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Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

March 30, 2009
CONTACT: Heather Egan Stalfort
(410) 516-0341 ext. 17

The Johns Hopkins University Museums
April through June 2009
Exhibition & Programming Highlights

The Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
410-516-5589, homewoodmuseum@jhu.edu,

Guided tours on the half-hour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday- Friday, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (last tour at 3:30 p.m.)
$6 adults; $5 seniors; $3 students and children 6 and over; FREE for members

Walking Tour
Fridays, April 3, 10, 17, and 24. Departs 1 p.m. from Homewood Museum, 2 p.m. from the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive

The Historic Homewood ArtWalk covers over 200 years of history in less than a quarter mile. This fun, informative, and free 45-minute guided walking tour covers historic and artistic sites between the two significant collections of American historic interiors and decorative arts at Homewood Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Saturday, April 25, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Remsen Hall 101 (adjacent to Homewood Museum)
$40 general public; $25 members & Johns Hopkins/Morgan State ID holders, FREE full-time students with ID. Pre-paid reservations recommended: 410-516-5589 or greenhomewood@jhu.edu

The ways in which Homewood House interacts with its environment, and how its 1801 construction may provide lessons for us today, are the focus of Homewood Museum's ninth annual Baltimore's Great Architecture symposium, Green Homewood: Environmental and Cultural Sustainability. Additional themes include Homewood's evolving relationship with Baltimore City; university campuses as models of sustainable development and historic preservation; and new technologies — as well as old ideas — for improving the environmental and cultural sustainability of communities. Confirmed speakers include: Suzanne Frasier, Jeremy Kargon, David Gibney, Adam Gross, and Mary Roby. The symposium is co-sponsored by Homewood Museum, Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning, and the Herring Run Watershed Association.

Friday, June 5, 6-8 p.m.
$25 general public; $20 members.
Reservations required: (410) 516-5589 or homewoodmuseum@jhu.edu
Rain location: Great Hall, Levering Union

At the 13th edition of Homewood Museum's Evening of Traditional Beverages, guests will enjoy a truly unique tasting experience of one of the oldest known spirit drinks, Scotch whisky, in celebration of the 250th birthday of Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Craig Howard, a Baltimore-based sales consultant with Reliable Churchill Distributors, will discuss the history, culture and taste of Islay, Highland, Speyside, and Lowland single malt whiskies. Guests will enjoy a "wee dram" from classic Scotch malt distilleries, taken with a splash of Scottish spring water and paired with delicious hors d'oeuvres.


The Johns Hopkins University, 4545 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210
410-516-0341, evergreenmuseum@jhu.edu

Guided tours on the hour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (last tour at 3 p.m.)

Lecture Series
Wednesdays, April 22 and May 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
$25 public; $20 members and students.
Includes a lightly catered reception. Reservations requested: 410-516-0341

Wednesday, Apr. 22: ROBERTA A. MAYER
"Lockwood de Forest and the East Indian Craft Revival"

Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932) is best known as an artistic decorator with a flair for designs based on the arts and crafts of the Middle East and India. He drew attention to the work of the mistri of Ahmedabad, India — a sub-caste of highly skilled wood carvers — and House Beautiful described his New York City home as "the most Indian house in America." De Forest, who began his professional career in partnership with Louis Comfort Tiffany, created Anglo-Indian interior designs that were in demand by some of the most visible figures of the Gilded Age, including Mary Elizabeth Garrett. Roberta A. Mayer, de Forest expert and author of the new release, Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age with a Passion for India (University of Delaware Press, 2009), will explore the designer's career within the context of the late-19th-century East Indian Craft Revival. Mayer is Associate Professor of Art History at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania.

"Antebellum Opulence: Portland, Maine's Victoria Mansion"

Victoria Mansion appears today much as it did in 1860 when it was decorated and furnished by Gustave Herter (1830-1898) as a summer home for a New Orleans hotelier. The house is the earliest known Herter commission, and the only one that is still intact. Remarkably, more than 90 percent of the original contents survive, including important furniture from the Herter workshops, elaborate wall paintings, artworks, carpets, gas lighting fixtures, stained glass, porcelain, silver, and glassware. Curator Arlene Palmer Schwind will discuss the history, architecture, furnishings, and restoration challenges of this unique historic house museum, whose opulent interior suggests how the original 1857 Evergreen House may have been decorated. A Baltimore native and graduate of Goucher College, Schwind received an M.A. in the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware and worked as a curator at the Winterthur Museum before moving to Maine in 1980.

Monday, May 18 through Sunday, Oct. 25
Opening Reception: Monday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. Free; reservations requested: (410) 516-0341 or evergreenmuseum@jhu.edu
Exhibition is free with museum admission, and on view as part of regular guided tours.

Erno Fabry was one of the most prolific tastemakers to successfully transmit modern design to the post-World War II American home; however, his work has gone largely unrecorded. Modernism at Evergreen: Erno Fabry (1906-1984) is the first exhibition devoted to the Czech-born architect and designer. This retrospective of Fabry's career features approximately 45 never-before exhibited pieces of furniture, architectural plans, drawings, textiles, and photographs, revealing that Fabry was a powerful force in the architectural theory and practice of his era. The exhibition — on view in the museum's North Wing Gallery as part of regular guided tours — is co-curated by Evergreen director-curator James Archer Abbott, and students enrolled in his spring 2009 Johns Hopkins undergraduate seminar, Curating Culture at Evergreen Museum & Library. It is complemented by a fully-illustrated catalogue, which will be available in the Evergreen Museum Shop. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 18.

Sunday, June 7 through Sunday, Aug. 30
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 7, 1-4 p.m. Free; reservations requested: (410) 516-0341 or evergreenmuseum@jhu.edu
Exhibition is free with museum admission, and on view as part of regular guided tours.

Six abstract sculptures created by Hunt Valley-based artist Lawrence Schneider comprise this focus exhibition in Evergreen Museum & Library's Reading Room. A former aeronautical engineer and computer systems professional, Schneider developed his direct carving skills as a hobby until 2004 when, at the age of 70, he made art a full-time career. Reading the Grain showcases his imaginative designs, in which delicate unbroken ribbons of polished wood or bronze from basic structures. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.