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Jepson Center Is Free to Savannah Residents November 13-15
Free lecture Nov. 18 will focus on photographer Frank Stewart, Savannah Music Festival
SAVANNAH, GA (November 10, 2020) — Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center will be open free to the local public the weekend of November 13-15.
In partnership with the City of Savannah, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, all Savannah and Chatham County residents will receive free admission to the museum on the southwest corner of Telfair Square. Face masks are required. For more on Telfair’s safety procedures, visit telfair.org/hours-admission.
Visitors to the Free Family Weekend are invited to tour current exhibitions and explore art activities led by Telfair’s education team, including a self-guided scavenger hunt and take-home activity kits. Exhibitions currently on view include Collecting Impressionism: Telfair’s Modern Vision, a sweeping survey of some of the museum’s most important paintings; Youthful Adventures: Growing Up in Photography, which includes iconic photographs of the 20th and 21st centuries; and Cut and Paste: Works of Paper, a special exhibition of paper works by Georgia artists.
This will be Telfair’s final free weekend of the year.
Nov. 18: Lawrence Lecture will be free and virtual
In addition to the Free Family Weekend, the public is invited to join the museum’s 2020 Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture, which will take place virtually this year at 6 p.m. Nov. 18.
Noted photographer Frank Stewart, whose work is featured in Youthful Adventures and who is known for his five decades photographing prominent jazz musicians, will be joined in conversation by Rob Gibson, former executive and artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival, and Walter O. Evans, Savannah collector and founder of the lecture series.
The Zoom discussion will include highlights from Stewart’s long career, with a special focus on his work created in Savannah. It is sponsored by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation and presented by Telfair Museums, Telfair’s Friends of African American Arts, and the Savannah Music Festival. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3-OQOac2SMSGM8n7y8PXAA.
About Telfair Museums:
Opened in 1886, Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South and the first U.S. museum founded by a woman. The museum features a world-class art collection in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District and encompasses three sites: the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and the Telfair Academy. Two National Historic Landmarks—the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters—showcase the complicated history of 18th- and 19th-century Americans, free and enslaved, who lived and toiled in Savannah. The Jepson Center houses the museum’s more than 7,000-work permanent collection, including important works of American Impressionism and the Ashcan School; the largest collection of Kahlil Gibran’s visual art in the United States; seminal 20th-century photography by Walker Evans, Helen Levitt, and Bruce Davidson; and essential works by contemporary artists in the museum’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection.