By: Cameron Donahue
Earlier this fall, the Evergreen Museum and Library opened their newest exhibit titled “Threaded in a Voice”. This exhibit, curated by artist-in-residence Meg Mitchell, seeks
to explore the 19th-century Italianate mansion’s history through multimedia. In six of the gilded age mansion’s 48 rooms, Mitchell installed handmade, motion-activated wood horns.
As the former home of two generations of the prominent Garrett family, Evergreen played an important role in Baltimore history. Mitchell recorded voiceovers of some of the most important moments of Garrett family history to tell the story of the home. These voiceovers play through the horns. In the
Leon Bakst designed theater, the horn plays a reading of Mary Elizabeth Garrett’s demand that the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine admit women.
In the great library, the horn documents how John Work Garrett I, a president of the B&O Railroad, mediated a railroad strike. The horns explore nearly 100 years of both Garrett family history and Baltimore history.
This exhibit is on display at Evergreen Museum until February 28. It is on view as part of a guided tour. These tours, free to Hopkins students, run Tuesday through Sunday from 12-4.
Images courtesy of Evergreen Museum and Library.