Glenstone Museum

Glenstone Museum Seamlessly integrating art, architecture, and nature into a serene and contemplative environment. Admission is always free.
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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.

04/20/2024

Sharing a century of art history is no small feat. An exhibition like “Iconoclasts: Selections from Glenstone‘s Collection” requires dozens of experts in fields like design, curation, engineering, art handling, and more. Get a peek into how “Iconoclasts: Selections from Glenstone’s Collection” came together with this snippet from our latest film, produced with Rava Films.

Watch the full video at glst.one/iconoclasts.

This just in: New summer programs at Glenstone! Starting in May, enjoy an expanded outdoor experience featuring sculptur...
04/16/2024

This just in: New summer programs at Glenstone! Starting in May, enjoy an expanded outdoor experience featuring sculpture and architecture walks, curatorial talks, evening hours, live music, and sketching sessions.

To learn about the full line-up of offerings, visit glst.one/summer.

Additional tickets are not required to participate in programming. To schedule a visit, go to glst.one/Visit.

Glenstone mourns the loss of artist Richard Serra. ⁣⁣Richard Serra’s work and uncompromising vision have left indelible ...
03/27/2024

Glenstone mourns the loss of artist Richard Serra. ⁣

Richard Serra’s work and uncompromising vision have left indelible fingerprints on Glenstone. His involvement in the placement of his works, his site-specific commission “Contour 290”, 2004, and his monumental collaboration with architect Thomas Phifer on the building that holds “Four Rounds: Equal Weight, Unequal Measure” have all defined Glenstone’s experience; his work broadly defined the possibilities of sculpture in the 20th and 21st centuries. Above all, we will carry with us the insistence that when it comes to his work, what is most important is your bodily, subjective experience of it. As he said of “Sylvester”: “You are the subject.”

03/01/2024

Starting today, we will offer two ticket types to experience Glenstone during the Pavilions temporary closure.

Our Glenstone Admission ticket will include timed entry access to our grounds, outdoor sculptures, dining options, Bookstore, and Arrival Hall. The second ticket option will include Glenstone Admission as well as timed entry to “Iconoclasts: Selections from Glenstone’s Collection”, on display in the Gallery. Admission is always free.

For more information about the operational changes, please visit glst.one/updates.

The Boardwalk isn’t just for long walks along the beach. It’s also for meandering Glenstone’s native landscaping, sprink...
02/22/2024

The Boardwalk isn’t just for long walks along the beach. It’s also for meandering Glenstone’s native landscaping, sprinkled with iconic works of 20th and 21st century art.

Enjoy this beach-less but art-filled walk on the Woodland Trail by reserving your visit at visit.glenstone.org. Walk-ins are welcome Thursdays and Fridays through mid-March.

One month left to see “Ellsworth Kelly at 100” 🌈   Starting March 21 through early 2025, the Pavilions will temporarily ...
02/17/2024

One month left to see “Ellsworth Kelly at 100” 🌈

Starting March 21 through early 2025, the Pavilions will temporarily close for renovations. During this time, visitors can still experience Glenstone’s exceptional 20th and 21st century art collection at our Gallery building, robust outdoor sculpture program, nature paths, Bookstore, and dining options.

Ellsworth Kelly
“Spectrum IX”, 2014
© Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

Now on view: Alex Da Corte’s “As Long as the Sun Lasts”, 2021Intended to be seen from all angles, the 26-foot-tall kinet...
02/15/2024

Now on view: Alex Da Corte’s “As Long as the Sun Lasts”, 2021

Intended to be seen from all angles, the 26-foot-tall kinetic sculpture layers references to fine art, literature, television, music, and personal memories of the artist.

Discover the new installation on Gallery Road, overlooking the pond. Visits are available at glst.one/Visit. Thursday and Friday walk-ins are welcome through mid-March.

Love isn’t the only thing in the air this week. In celebration of the latest addition to our outdoor sculpture program, ...
02/12/2024

Love isn’t the only thing in the air this week.

