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This exhibition will celebrate the remarkable ascendancy of photography in the last century through the extraordinary collecting achievements of Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee. Their passion for art was inspired and encouraged by the collecting of Ms. Tenenbaum’s late parents, Lorlee and Arnold Tenenbaum, who were champions of Telfair Museums and cultural leaders across the Savannah community. Come see more than 80 masterpiece photographs by some of the medium’s greatest practitioners, including works by Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Ilse Bing, and Man Ray; Edward Weston, Walker Evans, Helen Levitt, and William Eggleston; Diane Arbus, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and Mickalene Thomas. This selection is particularly notable for its breadth and depth of works by women artists, its sustained interest in the nude, and its focus on artists’ beginnings. Through iconic images and rare, experimental works, the exhibition demonstrates the many expressive directions and ever-widening possibilities within this beautiful and accessible medium.

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Photography’s Last Century was organized by the collectors and Jeffrey L. Rosenheim, the Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Telfair extends thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its staff, and to the collectors, for enabling this presentation of the exhibition. Photography’s Last Century is a companion to Telfair’s exhibition Bold Expressions: The Collection of Lorlee and Arnold Tenenbaum.

Exhibition funding is provided by Anonymous, Domenico and Eleanore De Sole, Bob Faircloth, Hancock Askew & Co., LLP, Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, Alice and Tom Tisch, Truist.

Annual Exhibition Support by Director’s Council Members: Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson, Anonymous, Mr. and Mrs. Dale C. Critz, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Dale C. Critz, Sr., Alice and Bob Jepson, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore J. Kleisner, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Levy, Mr. and Mrs. Angus C. Littlejohn, Wilson Morris, Dave and Sylvaine Neises, Thomas V. and Susan G. Reilly, Cathy and Philip Solomons, Pamela L. and Peter S. Voss, Don and Cindy Waters, Mrs. Cynthia Willett, Ms. Susan Willetts and Mr. Alan K. Pritz, Dr. Victor L. Andrews, Malcolm and Julia Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Coker, Jr., Jan and Lawrence Dorman, Dr. and Mrs. William T. Moore, Mr. C.B. Richardson, Carl and Barbara Sassano, Jacqueline and Ken Sirlin, Marti and Austin Sullivan, Gloria and Durwood Almkuist, Mrs. Lillian Proveaux Breitbart and Mr. Kerry Breitbart, Leda Chong and Kevin Dewalt, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Gantt, Lindsay and Brent Harlander, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Haynes III, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Johnston, Kelley and Josh Keller, Linda and Tom McWhorter, Mr. and Mrs. J. Herbert Ogden, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. David E. Paddison, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rabinowitz, Mr. David A. Rea and Ms. Noelle J. Gauthier, Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Sayer, Ms. Swann Seiler, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Sheriff, and Randall and Valerie Stolt.

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Event

Video Art Screenings: Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, A Lot of Sorrow

February 19 at 10:30am Jepson Center
Telfair Museums will present four screenings of A Lot of Sorrow (2013–14), a collaboration between Icelandic conceptual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the American band The National. Capturing a performance at MoMA PS1 in 2013, this meditative film runs for 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 35 seconds.
Event

Video Art Screenings: Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, A Lot of Sorrow

March 14 at 10:30am Jepson Center
Telfair Museums will present four screenings of A Lot of Sorrow (2013–14), a collaboration between Icelandic conceptual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the American band The National. Capturing a performance at MoMA PS1 in 2013, this meditative film runs for 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 35 seconds.
Event

Video Art Screenings: Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, A Lot of Sorrow

April 29 at 10:30am Jepson Center
Telfair Museums will present four screenings of A Lot of Sorrow (2013–14), a collaboration between Icelandic conceptual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the American band The National. Capturing a performance at MoMA PS1 in 2013, this meditative film runs for 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 35 seconds.
Event

Video Art Screenings: Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, A Lot of Sorrow

May 20 at 10:30am Jepson Center
Telfair Museums will present four screenings of A Lot of Sorrow (2013–14), a collaboration between Icelandic conceptual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the American band The National. Capturing a performance at MoMA PS1 in 2013, this meditative film runs for 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 35 seconds.
Event

Tenenbaum Members Reception

March 14 at 5:30pm7pm Jepson Center
Celebrate the landmark exhibitions Photography’s Last Century and Bold Expressions. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries and mingling in the Atrium while enjoying refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres.
Event

Director’s Circle Lecture & Dinner

March 15 at 5:30pm Jepson Center
Director’s Circle members are invited to learn about key works in the exhibition Photography's Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection with Jeffrey L. Rosenheim, the Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge of Photographs at The Met.
Event

Curator’s Tour: Photography’s Last Century

March 31 at 3pm4pm Jepson Center
Meet inside the galleries for this public exhibition tour and discussion with Alex Mann, Telfair’s Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator.
Event

Lecture: An Intersection of Art and Community by Ann Tenenbaum

April 27 at 5:30pm Jepson Center
Telfair Museums welcomes distinguished guest speaker Ann Tenenbaum in conjunction with the exhibitions Bold Expressions: The Collection of Lorlee and Arnold Tenenbaum and Photography’s Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection.
Event

Video Art Screenings: Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, A Lot of Sorrow

February 19 at 10:30am Jepson Center
Telfair Museums will present four screenings of A Lot of Sorrow (2013–14), a collaboration between Icelandic conceptual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the American band The National. Capturing a performance at MoMA PS1 in 2013, this meditative film runs for 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 35 seconds.
Event

Video Art Screenings: Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, A Lot of Sorrow

March 14 at 10:30am Jepson Center
Telfair Museums will present four screenings of A Lot of Sorrow (2013–14), a collaboration between Icelandic conceptual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the American band The National. Capturing a performance at MoMA PS1 in 2013, this meditative film runs for 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 35 seconds.
Event

Video Art Screenings: Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, A Lot of Sorrow

April 29 at 10:30am Jepson Center
Telfair Museums will present four screenings of A Lot of Sorrow (2013–14), a collaboration between Icelandic conceptual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the American band The National. Capturing a performance at MoMA PS1 in 2013, this meditative film runs for 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 35 seconds.
Event

Video Art Screenings: Ragnar Kjartansson and The National, A Lot of Sorrow

May 20 at 10:30am Jepson Center
Telfair Museums will present four screenings of A Lot of Sorrow (2013–14), a collaboration between Icelandic conceptual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and the American band The National. Capturing a performance at MoMA PS1 in 2013, this meditative film runs for 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 35 seconds.
Event

Tenenbaum Members Reception

March 14 at 5:30pm7pm Jepson Center
Celebrate the landmark exhibitions Photography’s Last Century and Bold Expressions. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries and mingling in the Atrium while enjoying refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres.
Event

Director’s Circle Lecture & Dinner

March 15 at 5:30pm Jepson Center
Director’s Circle members are invited to learn about key works in the exhibition Photography's Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection with Jeffrey L. Rosenheim, the Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge of Photographs at The Met.
Event

Curator’s Tour: Photography’s Last Century

March 31 at 3pm4pm Jepson Center
Meet inside the galleries for this public exhibition tour and discussion with Alex Mann, Telfair’s Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator.
Event

Lecture: An Intersection of Art and Community by Ann Tenenbaum

April 27 at 5:30pm Jepson Center
Telfair Museums welcomes distinguished guest speaker Ann Tenenbaum in conjunction with the exhibitions Bold Expressions: The Collection of Lorlee and Arnold Tenenbaum and Photography’s Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection.