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Street by James Nares
April 16, 2014

Street by James Nares

Just as photographer Helen Levitt first began drawing her inspiration from the streets of New York City in the 1940s, contemporary artist James Nares takes today’s New York streets as his subject in his mesmerizing 61-minute high-definition video Street. Nares, a native of London who came to New York in 1974, describes Street as “a love letter […]

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection
April 16, 2014

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection

Spanning the years 1810–1896, this exhibition examines the core concepts of the romantic movement as it unfolded in fine art of the American South. Having originated in European literature and art, romanticism found its way to America. The same ideals found in the canvases of the Hudson River School also colored the art of painters who found their […]

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon
April 15, 2014

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon

Marilyn Monroe was an American star, but she captivated the world. Telfair Museums is pleased to present Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon, an internationally traveling exhibition featuring dozens of works owned by private collectors in Europe, Sotheby’s archives, European art galleries and the estates of artists who interpreted the muse that was “Marilyn.” Presented in a variety of media including videos, photos […]

Contemporary Masters – The Kirk Varnedoe Collection
April 1, 2014

Contemporary Masters – The Kirk Varnedoe Collection

Assembled in honor of the late Savannah native, scholar and MoMA curator Kirk Varnedoe (1946-2003), the Kirk Varnedoe Collection contains some of the finest examples of contemporary art in the Telfair’s permanent collection. This remarkable display includes pieces by some of the most pivotal artists of the past fifty years. The Varnedoe Collection celebrates the life and legacy of Kirk Varnedoe through the presentation […]

GIF Studio: Web Animation and Studio Art
April 1, 2014

GIF Studio: Web Animation and Studio Art

The animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) has risen in recent years from a crude adornment of early websites to an emerging contemporary art form. Alongside rising popular appeal, GIFs have also made the leap into both web-based and physical art exhibitions and installations. This small exhibition highlights the GIF in relation to traditional studio art […]

Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s
March 18, 2014

Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s

This exhibition is the first major American museum survey to historicize the art of the pivotal decade of the 1990s. Showcasing approximately 60 works by 46 artists, this exhibition provides an overview of art made in the United States between 1989 and 2001—from the fall of Communism to the tragedy of 9/11—covering issues such as globalization, the “identity politics” debates, and […]

Monet and American Impressionism
February 18, 2014

Monet and American Impressionism

Highlighting vivid depictions of modern life in America between 1888 and 1920, this spectacular exhibition will feature artists who launched a new way of painting in response to the influence of French Impressionism. It will address parallels between the selected works and aspects of social and cultural life in the United Stated during the period. […]

Slavery and Freedom in Savannah
February 9, 2014

Slavery and Freedom in Savannah

Telfair Museums presents Slavery and Freedom in Savannah in conjunction with the newly published book of the same title. The exhibition’s images, documentary accounts and objects from Telfair Museums and other collections provide a deeper understanding of our collective American past. Viewed with a wider lens, pieces such as the neoclassical tea service owned by Frances Lewis Bolton Richardson […]

W.W. Law Lecture Series
February 6, 2014

W.W. Law Lecture Series

Savannah Black Heritage Festival: W.W. Law Lecture Series Going West – African Americans and ‘The Great Migration’ Westward in the 1870s. Beverly Jenkins is a leading writer of African American historical romance fiction. She specializes in 19th century African American life. As this year’s W.W. Law lecturer, Ms. Jenkins will discuss the connection between her […]

Cuppetelli and Mendoza – Notional Field (Savannah)
January 22, 2014

Cuppetelli and Mendoza – Notional Field (Savannah)

Detroit-based artists Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza combine fiber art with high definition video in a series of mesmerizing interactive works. In Notional Field (see front cover), vertical parallel lines of elastic cord are illuminated with a computer-generated video projection of lines. The motion of the projected lines is controlled by software which makes them […]