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Acquisition Highlight: Nick Cave Soundsuit
August 17, 2017

Acquisition Highlight: Nick Cave Soundsuit

With the help of our generous donors, Telfair Museums was proud to recently acquire this important soundsuit from celebrated African American artist Nick Cave. The work was purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Levy, Susan Willetts and Alan K. Pritz, Cathy and Philip Solomons, Diane and Ed Schmults, Pamela L. and […]

African American History & Culture: How Savannah’s Most and Least Powerful People Lived at the Owens-Thomas House
July 26, 2017

African American History & Culture: How Savannah’s Most and Least Powerful People Lived at the Owens-Thomas House

On September 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to the public and our country acknowledged that the lives of all our citizens are worthy of cultural celebration and historical examination. In the past, the lives of African Americans (or Africans in America, depending on the particular case) have often […]

Adventures of the Inquisitive Curators, Part 2
July 5, 2017

Adventures of the Inquisitive Curators, Part 2

In our last episode, Shannon Browning-Mullis, Curator of History and Decorative Arts (that’s me), and Sonja Wallen, Buildings Curator, found mysterious 19th century graffiti and evidence of living spaces in the attic of the slave quarters. In this installation, we explore the dusty chambers off the basement cistern. When the original plumbing system of the […]

Talking Art, Politics, and Selfies at TEDx Savannah
June 1, 2017

Talking Art, Politics, and Selfies at TEDx Savannah

By Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions My curatorial specialty is pre-1945 American and European art, so in the course of my work at Telfair Museums I am constantly thinking of how to bridge the gap between the past and the present in order to demonstrate how older art is still important and […]

Aristotle & Humboldt Crown Telfair Academy Once Again
April 10, 2017

Aristotle & Humboldt Crown Telfair Academy Once Again

If you’ve visited Telfair Academy lately, you might have noticed something new about the exterior. Replica busts of Aristotle and Alexander Von Humboldt have returned to the façade of the Academy. The original busts were created by Telfair Museums’ first director, Carl Brandt, specifically for Telfair Academy. They were cast in relief (or alto relievo) […]

Habersham portrait coming to the Owens-Thomas House
March 15, 2017

Habersham portrait coming to the Owens-Thomas House

At the Owens-Thomas House and the Telfair Academy, we’re frequently asked by visitors if Richard Richardson, George Owens, and Mary Telfair were good people. Were they bad people?  Were they kind to their slaves? The fact is, they weren’t good people or bad people. They were simply humans making both good and bad decisions, decisions […]

Discovery at the Owens-Thomas House!
March 3, 2017

Discovery at the Owens-Thomas House!

These are exciting times at the Owens-Thomas House! A couple weeks ago, buildings curator Sonja Wallen and I were working on plans for the reinterpretation project on the second floor of the Owens-Thomas House Slave Quarters. While inspecting the space, we noticed evidence indicating that an additional set of stairs ascended into the attic. We […]

NEA and NEH Funding in Jeopardy with New Presidential Administration
January 20, 2017

NEA and NEH Funding in Jeopardy with New Presidential Administration

A message from Telfair Museums Director Lisa Grove on the future of the NEA & NEH   As you may have heard, the incoming presidential administration announced today that their new budget will eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which comprise 0.006 percent of the national budget. In […]

The Legacy of William Christenberry
December 5, 2016

The Legacy of William Christenberry

By Erin Dunn, Telfair Museums Assistant Curator Hailing from the small town of Ringgold, GA, I feel an affinity to any artist who calls the South home, but especially to those who make the region their muse. The juxtapositions and mixed metaphors so central to the Southern environment were firmly captured by Tuscaloosa-born artist William […]

The story of Telfair Academy’s iconic sculptures
October 3, 2016

The story of Telfair Academy’s iconic sculptures

If these statues could talk, oh the stories they would tell…   In 1883, Carl Brandt was given $20,000 cash and a ticket to Europe to acquire the art for a brand new museum in Savannah. Located in the former mansion of one of Savannah’s most prominent families, this new museum was to be called […]