Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University

Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University 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.
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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.

Operating as usual

Celebrating #dogwood season the best way we know how. #tiffanylamp #tiffanyglassFavrile "Dogwood" Hanging Lamp, early 20...
04/16/2021

Celebrating #dogwood season the best way we know how. #tiffanylamp #tiffanyglass

Favrile "Dogwood" Hanging Lamp, early 20th century, Tiffany Studios (1902-1932), Bequest of John Work Garrett, Evergreen Museum & Library, The Johns Hopkins University.

Celebrating #dogwood season the best way we know how. #tiffanylamp #tiffanyglass

Favrile "Dogwood" Hanging Lamp, early 20th century, Tiffany Studios (1902-1932), Bequest of John Work Garrett, Evergreen Museum & Library, The Johns Hopkins University.

Last week, eight windows on the exterior of Evergreen's Main Library and Reading Room were outfitted with custom-made aw...
04/14/2021

Last week, eight windows on the exterior of Evergreen's Main Library and Reading Room were outfitted with custom-made awnings. The awnings are reminiscent of ones that were on the house in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, and will help control light exposure in the Main Library and Reading Room.

Design, fabrication, and installation of the awnings was made possible through a bequest by George Barth, a longtime friend of the Johns Hopkins University Museums, who passed away in 2020. We miss him and thank him for his generosity and friendship.

For your weekend reading pleasure: JHU Museums Curator of Collections Michelle Fitzgerald talked to Baltimore Style abou...
04/09/2021
Learning: Japanese Lacquerware with Michelle Fitzgerald - Baltimore Style

For your weekend reading pleasure: JHU Museums Curator of Collections Michelle Fitzgerald talked to Baltimore Style about Evergreen's vast and varied collection of Japanese lacquerware. Click to read the full interview. https://www.baltimorestyle.com/learning-japanese-lacquerware-with-michelle-fitzgerald/

And don't forget to sign up for Wednesday's lunchtime talk about Asian objects at the JHU Museums with Fitzgerald and JHU Museums director Lori Beth Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Learn about the art of Japanese lacquerware and explore examples of lacquerware at Johns Hopkins University museums with Michelle Fitzgerald.

Evergreen’s lacquerware collection features an extensive range of ornamentation techniques and represents multiple histo...
04/08/2021
Curatorial Favorites: A Discussion of Asian Exports

Evergreen’s lacquerware collection features an extensive range of ornamentation techniques and represents multiple historic periods. This example, possibly made for the Western market, features a variety of animals on the small, interior boxes that represent chapters from Murasaki Shikibu’s classic work, The Tale of Genji. #ObjectOfTheMonth #OMM

To learn more, join us for our Curator’s Favorites lunchtime lecture on April 14! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/curatorial-favorites-a-discussion-of-asian-exports-tickets-147884008049

Tebako (Cosmetic Box), Japan; Late Edo Period (1615-1858), black lacquer ground with gold, silver, and colored powders, Evergreen Museum, JH1942.1.313.1-7a-b.

JHU Museums curators discuss Asian export objects from the collections of Homewood Museum and Evergreen Museum & Library.

Despite some chilly weather in the immediate forecast, spring has definitely sprung in Baltimore! 🌷🌱For the Garretts at ...
03/31/2021

Despite some chilly weather in the immediate forecast, spring has definitely sprung in Baltimore! 🌷🌱

For the Garretts at Evergreen, the gardens were a significant extension of the house. Alice Whitridge Garrett dedicated significant time to the Evergreen landscape, including consulting with famous landscape architecture firms Frederick Law Olmsted and Company and Thomas Meehan and Sons. One of our favorite results of these consultations was the addition of the Friendship Garden, a walled garden furnished with plants gifted to Alice by her friends.

We love this idea of a plant exchange among friends. Let us know if you have any plans to do something similar!

#objectofthemonth #OOM

In case you missed it, the JHU Museums (Evergreen and our sister museum Homewood Museum) have had a leadership reorganiz...
03/19/2021
JHU Museums announces new leadership structure

In case you missed it, the JHU Museums (Evergreen and our sister museum Homewood Museum) have had a leadership reorganization. Lori Beth Finkelstein, Ph.D., is now director, and Michelle Fitzgerald is now Curator of Collections, for both museums. Congratulations to Lori and Michelle! Read all about it here: https://hub.jhu.edu/at-work/2021/03/18/jhu-museums-new-leadership-structure/

Lori Beth Finkelstein to helm Evergreen and Homewood museums, Michelle Fitzgerald to serve as curator of collections for both

