Glenstone Museum

Glenstone Museum Seamlessly integrating art, architecture, and nature into a serene and contemplative environment. Admission is always free. Temporarily outdoors-only, scheduled visits required.
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Glenstone Museum was established in 2006 on three fundamental elements: art, architecture and nature. We pursue artworks of the highest quality from post-World War II artists and display theme in a serene and contemplative environment. The museum is set on a 230-acre former foxhunting estate and includes exhibition space designed by the late architect Charles Gwathmey and outdoor sculpture tours. In 2018, Glenstone opened The Pavilions, a new building designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners and new landscape architecture designed by PWP Landscape Architecture. Admission to Glenstone is always free.

Here are your weekly grounds updates! This week saw plenty of black-eyed Susans, some dramatic skies, and plenty of poll...
07/12/2020

Here are your weekly grounds updates! This week saw plenty of black-eyed Susans, some dramatic skies, and plenty of pollinators. We are happy to have visitors back on site to enjoy the grounds.

When closures began earlier this year, we held a little competition for our associates to recreate works from Glenstone’...
07/10/2020

When closures began earlier this year, we held a little competition for our associates to recreate works from Glenstone’s collection at home!

We were so tickled by the results of this #MuseumFromHome endeavor that we thought we’d share some of them with you.

Featured:
1. Mark Rothko’s “No. 9 (White and Black on Wine),” 1958
gets a feline re-interpretation
2. The T-Shirt Factory from Rikrit Tiravanija’s FEAR EATS
THE SOUL, 2011 recreated in #AnimalCrossing
3. Andy Warhol’s “Large Flowers.” 1964, recreated with...
small flowers!
4. Arman’s “Home Sweet Home II,” 1960, is given a contemporary twist

07/10/2020
Staff Short: Ashley on Reading Colors

Join us for today's Staff Short! Ashley, one of our Guides, will walk us through an introduction to color theory and thinking about how to read colors in artwork and beyond!

Join us tomorrow for a Staff Short on Facebook Live from one of our Guides, Ashley! Ashley will discuss color theory and...
07/09/2020

Join us tomorrow for a Staff Short on Facebook Live from one of our Guides, Ashley! Ashley will discuss color theory and keeping a critical eye for color when looking at artwork!

Here are your weekly grounds updates!We experienced some stormy skies last week, but that didn’t stop the butterfly weed...
07/05/2020

Here are your weekly grounds updates!

We experienced some stormy skies last week, but that didn’t stop the butterfly weed and daisies from blooming sunny and bright. The lizard's tail is blooming along the Boardwalk and we're loving the way it frames the zig-zags!

Going outside this holiday weekend? We’ve got a challenge for you.⁣⁣We recently checked in with some of our friends in M...
07/03/2020

Going outside this holiday weekend? We’ve got a challenge for you.⁣

We recently checked in with some of our friends in Montgomery County Public Schools, where teacher Paul Engelhardt shared his student’s work from Walter Johnson High School. Using Andy Goldsworthy’s practice as a framework, these young artists created artwork out of the materials they found outside. We loved the results! We’d like to challenge you to create your own artwork out of natural materials in the style of Andy Goldsworthy (or in a style all your own!).⁣

If you’re not familiar with the Andy Goldsworthy, his practice is largely ephemeral and constructed from natural materials, and many of his works are never seen other than in photographs. When you visit Glenstone, you may see Goldsworthy’s “Clay Houses (Boulder-Room-Holes),” 2007, in which the artist constructed sculptures out of unfired clay. These sculptures are sheltered in small stone houses but even they, too, will eventually return to the earth.⁣

Here’s the challenge: find some local leaves, clay, mud, sticks, stones, water, flowers – any natural materials – and create your artwork! Document it, then share it with us by uploading it with the hashtag #GoldsworthyChallenge and tagging us! We’ll be sharing some of our favorite submissions across social media platforms, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with! (Bonus points for local, unfired clay sculptures a-la Glenstone's very own Andy Goldsworthy installation "Clay Houses (Boulder-Room-Holes)" 2007.) ⁣

Some tips and tricks: ⁣
1. Take a deep breath and go for a walk in your yard or neighborhood – see what materials speak to you. ⁣
2. Play around a bit and give yourself permission to invent, reinvent, and iterate!⁣
3. Have fun and follow your ideas where they lead you.⁣
4. Most importantly: be safe. If you’re going out on a walk, maintain proper social distance and be sure to wear a mask where appropriate. Be considerate of your neighbor’s plants, too, and don’t appropriate any materials that you shouldn’t!