In celebration of the latest addition to our outdoor sculpture program, join us for a Curatorial Talk of Alex Da Corte's "As Long as the Sun Lasts", 2021, this Thursday at 2pm.

Visits are available at glst.one/Visit. Walk-ins are welcome Thursdays and Fridays through mid-March.

Credit: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art / Malle Madsen

Ellsworth Kelly is heading back to Paris! Having started his career in the city of light, it’s only appropriate for “Ell...
02/12/2024

Ellsworth Kelly is heading back to Paris! Having started his career in the city of light, it’s only appropriate for “Ellsworth Kelly at 100” to travel to the Fondation Louis Vuitton following its time at Glenstone.

See the exhibition before its departure, on view at the Pavilions through March 17. Visits are available at visit.glenstone.org. Thursday and Friday walk-ins are welcome through mid-March.

Ellsworth Kelly
“Red White Blue”, 1968
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
© Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

Close looking in "Ellsworth Kelly at 100". Taken from our most recent Rava Films video about Kelly and his creative proc...
02/07/2024

Close looking in "Ellsworth Kelly at 100". Taken from our most recent Rava Films video about Kelly and his creative process, these stills remind us to slow down, look, and stay curious about what we see.

Experience "Ellsworth Kelly at 100" in-person through March 17, before it travels to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Visits are available at visit.glenstone.org. Thursday and Friday walk-ins are welcome through mid-March.

Dive into Ellsworth Kelly’s legacy, his artistic practice, and his connections to Glenstone with our latest video, produ...
02/05/2024

Dive into Ellsworth Kelly’s legacy, his artistic practice, and his connections to Glenstone with our latest video, produced with Rava Films.

If you haven't already, see “Ellsworth Kelly at 100” on display in the Pavilions through March 17. Visits are available on our website.

“In a sense, what I’ve tried to capture is the reality of flux, to keep art an open, incomplete situation, to get at the rapture of seeing.”—Ellsworth KellyO...

We saved a seat just for you.Whether you’re outside on the Water Court bench, or cozy inside the Pavilions, you can enjo...
02/01/2024

We saved a seat just for you.

Whether you’re outside on the Water Court bench, or cozy inside the Pavilions, you can enjoy Glenstone's views in-person this winter. Visits are available at visit.glenstone.org

Beginning March 21 through early 2025, the Pavilions will close temporarily for renovations.   During this time, we will...
01/22/2024

Beginning March 21 through early 2025, the Pavilions will close temporarily for renovations.

During this time, we will offer two kinds of tickets to maintain the serene and contemplative atmosphere that is the hallmark of Glenstone’s visitor experience. Our Glenstone admissions ticket will include timed entry access to our grounds, dining options, Bookstore, and Arrival Hall. The second ticket option will include Glenstone admission as well as timed entry to “Iconoclasts: Selections from Glenstone’s Collection”, on display in the Gallery. Admission is always free.

For more information about the operational changes, please visit glst.one/updates.

Glenstone will be closed today due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope you stay safe i...
01/19/2024

Glenstone will be closed today due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope you stay safe in the snow!

Andy Goldsworthy
“Clay Houses (Boulder-Room-Holes)”, 2007
© Andy Goldsworthy

As experts in native and organic landscape management, we’re passionate about sharing Glenstone’s sustainability efforts...
01/10/2024

As experts in native and organic landscape management, we’re passionate about sharing Glenstone’s sustainability efforts when it comes to landscape design.

On February 16, our Director of Environmental Stewardship, Paul Tukey, will join PWP Landscape Architecture to present on Glenstone’s unique landscape at Montgomery Parks' GreenScapes Symposium.

For more information about the symposium and to register online, visit www.brooksidegreen.org.

