Need some happy hour inspiration? Enjoy this panorama of Evergreen's Butler's Pantry, taken April 2020
Part of the Johns Hopkins University Museums, Evergreen Museum & Library houses a prestigious collection of international art and rare books assembled by two generations of Baltimore’s philanthropic Garrett family.
Architecture, paintings, decorative arts, rare books, philanthropy, Baltimore's railroad history, and more.The Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen Museum & Library, the one-time Italianate country residence of two generations of Baltimore’s Garrett family, is celebrated for its holdings of Asian arts: porcelains, lacquer wares, and netsuke (miniature carved ivories); European paintings—including works by Edgar Degas (1834–1917), Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), and Ignacio Zuloaga (1870-1945); American art glass — the majority of pieces assigned to Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933); and the John Work Garrett Library of rare books and manuscripts. This eclectic house-museum also features costume designs, drawings, and a mesmerizing private theatre designed by celebrated Russian émigré Léon Bakst (1866-1924), best known for his set designs for the Ballet Russes. Also of note are the career drawings of regional architect Laurence Hall Fowler (1876-1971); murals by Mexican-born artist Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957); and paintings by Frenchman Raoul Dufy (1877-1953). The collections of Evergreen afford a unique perspective regarding the evolution of American collecting taste and connoisseurship, from the country’s post-Civil War industrial revolution to the modern jet age.
Need some happy hour inspiration? Enjoy this panorama of Evergreen's Butler's Pantry, taken April 2020
#ThrowbackThursday to Evergreen in full summer circa early 1880s, with T. Harrison Garrett and his three boys standing on the porch. Evergreen House Foundation Archives. #TBT
Happy #EarthDay2020. Since today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day AND it happens to fall during #NationalLibraryWeek, what better object to post than two watercolors by John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851) from his landmark ornithological encyclopedia, "Birds of America (1827-38)".
As both a lifelong bird enthusiast and a bibliophile, the double elephant folio of Audubon's "Birds of America" was an irresistible prize for John W. Garrett burgeoning library at Evergreen. He purchased it for his collection while still in his mid-twenties and later described it as "the first big book I ever bought."
Whether he was referring to the book's price, size (the double elephant folio measures 50 inches tall), or both is unclear.
Morton's Finch by John James Audubon, 1841, watercolor or paper. Bequest of John Work Garrett; John Work Garrett Library, Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University.
Bell's Vireo by John James Audubon, 1844, watercolor on paper. Bequest of John Work Garett; John Work Garrett Library, Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University.
For this #TBT, we're bringing you a look at the 1894 expedition John Work Garrett and his brother Horatio took through the American West.
Eco-tourism is not a new phenomenon, and the Garrett brothers were among many wealthy participants in turn-of-the-20th-century nature tourism. In 1894, they joined a group of fellow Princeton University students on a Geological Expedition out West. The students were searching for fossils in the Badlands while John worked as the ornithologist for the team. Afterwards, the group took a trip further west through Sioux Nation Reserve lands to Yellowstone National Park, where they hunted and fished. Newspaper accounts of the expedition called it a “success,” noting that the students found several fossils that expanded geological knowledge of the Dakotas.
Pictured: Horatio Garrett (1873-96) in his "expedition outfit," 1894. Evergreen House Foundation Archives.
Here in Baltimore, we've experienced every kind of weather today. So what more appropriate painting to share on this #MasterpieceMonday than this work, with its changeable sky, by one of Alice Warder Garrett's favorite painters, Ignacio Zuloaga.
The Spanish painter created this oil sketch for the American debut of the short opera Goyescas by Spanish pianist Enrique Granados.
Goyescas, by Ignacio Zuloaga (Spanish, 1870-1945), 1914-19, oil on canvas. Evergreen House Foundation; Bequest of Alice Warder Garrett, EH1952.1.125.©️ 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VEGAP, Madrid.
Here's some #FasionFriday inspiration for your feed. #MuseumMomentofZen #MuseumFromHome
Costume, c. 1920. Designer: Miguel Covarrubias, Mexican (1904-57); white cotton bodice with ruffle collar and sleeves, black velvet skirt decorated with simple form silk geese, flowers and geometric shapes; Evergreen House Foundation, EH2014.2.2
These steps were designed for Evergreen's Main Library by its architect, Laurence Hall Fowler. Though seemingly utilitarian, the steps borrow a profile from the klismos chair made popular in Classical Greece.Though stylish, Fowler's decision to use sabre legs proved a weakness; they were not as stable as a straight leg, and their projection was prone to catch the user's foot when stepping down.
