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September 2015

All Sites Closed for Labor Day

September 7
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Mickalene Thomas at Giverny opens

September 11
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

The dazzling mixed-media works of Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971) combine rhinestones with acrylic and oil paints to create compositions that often reference iconic works of art from nineteenth-century Europe. In her reimagined renderings, the artist replaces the European subjects of these images with powerful and glamorous African American women, inviting questions about conventional beauty, racial identity, and the traditional art historical narrative.

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Summer Outreach Community Exhibition opens

September 12
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States
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Free Family Day – Explore the Owens-Thomas House

September 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Owens-Thomas House,
124 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31401 United States

Join us for an afternoon of history, craft demonstrations, and exploration at the Owens-Thomas House. The main floor of the house will be open for interpretive tours in which families will meet characters from the history of the house, including Mary Maxwell and the Marquis de Lafayette, and learn about tea and entertaining customs of the period. Visitors will see demonstrations of traditional methods of spinning and bread making and learn to play games like marbles that were likely played by both the enslaved children and the free children in the household. Families will also see a demonstration of the faux-finishing techniques used in the house and participate in a hands-on marbleizing activity.

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Mortality and Mourning Special Tour Program begins

September 14
Owens-Thomas House,
124 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31401 United States

Life was precarious in Savannah at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Yellow fever was a constant threat and infant mortality was frequent. How did early Savannahians deal with the ever-present specter of their own demise? Visit the Owens-Thomas House and explore ideas of mortality and mourning on all regularly scheduled tours during the dates listed above.

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FOT Gordonston Neighborhood Tour

September 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

FOT members will explore three different homes of varying ages and styles in Savannah’s eastside neighborhood of Gordonston, one of the city’s earliest suburbs. Developed by William Washington Gordon III, the brother of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low (the founder of the Girl Scouts), Gordonston sits on an eighty-acre tract of former Gordon family farmland. One of Savannah’s former streetcar suburbs, the neighborhood was served by a line that ran along Kinzie Avenue (named for William and Juliette’s mother, Nellie Kinzie Gordon) to the resort town of Thunderbolt. Unlike the streets of the grid-designed suburbs of Ardsley Park and Chatham Crescent, Gordonston’s avenues radiate out from Pierpont Circle. Crape myrtles and live oaks line the streets, which connect large lots and spacious, cultivated gardens that feature popular flowering plants. Dating mostly from the late 1910s to the 1950s, the neighborhood’s homes feature the Greek and colonial revival, craftsman, and midcentury modern architectural styles. A six-acre park set aside for recreation by Juliette Gordon Low in 1926 resides at the center of the neighborhood.

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Art on Tap: Jepson Unplugged

September 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Join us as we throw back to the 1990s and transform the Jepson Center into a “coffeehouse” in celebration of the national exhibition Come As You Are. Guests are invited to sit back and listen as Coy Campbell of Nightingale News performs acoustic versions of classic 90s songs from favorite bands like Nirvana and the Pixies. A special tapas-style menu will be available from the Jepson Café, along with wine and beer from a cash bar. A limited number of tickets are available; advance purchase is recommended.

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A Visit to the Penn Center with FAAA

September 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Penn Center is the site of the former Penn School, one of the country’s first schools for freed slaves. It is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. It is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. Penn Center is located on St. Helena Island, one of the most beautiful and historically distinct of the South Carolina Sea Islands. Established 150 years ago in 1862 as Penn School, an experimental program to educate Sea Island slaves at the beginning of the Civil War, it is the oldest and most persistent survivor of the Port Royal Experiment. Telfair Museums has coiled baskets in its collection made by students at the Penn School from the early 20th century.

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Come As You Are closes

September 20
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Don’t miss your last chance to relive the 1990s!

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October 2015

2015 Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture by Deborah Willis

October 8 @ 6:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Telfair Museums’ Friends of African American Arts is pleased to announce the 2015 Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture by eminent photography scholar and artist Dr. Deborah Willis. The lecture will connect to the exhibition Mickalene Thomas at Giverny, and will focus on the work of Thomas and other contemporary artists restaging historical art scenes.

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