August 5, 2023-March 2, 2024
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is rooted in gay history. MSV benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910–1992) and his partner R. Lee Taylor (1924–2000) renovated the Museum’s Glen Burnie House—Glass’s ancestral home—in the 1950s and 1960s and created the formal landscape that surrounds it.
On view now through March 2, 2024, the exhibition 123 – I love you offers a glimpse into the world of Julian Wood Glass Jr. and the romantic relationships that influenced his life and collection. More than 50 objects—including photographs, letters, a kilt and costume worn by Glass, holiday ornaments made by Lee Taylor, and drawings by British artist Duncan Grant (1885–1978)—are on view in the display.
Most objects in the exhibition are drawn from the Glen Burnie Queer Studies Collection. Established in 2019, the Glen Burnie Queer Studies Collection consists of the everyday, material life objects owned by Julian Wood Glass Jr. and R. Lee Taylor dating to their occupancy of Glen Burnie. The collection includes objects that speak to their time as a gay couple and select objects owned by the group of friends and immediate family that supported them.
The display of 123 – I love you has been made possible by Proctor & Gamble and the generous support Steven Lowe.