Evergreen Museum & Library marks 25 years

With the debut of two new special exhibitions on Sept. 17, Evergreen Museum & Library inaugurated a yearlong celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of its official public opening and to look ahead to the next quarter century.

On a perfect late summer evening, more than 200 guests gathered for a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception featuring live jazz and installations by mother-daughter artists Charlotte Cook-Fuller and Lynette Cook, and multimedia artist-in-residence Meg Mitchell.

The 48-room mansion and its collections were bequeathed to Johns Hopkins University by John Work Garrett, a diplomat and university trustee whose family had lived in the house since 1878.

The mansion, built in 1858, was purchased by Garrett's grandfather, John Work Garrett, president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and one of the university's original, handpicked trustees. The house was used for lectures, events, and occasional tours from 1952 to 1987 before being carefully restored.

Offering collections of European and American fine and decorative art, as well as art from around the world and from many time periods, Evergreen today serves as a vibrant teaching museum for academic departments and Baltimore schools, a cultural arts center, and an inspirational venue for contemporary artists.

Along with these opening exhibitions, which will remain on view through February, programs and special events are planned throughout the year. To learn more, go to the JHU Museums website or call 410-516-0341.

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