Not quite a pot of gold, but pretty close! 🍀🍀🍀"Hooked Feather" VaseCirca 1900Union Glass Company (Massachusetts, Somervi...
03/17/2021

Not quite a pot of gold, but pretty close! 🍀🍀🍀

"Hooked Feather" Vase
Circa 1900
Union Glass Company (Massachusetts, Somerville, 1854-1924)
H 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Gift of Michael and Anis Merson
JH2009.5.2

Evergreen's spectacular Bakst Theatre--designed in 1922 by Russian artist and designer Leon Bakst--is name-checked by Iz...
03/04/2021
What I’ve learned: Izabela Grocholski | Christie's

Evergreen's spectacular Bakst Theatre--designed in 1922 by Russian artist and designer Leon Bakst--is name-checked by Izabela Grocholski of Christie's as one of her favorite works of art. Click to read more!

The head of the Russian Art department at Christie’s in New York on the art and artists that have inspired her, from Fabergé to Robert Falk

03/02/2021
Five Minute Histories: Evergreen House

Well howdy there, Baltimore Heritage! Thanks for highlighting Evergreen in your latest "Five Minute Histories" video. We can't wait until the museum reopens and everyone once again can see the #GoldBathroom in person! Until then, these videos are the next best thing. Click to watch!

Did you know that Baltimore is home to a gold bathroom? It’s located in Evergreen House. Check out today’s video on this stunning building to learn about its...

#TBT to Evergreen in 1982. Note the shutters on the windows. What else has changed since then? What remains the same?
02/25/2021

#TBT to Evergreen in 1982. Note the shutters on the windows. What else has changed since then? What remains the same?

Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University's cover photo
02/25/2021

Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University's cover photo

Happy Birthday to #LouisComfortTiffany! Evergreen is fortunate to have a world-class collection of art glass, including ...
02/18/2021

Happy Birthday to #LouisComfortTiffany! Evergreen is fortunate to have a world-class collection of art glass, including many beautiful pieces by Tiffany's various manufacturing companies.

Here is just a sampling of Tiffany objects in the museum's collection, displaying the variety of forms, styles, colors, and patterns his companies could produce.

Click through for detailed information on each piece!

Happy #ValentinesDay from Evergreen Museum & Library! This month's #ObjectOfTheMonth is the Honeymoon Suite! 💞During Eve...
02/14/2021

Happy #ValentinesDay from Evergreen Museum & Library! This month's #ObjectOfTheMonth is the Honeymoon Suite! 💞

During Evergreen’s years as a private residence, the house welcomed many happy couples. Perhaps none left so lasting an impression as Francis and Jessie Sayre, for whom the Honeymoon Suite on Evergreen’s second floor is named. The daughter of then-president, Woodrow Wilson, Jessie wrote to Evergreen’s last private owner, Alice Warder Garrett, that “Mr. Sayre and I will love to come to you for a few days after the wedding,” which would take place in the White House on November 25, 1913. Alice redecorated the suite of rooms in preparation of their week-long stay, and the rooms have held its romantic name of the “Honeymoon Suite” ever since!

Both before and after her marriage, Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre (1887-1933) was a suffragist and social activist who worked extensively on behalf of the League of Nations, the League of Women Voters, the YWCA, and the Massachusetts Democratic Party. In 1929, she was a potential candidate for a Democratic nomination for a United States Senator seat, but declined the offer to become secretary for the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee.

Honeymoon Suite, Evergreen Museum & Library, The Johns Hopkins University.

Happy Lunar New Year! We're welcoming the #YearOfTheOx with "Europa and the Bull" by sculptor Paul Manship (American, 18...
02/12/2021

Happy Lunar New Year! We're welcoming the #YearOfTheOx with "Europa and the Bull" by sculptor Paul Manship (American, 1885-1966), 1924, bronze and marble. Evergreen House Foundation; Bequest of Alice Warder Garrett, EH1952.1.11.

Last summer, Evergreen Museum & Library and our sister site, Homewood Museum, each hosted two Baltimore City high school...
02/11/2021

Last summer, Evergreen Museum & Library and our sister site, Homewood Museum, each hosted two Baltimore City high school students as part of the Bloomberg Arts Internship.

The program, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and administered locally by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning of Maryland, matches high school seniors in Baltimore, Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia with select cultural institutions for paid summer internships.

This was the third consecutive year the museums participated in the program. Due to the pandemic, the internships were conducted virtually, but that didn't stop the interns from learning about the histories of the museums and engaging with staff. It also didn't stop the interns from exercising their creativity and intellect, as they pursued their respective research projects.

