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Art of Seating Free Day Weekend!

Art of Seating Free Day Weekend!

Telfair offers three days of free admission to the Telfair Academy in conjunction with the Art of Seating and Sitting in Savannah exhibitions. Sponsored by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs.

  Sitting in Savannah, Lecture by Tania Sammons
May 2 | 6pm
The series begins with a lecture by Tania Sammons, Telfair Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Historic Sites, who will discuss chairs and sofas from the museum’s permanent collection.
Workshop for high school students with Jessica Scott-Felder
May 3 | 3:30-5:30 pm

Students will visit the Art of Seating exhibition and High Chairs installation with Atlanta artist Jessica Scott-Felder and then create mixed media works with applied gold leaf based on the forms in the exhibition. Works will be exhibited in the Jepson Center’s Morrison Community Gallery after the workshop. The workshop is free but registration is required. Call 790-8823.

Performance and Family Activities
Performance by Jessica Scott Felder
May 4 | 2pm

The artist will present a short performance site-specific to the galleries and period rooms of the Telfair Academy. Rather than a seated performance, the audience will follow the artist from the Rotunda to the period rooms to the sculpture gallery.  In her performance art, Jessica Scott-Felder becomes a catalyst for altering the social dynamic of a space. Every aspect of her presence is considered important to the work, from the details within the antebellum era clothing (inspired by her drawings of chairs) to the object-filled vessels that are carried during the performance. Her presence silently demands attention through slow and graceful movements.

Photos by Linda Lima and Linda Costa

Family activities and tours of the seating exhibitions
May 4 | 2:30-4pm

Following the performance families and children may take part in hands-on activities and tours of the Art of Seating and Sitting in Savannah exhibitions.

Image: Designed by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) Manufactured by Knoll Associates, New York City, NY; Large Diamond Lounge Chair, c. 1952; Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, Director of Acquisitions, Conservation and Photography