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

Jepson Center September 1, 2017–January 7, 2018

Rodin in Savannah

At the peak of his career, Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) was regarded as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo. Leaving behind 19th-century academic traditions, Rodin focused on conveying the vitality of the human spirit through bronze sculpture. His vigorous modeling emphasized his personal response to each subject, and he captured movement and emotion by altering traditional poses and gestures. In doing so, he created his own form of artistic expression. Today, Rodin’s pioneering sculpture is seen as a crucial link between traditional and modern art. Rodin: The Human Experience showcases the artist’s genius through a selection of 32 figures in bronze that span his long and remarkable career.

One of the ways in which Rodin remade sculpture was through his insistence that a part of a figure—such as a torso or a hand—could by itself convey meaning and thus be a complete work of art. By the beginning of the 20th century, Rodin’s partial figures and his marcottages (works that incorporate broken pieces into new works of sculpture) greatly influenced other sculptors like Maillol, Brancusi, and Matisse.

This year marks the centennial of Rodin’s death, and Telfair Museums joins with museums around the world to honor the anniversary with exhibitions and educational programs.

This exhibition is organized and made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. The presentation of this exhibition at Telfair Museums is curated by Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.



Celebrating Two Romantics: Rodin and Beethoven

Telfair Academy Guild presents 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 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.”

Quynh Shannon: Passion for an Exhibition

Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm
Performance at Telfair Academy, followed by dinner at the Jepson CenterGeneral tickets $150
Patron $250 tickets (includes preferred seating)Quynh Shannon, an accomplished concert pianist 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.

For tickets, contact Lauren Grant at 912.790.8866 or


Kelly A. Newberry

Wells Fargo Advisors
Vice President-Investment Officer

Telfair Academy Guild


Inge A. Brasseler

Judith and Howard Crawford
Jim and Melissa Emery
Mrs. Robert A. Henry
Linda and Tom McWhorter
Linda and Ted Moore
John and Carolyn Neely
Charles Taylor and Samir Nikocevic
Mrs. John O. Paull
Fran and Hue Thomas III


Exhibition Sponsors:

Alice and Bob Jepson
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Levy
Mr. and Mrs. Dwaine L. Willet
Bob and Jean Faircloth
Mr. and Mrs. Angus C. Littlejohn
Wilson and Linda Fisk Morris
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rabinowitz
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Roelle

Dr.  Victor L. Andrews
Mr. and Mrs. F. Reed Dulany III
Dr. David M. Hillenbrand
Carolyn Luck McElveen
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Reilly
Cheri D. and Benjamin R. Roach
Cathy and Philip Solomons
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. G. Vincent West
Ms. Susan Willetts and Mr. Alan K. Pritz

Randall and Valerie Stolt
Inge A. Brasseler
Jim and Dottie Kluttz
Linda and Ted Ruby
Jacqueline and Ken Sirlin
Mrs. Robert A. Henry
Mrs. Peggy G. Good
Mrs. Robert O. Levitt
Mrs. John O. Paull
Ms. Swann Seiler
Marilyn and Wayne Sheridan


Meditation (with Arms)
Modeled about 1880, enlarged about 1896; Musée Rodin cast 8 in 1979
Bronze; Coubertin Foundry
Lent by Iris Cantor

Study for Torso of the Walking Man
Modeled 1878-79; Musée Rodin cast 10 in 1979
Bronze; Coubertin Foundry
Lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation