic Garrett family, and a vibrant, inspirational venue for contemporary artists. The museum contains over 50,000 of the Garretts' belongings, including post- Impressionist paintings and drawings, Asian decorative arts, the John Work Garrett Library, and one of the largest private collections of Tiffany glass.