07/02/2020
Staff Short: Jon on the Water Court

Join us for a look at the Pavilions Water Court with Jon, Glenstone's Aquatic Horticulturist and maestro of all things pond-related. Jon will discuss the Water Court's design, plantings, and your questions!

We are happy to announce that we will be reopening the Pavilions beginning Thursday, July 23, at a limited capacity. Tic...
07/02/2020

We are happy to announce that we will be reopening the Pavilions beginning Thursday, July 23, at a limited capacity. Tickets will be released at 10 a.m. on July 6.

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and associates are our top priorities and we have continued to adjust our visitor experience to include additional safety measures during the coronavirus outbreak. These measures can be found at glst.one/covid-19 or at the link in our bio.

All visits can be scheduled through our website. No walk-ups are permitted. Our program with the Montgomery County Ride On Bus that guarantees entry for passengers continues to be temporarily suspended, but passengers with scheduled visits are able to enter.

Further updates to our operating status will be posted here as well as on our website.

Join us tomorrow at 1pm for a Staff Short with our very own Aquatic Horticulturist, Jon.He'll be talking all things Wate...
07/01/2020

Join us tomorrow at 1pm for a Staff Short with our very own Aquatic Horticulturist, Jon.

He'll be talking all things Water Court: design, plantings, maintenance, and more!

We saw a spectacular sunset this week along with some stormy skies and rain. A fresh drizzle helps our grounds thrive.
06/28/2020

We saw a spectacular sunset this week along with some stormy skies and rain. A fresh drizzle helps our grounds thrive.

Now streaming until June 28 at 2 p.m. EDT, Arthur Jafa’s “Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death” (2016). Watch here:...
06/26/2020
Arthur Jafa

Now streaming until June 28 at 2 p.m. EDT, Arthur Jafa’s “Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death” (2016). Watch here: https://www.glenstone.org/artist/arthur-jafa/

While we prefer to let art speak for itself, please know this artwork contains disturbing images of violence and racial slurs against African Americans.

We hope you will take a few minutes out of your day to view this powerful work.

#deathisloveis

Glenstone seamlessly integrates art, architecture and nature into a serene and contemplative environment to form a unique connection between art and visitor.

We believe in the power of art to shed light on the past – both the good and the bad – and that it can also shine a mirr...
06/24/2020

We believe in the power of art to shed light on the past – both the good and the bad – and that it can also shine a mirror on the present. Sometimes, reflected in that mirror is a harsh reality. How can art address the systemic racism that has plagued this nation, and the world, for so long?

Last month, we were contacted by artist Arthur Jafa and our colleagues at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, who are spearheading a two-day, multi-institution streaming presentation of his 2016 video montage “Love is the Message, The Message is Death.” The artist has said that his ambition is to create art, and more specifically, “Black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of Black music.” The video, which is held in more than a dozen institutional collections, will be simultaneously broadcast for 48 hours on our website and on the websites of national and international museums. The presentation begins this Friday, June 26, at 2 p.m. EDT. You can access it through our homepage, www.glenstone.org.

While we prefer to let art speak for itself, please know this artwork contains disturbing images of violence and racial slurs against African Americans.

We hope you will take a few minutes out of your day to view this powerful work.
You can also join two roundtables organized by the artist at 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, 6/27, and Sunday, 6/28. They will be livestreamed on www.sunhaus.us.

#deathisloveis

Film Stills⁣
Arthur Jafa, “Love is the Message, The Message is Death”, 2016⁣
Video, color and black-and-white, sound⁣
Running time: 7 minutes, 30 seconds⁣
Courtesy of Arthur Jafa and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/ Rome⁣

Here are your weekly grounds updates! Yellow is our color this week - the meadow is full of blooming coreopsis, the sun ...
06/21/2020

Here are your weekly grounds updates! Yellow is our color this week - the meadow is full of blooming coreopsis, the sun sheds golden light, and the dragonflies wear yellow stripes.

Join us on Friday for a delicious dive into one of our favorite recipes from Glenstone's Café!
06/17/2020

Join us on Friday for a delicious dive into one of our favorite recipes from Glenstone's Café!

06/16/2020
Live from Room 7

If you’re in need of a few moments of calm today, we’re live-streaming this view from the window of Room 7 in the Pavilions. We hope that this stream can give you a space to take a deep breath and find a moment of peace.

