April 2, 2012

Evergreen Museum presents Tai Hwa Goh exhibition

Tai Hwa Goh, the 10th artist in residence at the university’s Evergreen Museum & Library, has created a three-dimensional, site-specific installation, Lullaby in Evergreen, that’s now on view as part of guided museum tours.

“Evergreen’s House Guests artist-in-residence program was created to continue Alice Warder Garrett’s legacy of supporting artists during the first half of the 20th century,” says James Archer Abbott, director and curator of Evergreen, referring to the house’s former owner. “The resulting exhibitions offer visitors new ways to see and understand the historic property through the work of contemporary artists.”

Using aquatint and silkscreen printing techniques on a thin paper called Soon-ji, Korean-born Goh has mounted enlarged, cut and reworked hand-waxed prints on architectural elements of Evergreen’s grand entry foyer and staircase, built around 1895. The exhibition’s title is a reference to how the staircase marked the physical progression from ground-floor public spaces to private sleeping quarters upstairs during the Garrett family’s residency. Flowing in rippling waves from the second floor landing balustrade and puddling down to the first floor, the form of the layered installation is suggestive of a waterfall, undulating as visitors walk past.

Lullaby in Evergreen is on view through May 27. For museum hours, go to museums