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September 2016

The Tsars’ Cabinet Opening Lecture and Celebration

September 29 | 6:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

A lecture by Kathleen Durdin, Russian decorative arts collector, provides a collector’s perspective on the exquisite works drawn from her private collection in this exhibition and shares her fascination with Russian history and decorative arts. A reception following the lecture features special demonstrations and traditional Russian fare! Sponsored by the Telfair Academy Guild.

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October 2016

Watershed – Opening Lecture and Reception

October 13 | 6:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Join Erin Dunn, Assistant Curator at Telfair Museums, for a lecture on Watershed, exploring how contemporary photography depicts the often contentious relationship between humans and the environments we inhabit. Reception to follow lecture.

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Talent and Beauty: A 19th Century African American Story

October 22 | 2:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

This program explores the story of an enslaved African American woman named Annie Crawford (1832–1902) and her daughter Elizabeth (1872–1948), who established herself as a successful dressmaker serving both black and white clientele. Kathleen Curtis Wilson—Fellow, The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and author of a soon-to-be-published book on this subject—will discuss Elizabeth’s journey from a slave cabin she shared with 10 family members to a two-story home of her own and a thriving business. Perlista Henry, great-granddaughter of the dressmaker, will present two quilts, one silk and one cotton, that were pieced by Elizabeth and remain in her family. Late 19th-century textiles with African American provenance are rare, and examples that remain in the family of origin even more exceptional. Presented in association with Telfair’s Friends of African American Arts. Prior to this presentation, at 12:30pm, FOT members may tour Historic Cottons to Modern Polyesters in the Telfair Academy with exhibit curator, Cyndi Sommers.

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December 2016

One Hundred Years of Harmony Lecture by Courtney McNeil

December 1 | 6:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Take a deeper look at the art of Gari Melchers in a lecture by Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, titled “Artist and Advisor: Gari Melchers and Telfair Museums.”

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Armstrong Moveable Feast Lecture

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

“Landscapes of Unrest: Visual Narratives of Environmentalism and Civil Rights in Photographic Stills”
Drs. Regina Bradley and Angela Horne

Examining how landscape photography can function as a visual narrative, Angela Horne, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, and Regina Bradley, Assistant Professor of African American Culture, will discuss how seemingly "still" images of a landscape are translated into stories that inform the way we engage with modern American culture and society. Focusing on images from the exhibition Watershed: Contemporary Landscape Photography (currently on display at the Jepson), Horne will analyze the relationships between people and the environment that these prints encompass by emphasizing how at times the camera directs viewers’ responses and at others leaves them unresolved. Drawing upon another manifestation of “still landscape” photography, Bradley will explore how our visual images of the Civil Rights Movement shape our understanding of a Southern culture-scape today. She will direct our gaze beyond these images to observe connections between the visual narratives and the protests taking place in the post-Civil Rights South. Together, Horne and Bradley will expose the often unsettling social significance of stillness in these exposures.

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