Like any good architect, Fowler went back to the drawing board and produced a revised version, which he offered to the Garretts. Both versions are still at Evergreen.
Library Steps, c. 1929, American: Baltimore, Maryland; Designer: Laurence Hall Fowler (1876-1971); Manufacturer: C.F. Meislahn and Company (?-c.1940), mahogany, Evergreen Museum & Library; Bequest of John Work Garrett, JH1942.1.66.d
Evergreen Museum & Library is sadden to learn of the passing of David Driskell at the age 88. Driskell leaves behind an indelible legacy as an artist, curator, collector, and scholar. In 1976, he mounted the landmark exhibition "Two Centuries of Black American Art," which ARTnews says, "forever changes art history." We extend our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and fans. To learn more about his remarkable life, read a profile from Artnews' May 2000 issue here: https://bit.ly/3dW08Ma
In 2011, Evergreen acquired the above painting by Driskell, which now hangs in the museum's Main Hall.
Man Wearing Glasses, by David C. Driskell (American, 1931-2020), c.1965, oil on board. Evergreen Museum & Library; Gift of Wallace W. Lumpkin, JH2011.1.14.
In 1914, on the eve of WWI, John Work Garrett was posted to Paris as a special agent of the Department of State to assist the newly appointed American ambassador to France. Garrett and his wife, Alice Warder Garrett, would stay in Paris until September 1917.
During these years, Alice, Edith Wharton (yes, the author), and their mutual friend, international lawyer and diplomat Walter Van Rensselaer Berry, helped find housing for refugees arriving in Paris from invaded French provinces and neighboring Belgium. Alice also volunteered with the American Red Cross, as seen in this undated photo. (Alice is pictured on the far left.)
In these uncertain times, we want to say thank you to all the health care workers and volunteers serving today. We are eternally grateful for your courage and compassion. #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes
Image from the Evergreen House Foundation Archives
In case anyone needs a dose of summer today.
View of Evergreen's Rear Facade from the Upper Gardens.
A very appropriate #masterpiecemonday for all those—both here in Maryland and around the world—staying at home. •
Interior, by Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868-1940), c. 1898-1904, gouache on board. Evergreen House Foundation; Bequest of Alice Warder Garrett, EH1952.1.25
The Print Room was used as an upstairs sitting room and later became a gallery for Alice Warder Garrett's print and drawing collection, which includes works by Modigliani, George Bellows, Gari Melchers, and Leon Bakst. The large wooden piece on the far right of the photograph is a circa 1942 Capehart Radio, a mahogany cabinet with two speakers, a radio, and a turntable with ingrained panels. The turntable has a record changer that can play up to 10 records, both sides.
How will you be entertaining yourself this weekend?
Here's some relatable content for all those parents and guardians who are suddenly teachers, as well. This child's hornbook (possibly from England, circa 1790) is a wooden board with an imprinted sheet bearing the alphabet, syllabarium, and Lord's Prayer, protected by transparent animal horn and held down under brass strips and rose-head nails. It is part of the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen, and was sort of the iPad of its day.
For this #TiffanyTuesday, we're showcasing this chandelier, which is likely one of the oldest pieces of Tiffany in Evergreen's collection. Although the precise date of the object's manufacture is uncertain, we know it predates electricity at Evergreen. The small key-like dial on the left arm indicates the fixture was initially powered by gas and then retrofitted for electricity.
Chandelier, late 19th or early 20th century, Tiffany Glass Company (1885-92) or Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (1892-1902), 43 inches high and 24 inches diameter, Marked L.C.T. Bequest of John Work Garrett, JH1942.1.1650.
#MuseumMomentofZen, Monday edition:
Nice, by Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953), 1934, watercolor on paper. Evergreen House Foundation; Bequest of Alice Warder Garrett, EH1952.1.179. ©️ 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.
Happy late-breaking #firstdayofspring from Homewood! To apologize for the tardiness of this post, here's a bouquet for you:
Pink Carnations, Ignacio Zuloaga (Spanish, 1870-1945), circa 1925. Evergreen House Foundation; Bequest of Alice Warder Garrett. EH1952.1.107
Today is #whyIlovemuseums day. We wish we could be celebrating it together at the museum, but until that's possible, we'll keep sharing glimpses of Evergreen here. Tell us in the comments why YOU love museums!
