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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

Film: Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

October 6 | 7:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

In collaboration with Cinema Savannah, Telfair presents the new film by acclaimed director Werner Herzog, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. Herzog’s new documentary focuses on the internet, perhaps the most world-changing technological development since World War II. In this film, the Oscar-nominated director chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination that he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole, and the Australian outback. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in reality works—from business, to healthcare, to our personal relationships.

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Educators’ Open House

October 14 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Art of Yoga

October 18 | 5:30 pm
Telfair Academy,
121 Barnard St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Discover the art of meditation and balance with the Art of Yoga at Telfair Museums. Led by professional yoga instructor, Kendall Beene, this class welcomes individuals of all skill levels, linking breath and movement in an exploration of yoga as a creative force. Enjoy the tranquility of the museum alongside the soothing sounds of classical guitarist Sean Driscoll for a yoga experience unlike any other. Please bring your own mat. This event is co-sponsored by Beetnix, who will provide a special after-yoga delight!

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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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Masquerade in the Mansion

October 28 | 9:00 pm
Telfair Academy,
121 Barnard St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Don your masks for an unforgettable night of revelry, enchantment, and gothic allure at the William Jay Society’s second annual Masquerade in the Mansion! Held in the beautiful (and possibly haunted!) historic Telfair Academy, this can’t-miss event features an array of dazzling décor and wild entertainment, including live music, libations, late-night treats, and lots of surprises!

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November 2016

Arty Party

November 11 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jepson Center & Telfair Square

Kick off the fabulous Art Fair weekend with our popular preview bash, featuring music, food, beverages, and an opportunity to meet the artists at a chic cocktail reception. Arty Party patrons also have an exclusive chance to view and purchase artists’ works before Art Fair opens to the general public.

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22nd Annual Telfair Art Fair

November 12 - November 13
Jepson Center & Telfair Square

Free and open to the public, this open-air art show welcomes 80 artists from across the country and features a stunning array of artistic disciplines, including painting, printmaking, digital media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics/pottery, photography, furniture, glass, textiles/fiber, and more. Attracting thousands of locals, tourists, and art collectors, Telfair Art Fair offers visitors a chance to chat with artists, view their works, and purchase art to suit every taste and budget.

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Greening of the Telfair

November 28
Telfair Academy,
121 Barnard St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Each holiday season, TAG volunteers decorate the Telfair mansion just as Mary herself might have prepared it for a Twelfth Night celebration. The festive table is laid complete with oysters, fowl, meat pies, carrots, beets, and other dishes of the period. The Octagon Room is set for after-dinner sweets, fruits, and the traditional Twelfth Night cake. The kitchen is alive with preparations for dinner, including recently acquired ingredients for an apple pie, loaves of homemade bread, butter, and a slab of bacon. And even though Mary herself would not have used greens on the outside of her home, the guild will add greenery in the spirit of the season.

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