Congratulations to artist Mark Bradford on winning the 2024 Getty Prize! Read more from Hauser & Wirth:
11/30/2023

Congratulations to artist Mark Bradford on winning the 2024 Getty Prize! Read more from Hauser & Wirth:

Hauser & Wirth was founded in 1992 in Zurich by Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser, who were joined in 2000 by Partner and President Marc Payot

Now open at the Gallery: "Iconoclasts: Selections from Glenstone's Collection"Presented roughly chronologically, "Iconoc...
11/16/2023

Now open at the Gallery: "Iconoclasts: Selections from Glenstone's Collection"

Presented roughly chronologically, "Iconoclasts" spans over a century of groundbreaking artists and their works—some visitor favorites, others recently acquired and newly on view.

The exhibition will be on long-term view, with rotating works to provide fresh perspectives for return visitors.

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Robert Rauschenberg
"Gold Standard", 1964
© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Image 3
Ming Smith
"Self-Portrait", 1988
© 2023 Ming Smith / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image 4
Hilma af Klint
"Tree of Knowledge", 1913-1915

Now open in Room 1 of the Pavilions: Barbara Chase-Riboud.   An artist, novelist, and poet, Chase-Riboud creates works i...
09/14/2023

Now open in Room 1 of the Pavilions: Barbara Chase-Riboud.

An artist, novelist, and poet, Chase-Riboud creates works informed by wide range of cultural histories, from ancient funerary steles to prominent Black figures of the civil rights movement. The three sculptural pieces presented in Room 1 each come from a different series: Malcolm X, Ta**ra, and La Musica. With heavy bronze appearing to balance above delicate fibers, the pieces invert the hierarchy of materials and seem to defy gravity.

“La Musica Red Parkway / Josephine Red”, 2007
“Ta**ra #4”, 2007
© Barbara Chase-Riboud

Busy getting ready for back-to-school? So are we! Starting this week, Glenstone is now scheduling school visits for Sept...
08/24/2023

Busy getting ready for back-to-school? So are we! Starting this week, Glenstone is now scheduling school visits for September–January.

Led by our knowledgeable Guides, we offer both in-person and virtual programming for middle and high school aged students. Learn more and schedule your class visit at glst.one/school.

Live music, local beer, and golden hour light are coming to Glenstone this September! For next month only, we’ll be open...
08/16/2023

Live music, local beer, and golden hour light are coming to Glenstone this September! For next month only, we’ll be open until 8pm every Saturday. Whether it’s your first visit or your fifth, join us for something new: jazz at the Patio, evening nature walks, curatorial talks, and beer from local breweries.

Tickets are available at glst.one/saturday, with more released every Monday week-of. Our Guaranteed Entry program will be honored during these extended hours, and the last admissions will be at 6:15pm.

Kara Walker’s “The Katastwóf Karavan”, 2017 is a sculpture that is “voicing something”, in the words of the artist. In o...
08/09/2023

Kara Walker’s “The Katastwóf Karavan”, 2017 is a sculpture that is “voicing something”, in the words of the artist. In our newest video interview, hear from artists Kara Walker and Jason Moran about the thought process behind this massive sculpture and its steam-powered organ.

Watch now:
📺 → https://glst.one/karawalker

We're looking forward to participating in the New Directions in the American Landscape's field session on Glenstone's ca...
07/28/2023

We're looking forward to participating in the New Directions in the American Landscape's field session on Glenstone's campus! Instructors include our very own Matt Partain, Landscape Superintendent, and Paul Tukey, Director of Environmental Stewardship.

In-person field sessions are back! On an unprecedented scale, public institution Glenstone Museum has planted and managed its landscape organically. The ASLA award-winning campus consists of extensive meadows and reforestation containing 90+ acres of native plants and pollinator habitat - all planted and managed organically. Join us on August 15, 2023.

Get your tickets at https://www.ndal.org/inthefield-summer-2023. Limited attendance. Registration closes 1 week prior to the event.

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Now on view in Room 9 of the Pavilions: Barbara KrugerBarbara Kruger's large-scale triptych,  “Untitled (Never Perfect E...
07/27/2023

Now on view in Room 9 of the Pavilions: Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger's large-scale triptych, “Untitled (Never Perfect Enough),” 2020, continues the artist’s decades-long exploration of gender, power, and media through her signature graphic style and use of direct language.