Pictured: Looking up the columns of Evergreen's Front Portico.
While Evergreen Museum & Library is closed to the public through at least April 12, we thought we'd get into the habit of sharing some highlights from the collection on our social media channels (Instagram and Facebook). If there's something you'd particularly like to see, let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to accommodate. Until then, stay safe and enjoy some free beauty on us! 😉
Jar and Cover, China, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-35), porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze decoration. This imperial jar includes a five-clawed dragon, and the original cover is decorated with three bats, representative of longevity. Evergreen Museum & Library; Bequest of John Work Garrett, JH1942.1.901a-b
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Effective March 16 and through at least April 12, Evergreen Museum & Library will be closed in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University guidelines regarding COVID-19. At this time, our staff will continue the important work of maintaining academic continuity. We’ll provide updates on the museum’s website (https://museums.jhu.edu) and social media as we have them. Until then, be well!
Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University's cover photo
We're less than one month out from the opening of Brice Brown: PROSCENIUM. This new multimedia exhibition inspired by—and installed in—Evergreen's Bakst Theatre uses video, sculpture, and other interactive materials to celebrate the creative spirit behind the theater's design.
Opening reception, Thursday, April 2, 6-8 p.m. FREE. Please register: https://evergreenmuseum.eventbrite.com
Soaring into the weekend like . . . #FridayFeeling #FlashbackFriday
[Bird's-eye view of Evergreen, circa 1908-1924, Evergreen House Foundation Archives. Note the extensive greenhouse complex (since demolished) behind the house and the Carriage House on the far right.]
Happy Birthday to Louis Comfort Tiffany, who was born #OTD in 1848. Evergreen has one of the largest and most varied private collections of Tiffany glass in the world. Take a tour to see it for yourself. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends noon-4 p.m. Last tour of the day departs at 3 p.m.
Favrile "Morning Glory" Paperweight Vase
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Height: 8 inches (20.3 cm)
Marked L.C. TiFFANY FAVRILE 1618J
Gift of Margaret B. Wilson
Happy Valentine's Day from Evergreen!
Pictured: View of Evergreen front façade, February 14, 1933
#HappyGalentinesDay from Evergreen!
Porcelain Figurine Group
Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present)
Late 19th century
10 1/4 inches
Evergreen House Foundation; Bequest of Alice Warder Garrett
Happy birthday to Abraham Lincoln, who was born #OTD in 1809. This image shows Lincoln with Union General George B. McClellan (center), and Garrett family patriarch John Work Garrett, who was president of the B&O Railroad during the Civil War.
Although the image might look convincing enough, it is actually a manipulation and reproduction of an original photograph taken by Alexander Gardner of Matthew Brady's Studio on October 3, 1862 at Antietam Battlefield. The original photo had a group of 12 people in it, including Lincoln, McClellan, and Garrett.
Possibly at the behest of John Work Garrett, David and Daniel Bendann's portrait photography studio in Baltimore (now Bendann Art Galleries) took the image, added a different backdrop and cropped the photo to feature just the three men—like a precursor to PhotoShop!
Happy 171st Birthday to the O.G. (original Garrett) of Evergreen, T. Harrison Garrett! Evergreen was acquired by the Garrett family firm in 1878 as a home for T. Harrison and his family: his wife, Alice Whitridge Garrett, and their sons, John Work, Horatio, and Robert. T. Harrison died in a yachting accident on the Chesapeake Bay in June 1888, but his collections of books, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquerware, fine furniture, and Tiffany glass live on at Evergreen Museum & Library for all to enjoy.
Evergreen's Main Hall, facing east, circa 1886. To see it today, stop by for a guided tour Tuesday-Sunday. #TBT
Image courtesy of the Evergreen House Foundation
There are only a few seats left for cellist Zlatomir Fung's performance at Evergreen on Saturday, February 22. Reserve your spot now at http://evergreenmuseum.eventbrite.com 🎻
Who else has that #FridayFeeling? If you're looking for something to do this weekend, stop by Evergreen to see this work and so much more. The museum is open Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Last tour of the day departs at 3 p.m.
Image: “Mrs. Garrett as a Spanish Gypsy," by Miguel Covarrubias (Mexican 1904–57), circa 1930, Evergreen House Foundation; Bequest of Alice Warder Garrett.
