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In connection with the exhibition Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art, Telfair invites audiences to participate in Gardener, a work by artist Yashua Klos, whose art is also included in the exhibition. Presented previously at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Gardener is an installation of 16 cardboard protest signs, each bearing a line from Ross Gay’s poem “A Small Needful Act” in memory of Eric Garner (1970–2014), whose death sparked national outrage. For this activation of Gardener in the Jepson Center atrium, Klos will conduct a collective reading of the signs with the audience. As in the previous presentation of Gardener, the reading is “intended to highlight the communal acts of mourning and protesting, while blurring the boundaries between the two.” Following the activation, Klos will participate in a public conversation about his work with Elegies curator Monique Long.

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Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art

Jepson Center
Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art is a group exhibition bringing together an international collection of artists who have disrupted or extended the traditional presentation of still lifes. The artists have appropriated the genre in order to create works within a framework of Black diasporic identities, histories, and collective experiences. Their works are expressed through various mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, performance, and installation.
exhibition

Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art

Jepson Center
Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art is a group exhibition bringing together an international collection of artists who have disrupted or extended the traditional presentation of still lifes. The artists have appropriated the genre in order to create works within a framework of Black diasporic identities, histories, and collective experiences. Their works are expressed through various mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, performance, and installation.
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