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January 2018

Director’s Circle Preview Dinner

January 24 | 5:00 pm
Jepson Center, 207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

A special preview of Carrie Mae Weems' exhibition Sea Islands Series, 1991-1992. Cocktails begin in the Eckburg Atrium at 5pm. At 6pm, enjoy a brief lecture in the Neises Auditorium by educator and historian Dr. Paul M. Pressly, Director Emeritus of the Ossabaw Island Education Alliance. Dr. Pressly will present a related topic, Discovering the Gullah Geechee: A Personal Journey. From 6:30 to 7pm, members are invited to preview the exhibition in the Kane Gallery, followed by dinner at Cha Bella…

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Film Screening: Daughters of the Dust

January 25 | 6:00 pm
Jepson Center, 207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Free admission. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Julie Dash’s dreamy, visually-striking film, the first wide-release feature by a female African American director, tells the story of the Peazant family who are in the process of leaving their home on the Sea Islands for the mainland in 1902. Filmed near Savannah at Hunting Island, SC, the film was among the first to depict the complexity of Gullah-Geechee culture. (1991, 152 minutes) Co-sponsored by Telfair’s Friends of African…

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“Sea Islands Series” Exhibition Opens

January 26
Jepson Center, 207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Considered one of America’s most influential contemporary artists, Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953) became interested in the unique Gullah culture found on the Sea Islands off the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina while studying folklore in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. Because of the islands’ physical isolation from the mainland and their majority black population, Sea Islands region residents were able to retain many aspects of African culture throughout the period of slavery and into the present day. Gullah…

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“Reinterpreting the Sound of Blackness” Exhibition Opens

January 26
Jepson Center, 207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Paul Stephen Benjamin (American, b. 1966) is a conceptual artist whose work is a meditation on the color black, specifically as an entry point into discussions of identity, race, and masculinity. Benjamin’s artistic suggestion is that a cohesive message about identity is all but impossible but still worthy of exploration. This solo presentation at Telfair Museums will be the artist’s largest focused presentation of his video installations to date. Benjamin also investigates the concept of the “sound of black” by editing…

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Owens-Thomas House closed for annual cleaning

January 29 - February 2
Owens-Thomas House, 124 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31401 United States

The Owens-Thomas House will be closed for its annual deep cleaning and maintenance repairs. We will reopen Saturday, February 3.  Thank you for your understanding as we continue to maintain and improve our wonderful sites.

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GMCS Home and Collection Tour

January 29 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a tour of the home and collection of Maureen and David Smith in downtown Savannah.

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February 2018

Opening Lecture and Reception: Carrie Mae Weems

February 1 | 6:00 pm
Jepson Center, 207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Opening Lecture and Reception for Carrie Mae Weems' Sea Islands Series, 1991-1992. Members free; non-members $8 Telfair presents a lecture by renowned and influential artist Carrie Mae Weems. Over the past 30 years, Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, textiles, audio, digital images, installation, and video. Reception to follow.  

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Rolling Stone Press: Approaching Abstraction Exhibition Opens

February 2
Jepson Center, 207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Rolling Stone Press: Approaching Abstraction will be on view in the Jepson Center through June 17, 2018. Approaching Abstraction is the first of two exhibitions that will spotlight a portfolio of lithograph prints from the Rolling Stone Press, a professional lithography atelier that operated in Atlanta, GA from 1984 until 2005.

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W.W. Law Lecture

February 8 | 6:00 pm
Jepson Center, 207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Free and open to the public. In collaboration with the Savannah Black Heritage Festival, the museum presents a conversation with Atlanta-based artist Paul Stephen Benjamin moderated by Rachel Reese, Telfair Museums Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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FAAA Annual Members Meeting

February 8 | 7:00 pm
Jepson Center, 207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Annual meeting of Telfair's member group Friends of African American Arts.

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