Over the next several weeks, will be sharing some of the work these students completed, including some fun interactive activities they designed for social media. But first, let's meet the JHU Museums 2020 Bloomberg Arts Interns. Swipe through the pics for information on each student!

M is for #MasterpieceMonday and #Modigliani and #MadameZborowska. From "Evergreen: The Garrett Family, Collectors and Co...
01/25/2021

M is for #MasterpieceMonday and #Modigliani and #MadameZborowska.

From "Evergreen: The Garrett Family, Collectors and Connoisseurs":

"In 1931, [Frank] Crowninshield [a friend of Alice Warder Garrett's and the editor of Vanity Fair magazine] gave Alice a fine pencil drawing by Amedeo Modigliani, Portrait of Madame Zborowska. . . . The piece is typical of Modigliani's well-known draftsmanship, comprising elegant, restrained line that delineate his subject's most basic features. Just a few verticals define her long face. Her mouth is insignificant, leading the viewer to the eyes. They are almost undeveloped--blank and without pupils--which reduces the emotional expression of the sitter. The head is supported by an extraordinary long neck and narrow shoulders that emphasize the artist's characteristic figural attenuation."

Portrait of Madame Zborowska, by Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1184-1920), 1917, graphite on paper. Evergreen House Foundation, bequest of Alice Warder Garrett, EH1952.1.142.

New growth at Evergreen!While the museum remains closed to the public, staff cleaned out and replanted an overgrown sect...
01/21/2021

New growth at Evergreen!

While the museum remains closed to the public, staff cleaned out and replanted an overgrown section of woods along Evergreen's border with Charles Street.

In total, 30 new trees were planted, all of them native species. The full list is as follows:

5 Sugar Maples
6 Swamp White Oaks
3 American Elms
4 Eastern Dogwoods
5 Serviceberries
4 Yellowwoods
3 Eastern Magnolias

We can't wait to see them budding out this spring! 🌱🌳🌱🌳

While we often think of John Work Garrett (1872-1942) at home at Evergreen, the truth is that his work for the U.S. Depa...
01/20/2021

While we often think of John Work Garrett (1872-1942) at home at Evergreen, the truth is that his work for the U.S. Department of State kept him abroad for much of his adult life. During the course of his extensive career as a diplomat, he participated in a variety of historical moments on the international stage.

Here, he is pictured (bottom row, second from left) in 1918 while serving as Minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg. In this position, Garrett was involved in negotiations between Germany and France on the peaceful and humane exchange of prisoners after World War I.

Garrett’s involvement in these negotiations is just one example of his influence on world affairs during his long career, which included positions as Ambassador to Italy, Minister to Venezuela, and Minister to Argentina. Evergreen’s collection contains many souvenirs of Garrett’s career as a diplomat.

Diplomatic Mission, Bern Agreements, 11 November 1918, photograph, Evergreen Museum & Library EHPH15.01.05.

#InauguationDay #ObjectOfTheMonth #OMM

🎉🎉Good news alert🎉🎉The Sheridan Libraries & University Museums are part of an interdisciplinary team that received fundi...
01/15/2021
Mellon Foundation awards $4 million grant to Inheritance Baltimore project

🎉🎉Good news alert🎉🎉

The Sheridan Libraries & University Museums are part of an interdisciplinary team that received funding from the Mellon Foundation this week to investigate the history of academic racism in higher education and build a citywide network to preserve Baltimore's Black history, culture, and arts. Read all about it here:
https://hub.jhu.edu/2021/01/14/inheritance-baltimore-project-mellon-foundation-grant/

The project will pioneer new methods of instruction, research, and archival preservation that bring the history of the Black Baltimoreans to the fore

Evergreen's kitchen is a warm and inviting hodgepodge of materials, including Minton tile, lineoleum, cast-iron, and por...
01/13/2021

Evergreen's kitchen is a warm and inviting hodgepodge of materials, including Minton tile, lineoleum, cast-iron, and porcelain. What's your favorite feature?

How about we start off the week with another #MasterpieceMonday?The Picture Dealer, by Jean Louis Forain (French, 1852-1...
01/11/2021

How about we start off the week with another #MasterpieceMonday?

The Picture Dealer, by Jean Louis Forain (French, 1852-1931), 1928, oil on canvas. Evergreen House Foundation; Bequest of Alice Warder Garrett, EH1952.1.34.

12/30/2020
Johns Hopkins Giving

Not everything that happened this year was terrible! Before the pandemic forced the museum to close, work was completed on the restoration of Evergreen's circa-1925 terrace.