Congratulations to artist Cildo Meireles on receiving the Roswitha Haftmann Prize!
07/20/2023

Congratulations to artist Cildo Meireles on receiving the Roswitha Haftmann Prize!

He is the first Latin American artist ever to win the award.

07/12/2023

Feeling spontaneous this week? We can help with that.

Tickets are still available this Thursday and Friday for you to wander the museum! Whether you're joining us for the first time or the fifth, there's always something new on view, from new blossoms in the meadow to installations indoors.

It’s been 10 years since we broke ground on the Pavilions and 5 years since they opened, so we’re taking a moment to rei...
07/01/2023

It’s been 10 years since we broke ground on the Pavilions and 5 years since they opened, so we’re taking a moment to reintroduce ourselves. In our new video, hear from our founders, from the artists we work with, and from Glenstone staff about what makes Glenstone the place that it is.

Video by Rava Films

"What is Glenstone?" There are so many ways to answer that question, and we're offering a few answers here from our founders, our associates, artists we work...

Now on view, Kara Walker’s “The Katastwóf Karavan”, 2017 ⁣⁣Join Kara Walker and Jason Moran for the premiere of the Kara...
05/16/2023

Now on view, Kara Walker’s “The Katastwóf Karavan”, 2017 ⁣

Join Kara Walker and Jason Moran for the premiere of the Karavan at Glenstone on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. The artwork houses a fully operational steam calliope, which will be played live by Moran at 1PM on both days, followed a custom playlist created by Walker. The Karavan will remain installed at Glenstone through September and will be activated weekly on Saturdays at 2pm.⁣

We will be releasing a few last-minute tickets for Friday and Saturday around 9am today – check our website for availability! ⁣

Please note that we anticipate having limited parking onsite on May 19 and May 20 and encourage visitors to carpool or come via the Route 301 Ride On Montgomery County Transit bus.⁣

Now Open: Ellsworth Kelly at 100 🎉⁣⁣We're excited to share this peek of the over 70 works included in our centennial cel...
05/04/2023

Now Open: Ellsworth Kelly at 100 🎉⁣

We're excited to share this peek of the over 70 works included in our centennial celebration of artist ! ⁣

This exhibition draws from the span of Ellsworth Kelly’s seven-decade career, including pivotal works across his practice. “Ellsworth Kelly at 100” will be on view until March of 2024. ⁣

Ellsworth Kelly⁣
“Yellow Curve”, 1990⁣
“White Curves II”, 1978⁣
“Color Panels for a Large Wall II”, 1978⁣
Private Collection, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery⁣
“White Relief with Black III”, 1993⁣
© Ellsworth Kelly Foundation⁣


In our new short film: “You Are The Subject: Richard Serra at Glenstone”, you will hear from the artist and our Director...
04/04/2023

In our new short film: “You Are The Subject: Richard Serra at Glenstone”, you will hear from the artist and our Director and Co-Founder Emily Rales, along with numerous other staff members from Glenstone and partners on this project, about the epic, multi-year effort to site, house, and open Richard Serra’s “Four Rounds: Equal Weight, Unequal Measure”, 2017 on the Woodland Trail.

Watch it now: https://glst.one/3nKbFHT

Two years in the making and now streaming:"You Are The Subject: Richard Serra at Glenstone", a new short film, tells the...
04/03/2023

Two years in the making and now streaming:

"You Are The Subject: Richard Serra at Glenstone", a new short film, tells the multi-year story of the installation and opening of Richard Serra's "Four Rounds: Equal Weight, Unequal Measure", 2017.

Produced with Rava Films, You Are The Subject premieres digitally today in collaboration with designboom:

glenstone museum’s worldwide digital film premiere Celebrating the completion of its newest building by Thomas Phifer and Partners, Glenstone Museum premieres its short film titled ‘You Are The Subject: Richard Serra at Glenstone.’ The film follows the installation of Richard Serra‘s sculpt...

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