In the early 1800s, music, dance, literature, fine art, and civility were thought to be a part of a complete education. Homewood Museum's sixth annual student-curated focus show explores how young Baltimoreans were instructed in these and other cultural refinements This student-curated focus show explores how young Baltimoreans were introduced to these and other cultural refinements through parental instruction, printed materials, tutors, and specialized schools. Evidence has been drawn from Carroll family correspondence, rare books, and other period items. An accompanying display located on the main level of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, adjacent to Homewood Museum, features objects from the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries.
HOMEWOOD MUSEUM: On view 11am–4pm Tuesday–Friday, noon–4pm Saturday–Sunday as part of the guided museum tour / Free with museum admission.
MILTON S. EISENHOWER LIBRARY, MAIN LEVEL: On view daily 8am to 8pm / Free admission with photo ID. Visit MSEL website
Programs and dates are subject to change. For information and registration, call 410.516.5589 or visit the museum.
Theorem Painting Workshop: February 12, 12:30–3:30pm / Learn the techniques for this 19th-century form of stenciling with artist Sandra Coldren. / $50, $45 Members. Registration required. Snow date: February 13.
Privileged Pursuits Party: February 26, 3–7pm / Step into early 19th-century society and partake of dancing, gaming, savories and more with costumed members of Chorégraphie Antique and the Mid-Atlantic Society for Historical Swordsmanship / $20, $15 Members, $10 Students. Snow date: March 5
Dahlia Flute Duo: March 4, 5:45pm / $15, $12 Members, $8 Students (includes museum admission and a reception). Reservations required.
Vinca Quartet: April 1, 5:34pm / $15, $12 Members, $8 Students (includes museum admission and a reception). Reservations required.
Emergence of American Voices: Early 19th-Century Poetry: March 26, 5pm reception, 5:30pm reading / Presented by faculty and students of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars / $8, FREE for Members and JHU students.
Festival of Historic Arts: April 10, 12–3:30pm / Learn an old-fashioned skill or art as it may have been practiced in 1800s Baltimore / FREE with paid museum admission
Privileged Pursuits: Cultural Refinement in Early Baltimore was organized in two locations by Johns Hopkins undergraduate students enrolled in the Fall 2010 Introduction to Material Culture course, offered by the Krieger School's Program in Museums and Society and taught by Homewood Museum director-curator Catherine Rogers Arthur.
The exhibition is made possible by an endowment established by the late Anne Merrick Pinkard.