When Alice Warder Garrett tasked Russian artist Léon Bakst with transforming Evergreen's gymnasium into a theater in the 1920s, she did so with an eye toward using the space not just for her own enjoyment (as seen here), but for public engagement as well. That legacy continues at Evergreen today, and we will be sharing more information about spring programs in the Bakst Theatre very soon!
To hear first about upcoming programs and exhibitions, join our email and snail mail mailing lists. To join, email [email protected] and put "ADD ME TO THE JHU MUSEUMS MAILING LIST" in the subject line!
Image: Alice Warder Garrett onstage in the Bakst Theatre, circa 1920s, Evergreen House Foundation Archives.
Just a friendly reminder that Evergreen Museum & Library is closed today and tomorrow for the New Year's holiday. We wish everyone a safe and happy celebration and look forward to seeing you in 2020!
Pictured: Third-floor skylight at Evergreen Museum & Library
Wishing the best of luck to the mighty #BaltimoreRavens as they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers this afternoon in their final game of the regular season. #GoRavens #RavensNation #ProtectThisHouse #RavensFlock
Pictured: Purple cut-glass bowl and gilt metal stand with three Phoenix figures on a yellow marble base, maker and date unknown. Evergreen House Foundation; bequest of Alice Warder Garrett.
Merry Christmas from Evergreen!
We are closed today, but open tomorrow, Friday, and all weekend. If you have family in town, treat them to a tour of Evergreen! Check https://museum.jhu.edu for hours, directions, and more info.
Happy Anniversary to John Work Garrett and Alice Warder Garrett, the last private owners of Evergreen. They were married in Washington, D.C., on this day in 1908.
Chag Sameach to everyone celebrating Hanukkah, which begins tonight!
Pictured: Image of a menorah from The Nuremberg Chronicle. Written in Latin by Hartmann Schedel and printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493, the book is an illustrated volume that follows the story of human history, as related in the Bible. This copy, from Evergreen's John Work Garrett Library, was acquired by T. Harrison Garrett in 1887. It is the most heavily illustrated incunabulum (i.e., books printed before 1501) contained in the library, which encompasses some 30,000 volumes, including many rare books and manuscripts.
Evergreen Museum & Library wishes everyone safe travels this holiday season! #Fridayfeeling #happyholidays
If you're celebrating in Baltimore, stop by. We're closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day, but otherwise open for guided tours Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Last tour of the day departs at 3 p.m.
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Evergreen is dressed to the nines for the holiday season, featuring a perfectly decorated tree standing amongst 8,000 rare volumes in the Main Library. Are you in the holiday spirit? Stop by Evergreen tonight from 6 to 8 for the museum’s annual holiday party featuring festive fare, live music, and seasonal decorations across the Gilded Age mansion’s 48 opulent rooms. Admission is free with your J-Card! Learn more here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-ever-green-evening-tickets-71433833519
Yesterday afternoon and evening, the JHU Museums hosted a bus trip to view the holiday displays at Longwood Gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania. The 23 intrepid travelers didn't let the wet weather stop them from exploring Longwood's greenhouses and grounds and reveling in the beauty of the season. To hear about more upcoming events and receive discounted pricing, sign up to become a members of the JHU Museums (Evergreen Museum & Library and Homewood Museum) https://museums.jhu.edu/support.php?page=membership
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Architecture, paintings, decorative arts, rare books, philanthropy, Baltimore's railroad history, and more. The Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen Museum & Library, the one-time Italianate country residence of two generations of Baltimore’s Garrett family, is celebrated for its holdings of Asian arts: porcelains, lacquer wares, and netsuke (miniature carved ivories); European paintings—including works by Edgar Degas (1834–1917), Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), and Ignacio Zuloaga (1870-1945); American art glass — the majority of pieces assigned to Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933); and the John Work Garrett Library of rare books and manuscripts. This eclectic house-museum also features costume designs, drawings, and a mesmerizing private theatre designed by celebrated Russian émigré Léon Bakst (1866-1924), best known for his set designs for the Ballet Russes. Also of note are the career drawings of regional architect Laurence Hall Fowler (1876-1971); murals by Mexican-born artist Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957); and paintings by Frenchman Raoul Dufy (1877-1953). The collections of Evergreen afford a unique perspective regarding the evolution of American collecting taste and connoisseurship, from the country’s post-Civil War industrial revolution to the modern jet age.