This year, Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University completed a full restoration of the terrace off of its Main Library. Originally built in the 1850s, Evergreen was home to the Garrett family for two generations. In recent years, the terrace has been closed to the public due to its age and deterioration. But thanks to support from both the Middendorf Foundation and the Sheridan Foundation, the structural issues were addressed and guests can now enjoy the space. Learn more: https://giving.jhu.edu/story/building-on-a-legacy-of-philanthropy/

When in residence at Evergreen in the early twentieth century, Alice Warder Garrett frequently made her home a space for...
12/21/2020

When in residence at Evergreen in the early twentieth century, Alice Warder Garrett frequently made her home a space for parties, inviting guests from a variety of backgrounds to her home. She also attended plenty of holiday parties, including one in December 1933 that was Mother Goose themed. In this image, she is pictured dressed in costume as the Queen of Hearts.

While the holiday season may look a little different this year, the staff at Evergreen Museum & Library wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season at home.

Mrs. John Work Garrett with Dr. Hugh Young in Costume, December 1933, photograph, Evergreen Museum & Library EHPH18.4.1.

Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University's cover photo
12/20/2020

Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University's cover photo

12/19/2020
JHU Museums Holiday Membership Drive

Need a last-minute gift for the culture vulture in your life? Membership to the JHU Museums provides access to everything that Homewood Museum and Evergreen Museum & Library have to offer: art, architecture, music, history, and much more. Memberships start at $50/year. Visit https://museums.jhu.edu/membership/ to enroll now!

Because Evergreen and our sister museum, Homewood Museum, are closed right now, we have partnered with our friends at Ba...
12/04/2020

Because Evergreen and our sister museum, Homewood Museum, are closed right now, we have partnered with our friends at Baltimore National Heritage Area to sell a few pieces from our gift shops for the holidays.

Click through to BNHA's 2020 Online Holiday Bazaar to grab a copy of "Sheer Brilliance: The Art Glass of Evergreen Museum & Library" or a print of this Warner & Hanna map of Baltimore circa 1801. Both are perfect for the history nut, culture vulture, or Baltimore enthusiast in your life! Sale ends December 12, so grab em while they last! https://www.explorebaltimore.org/page/bnha-2020-holiday-online-bazaar

Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University's cover photo
12/03/2020

Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University's cover photo

This #GivingTuesday, please consider supporting the JHU Museums!Every little bit helps us to provide unique cultural exp...
12/01/2020

This #GivingTuesday, please consider supporting the JHU Museums!

Every little bit helps us to provide unique cultural experiences, collections care, and specialized academic research that brings history to light. Make a gift of any size or become a member (memberships start at $50/year and come with a host of benefits). Just click here: https://secure.jhu.edu/form/WMUSE #GIVETUEHOPKINS

Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University's cover photo
12/01/2020

Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University's cover photo

Today is the last day of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Evergreen intern Elana Neher has spent much of the last year rese...
11/30/2020

Today is the last day of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Evergreen intern Elana Neher has spent much of the last year researching the Native American objects and photographs in Evergreen's collection. One group of objects perplexed her more than any of the others, though. Click to read about The Mystery of the Panels. https://rb.gy/0c0ggo

Scroll back to read all of Elana's posts from last week!

Pictured: Elana giving a virtual presentation to the docents earlier this month on the Native American objects in Evergreen's collection.

Today is #NativeAmericanHeritageDay and November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, so we at Evergreen have been holding s...
11/27/2020

Today is #NativeAmericanHeritageDay and November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, so we at Evergreen have been holding space in our holiday celebrations this week to reflect on the history and culture of indigenous peoples. Leading this reflection is Evergreen intern Elana Neher (KSAS '20), who has been posting to our social media accounts all week to share more information about the native objects and photographs in Evergreen's collection. Scroll back to see what you missed! Over to you, Elana!

The eagle feather headdress in Evergreen’s collection is an icon of Plains Native American culture. Headdresses like this one could only be worn by the most honored warriors. Each feather on a headdress was awarded to a warrior for a special feat in battle or display of bravery. These headdresses were not worn during battle, but during military society ceremonies and dances.

John W. Garrett, like many east coast elite men, would likely have been attracted to objects made by Plains Native Americans. Plains Native American society was perceived to be a masculine, warrior society. Objects might be displayed in a collector’s “Indian Room,” popularized among Americans beginning by the early nineteenth century.

Headdress, Unrecorded Plains Native American Artist; third or fourth quarter of the 19th century, eagle feathers, trade cloth, metal, beads, animal hair, rawhide, Evergreen Museum & Library, JH1942.1.1131.

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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.

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