This week, our meadows are alive with early summer flowers, and the pollinators are loving it. Plenty of birds and bees ...
06/14/2020

This week, our meadows are alive with early summer flowers, and the pollinators are loving it. Plenty of birds and bees are buzzing around the grounds.

06/12/2020
Staff Shorts: Carys on Mindsets and Techniques for the Art Museum Visitor

This presentation is meant for people who enjoy art (or don't!) but feel like they don't always know what they're doing when they walk into an art museum. We'll talk about common misconceptions, discuss techniques that can enhance your experience, and practice a looking exercise. (Have some paper and writing utensil handy!)

Join us on Friday at 1pm for a presentation from Carys, a member of our Guide team.This presentation is meant for people...
06/10/2020

Join us on Friday at 1pm for a presentation from Carys, a member of our Guide team.

This presentation is meant for people who enjoy art (or don't!) but feel like they don't always know what they're doing when they walk into an art museum. We'll talk about common misconceptions, discuss techniques that can enhance your experience, and practice a looking exercise.

06/08/2020
Live from Room 1

If you’re in need of a few moments of peace today, we’re live-streaming this view of the Water Court. We hope that this view can give you a space to take a deep breath and find a moment of calm.

We stand in solidarity with the Black community and all who condemn this country’s history of pervasive and chronic raci...
06/01/2020

We stand in solidarity with the Black community and all who condemn this country’s history of pervasive and chronic racial injustice.

We stand in solidarity with those who denounce the violent and senseless deaths of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others.

We stand in solidarity with those who are committed to working for justice and equity for all.

We know that we need to do better.

Black Lives Matter

Grounds updates: this week we’ve spotted lots of deer and a pair of cedar waxwings. The mountain laurel and sweetbay mag...
05/31/2020

Grounds updates: this week we’ve spotted lots of deer and a pair of cedar waxwings. The mountain laurel and sweetbay magnolia are blooming. Jon Sander, our Aquatic Horticulturist continues to monitor and cultivate the watercourt as we transition to summer.

05/29/2020
Staff Shorts: Zack on "Working Titles" (May 29, 2020)

Join us as Glenstone Guide Zack leads us in a discussion on the origins and use of titles in modern and contemporary art! Come prepared to discuss what a title is useful for in a work of art, if you've ever had to title a work yourself, and if titles enhance art or just get in the way.

We are happy to announce that we are reopening as an outdoor-only experience in a limited capacity beginning next Thursd...
05/29/2020

We are happy to announce that we are reopening as an outdoor-only experience in a limited capacity beginning next Thursday, June 4.

The well-being of our visitors and associates is our top priority and we have adjusted our visitor experience to include additional safety measures during the coronavirus outbreak. These measures can be found at glst.one/covid-19.

Visitors are required to schedule visits in advance through our website, and walk-ups will not be accepted. Our partnership with the Montgomery County Ride On Bus is temporarily suspended.

Further updates to our operating status will be communicated here as well as on our website.

Illustration by Jordan Awan.

Join us on Friday at 1pm as Glenstone Guide Zack leads us in a discussion on the origins and use of titles in modern and...
05/27/2020

Join us on Friday at 1pm as Glenstone Guide Zack leads us in a discussion on the origins and use of titles in modern and contemporary art!

We are participating in a worldwide multi-sited exhibition of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled” (Fortune Cookie Corner),...
05/25/2020

We are participating in a worldwide multi-sited exhibition of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled” (Fortune Cookie Corner), 1990. In concert with individuals and institutions, we’re sharing photos of this work installed in our space.

In ordinary days, visitors would be able to take a cookie for themselves, read their fortune, and contemplate Gonzalez-Torres’ work and the questions it raises: how has this moment shifted our perceptions of public space? What does this work mean if you cannot be physically near it to take a cookie? How can we make and experience art across physical and digital boundaries?

In the spirit of the work, if you leave a 🥠 in the comments of this post from now until July 5, 2020, when this exhibition ends, we will respond with a random fortune taken from the one of the cookies in our pile.

#FGT🥠exhibition

This week at Glenstone, the white fringe trees, tulip trees, golden Alexander, and iris are all blooming. The Canada gee...
05/24/2020

This week at Glenstone, the white fringe trees, tulip trees, golden Alexander, and iris are all blooming. The Canada geese love grazing in the meadow, and we love seeing the verdant landscape in bright sunshine and golden hour.

