Rodin: The Human Experience / Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections

Jepson Center September 1, 2017–January 7, 2018

Rodin in Savannah

Rodin: The Human Experience presents a selection of 32 figures in bronze by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), the French sculptor who left behind 19th century academic traditions to focus on conveying the passion and vitality of the human spirit. Considered in his lifetime to be the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo, Rodin exerted a tremendous influence on artists of subsequent generations, such as Matisse, Brancusi, and Maillol. Rodin was distinguished for his belief that part of a figure, such as a torso or a hand, could by itself convey meaning and be a complete work of art. His use of broken sculptural fragments in new works, called marcottage, can be seen as a precursor to today’s art of assemblage. Telfair Museums will present this exhibition in honor of the centennial of Rodin’s death.

This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation; it is funded in part by Chatham Capital Group, SunTrust Bank, Inge A. Brasseler, and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs.


RELATED EVENTS | Jepson Center

Rodin Members-Only Opening Lecture and Reception
Thursday, August 31
Lecture, 6pm; Reception, 7–8pm
Members only; FREE

Telfair opens this striking exhibition of works by the renowned French sculptor with a lecture by Judith Sobol, Executive Director of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Sobol will speak about the formation of the Cantor
Collection, which at one time included 750 works, and about Rodin’s achievements in transforming sculpture from a traditional to a modern art form. A reception follows the lecture. Sponsored by the Telfair Academy Guild.

Reserve your tickets  »



Celebrating Two Romantics: Rodin and Beethoven

Telfair Academy Guild will present two events in conjunction with the exhibition Rodin: The Human Experience. Music was a powerful influence on Auguste Rodin’s sculptural output and artistic vision. He felt close to Ludwig van Beethoven and found inspiration in the composer’s works and persona. These two programs will explore connections between the music of Beethoven, whom the French sculptor called “the first Romantic,” and the artistic output of Rodin, the self-proclaimed “last Romantic.” Sponsored by Kelly A. Newberry, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Vice President-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors; Telfair Academy Guild; and Inge A. Brasseler.


Rodin: Inspired by Beethoven
Monday, September 25, 10:30am lecture followed by lunch
Jepson Center
Tickets $85

Former Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation fellow and musicologist Olivia Mattis, PhD, will explore the inspiration Rodin derived from the music of Beethoven. Lunch to follow at Jepson Center.

Reserve your tickets  »


Quynh Shannon: Passion for an Exhibition
Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm performance followed by dinner
Telfair Academy
General tickets $150 / Patron $250 (includes preferred seating)

Quynh Shannon, an accomplished concert pianist, Savannah Philharmonic Guest Artist, and Instructor of Music at Savannah State University, will make her Savannah solo piano debut. Quynh will perform works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and Mussorgsky, with an elegant dinner to follow in the Jepson Center.

Reserve your tickets  »