05/22/2020
Staff Shorts: Laika on "The Space Between Two Circles"

In Today's Staff Short, “The Space Between Two Circles,” Laika, a Glenstone Guide, will host a discussion which examines the works of Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn, using circles as touch points for metaphorical, physical, and poetic connotations throughout their practices. Please be prepared to respond to questions in the comments section and to bring your own questions!

Join us on Facebook Live this Friday at 1pm for a Staff Short from Laika, one of our Guides, who will be discussing the ...
05/20/2020

Join us on Facebook Live this Friday at 1pm for a Staff Short from Laika, one of our Guides, who will be discussing the works of Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn, using circles as touch points for metaphorical, physical, and poetic connotations throughout their practices. We hope to see you on Friday for this discussion!

Looking for a little mental break? Unscramble this puzzle from Montgomery County, MD Tourism for a little piece of sprin...
05/19/2020
Digital Puzzle - Glenstone Museum | Visit Montgomery

Looking for a little mental break? Unscramble this puzzle from Montgomery County, MD Tourism for a little piece of springtime from Glenstone!

Jigsaw Puzzle Glenstone is a place that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and nature into a serene and contemplative environment. Guided by the personal vision of its founders, Glenstone assembles post-World War II artworks of the highest quality that trace the greatest historical shifts in t...

Here's our weekly grounds update! This week at Glenstone, the deep red foliage of the copper beech trees adjacent to the...
05/17/2020

Here's our weekly grounds update! This week at Glenstone, the deep red foliage of the copper beech trees adjacent to the Pavilions matches “Collapse,” 1967/2016 by Michael Heizer. Alium, spatterdock, and wild hyacinth are blooming, and we spotted a common yellowthroat up above!

05/15/2020
Staff Shorts: May 15, 2020

Glenstone Guide Maeve will be leading us in a discussion on the works of Alexander Calder, his sense of play, and more! Join us for this Facebook Live discussion!

05/14/2020
Facebook Live: Glenstone Museum & Potomac ASLA 2020 Awards Gala

Join us for a live keynote talk from Glenstone's Chief Sustainability Officer, Paul Tukey, beginning at 6pm. This keynote is presented on behalf of the Potomac ASLA as part of their 2020 Awards Gala and is open to all viewers. Members of the Glenstone grounds crew will be standing by to answer any questions in real time.

Join us this Friday for Staff Shorts! Each week on Facebook Live, a member of our staff will present a brief overview of...
05/13/2020

Join us this Friday for Staff Shorts!

Each week on Facebook Live, a member of our staff will present a brief overview of a topic relating to Glenstone, and then we’ll all discuss!

Kicking it off this week will be Maeve, a member of our guide team, who will be leading a discussion on Alexander Calder and the value of playful and “useless” activities in contemporary art (and our lives!)

Join us here on Friday at 1pm!

05/13/2020
Abeo Quartet Performance

A mid-week #MuseumMomentOfZen:

“Moonshot, A Triptych for String Quartet,” composed by Alistair Coleman and performed by the Abeo Quartet on October 3, 2019 in the Water Court at the Pavilions.

Musical Performance: premiere of "Moonshot, A Triptych for String Quartet," composed by Alistair Coleman and performed by the Abeo Quartet on October 3,…

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The Ride On bus will make seven stops a day in each direction on the 301 route. The route includes a stop at the red line’s Rockville metro station. To learn more about the schedule, visit www.rideonbus.com.

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Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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A unique museum which is free and will especially appeal to the avant garde. Warning: it is not handicapped-friendly, and I would not recommend it to those in manual wheelchairs or using a walker because the paths are gravel which is very difficult with assistive devices. There are what they call carts, but are really minibuses, to get you part way from the Arrival Hall to the buildings, but there is a gravel path to where you get them, and about a block length uphill from where they drop you off to the buildings. You will also miss much of the outdoor experience, which is integral to the museum.
When will the next batch of tickets become available? Thanks!
anyone have two tickets to the Glenstone Museum? ill pay! please~ i stayed up for free tickets and didn't get any 😣😞
So fortunate to visit on the family and friends preview and will be there opening day! What a stunning design and way to showcase gorgeous artwork and incredible views. Glenstone is a magical place. Kudos to the owners, architects and curators!
What are you building on the “Eisinger Property?”..... when is completion?.... thx
Wheat are you building in the “Eisinger Property?”..... when will it be finished?... thx