ISSUE 14 / SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER 2012
TELFAIR ACADEMY / OWENS-THOMAS HOUSE / JEPSON CENTER
Director's Message In June I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of the major exhibition George Bellows at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. There I had the privilege of seeing George Bellows’ Snow Capped River, one of the highlights of Telfair Museums’ permanent collection, hanging alongside dozens of other major Bellows works gathered from museum and private collections worldwide. From there, our painting will travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, before returning to its home at the Telfair Academy next summer. Telfair Museums is honored to be a part of this major international traveling exhibition that shines new light on this important American artist in our collection. This experience is indicative of my vision for Telfair Museums—focusing our efforts on two important, concurrent goals: national excellence and local relevance. Key examples of national excellence include our work at the Owens-Thomas House to create new scholarship on the important topic of urban slavery. Last fall’s Slavery and Freedom in Savannah Symposium captured national attention and enabled Telfair Museums to receive a grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Sciences to publish our scholarship in a book, due out next fall. Additionally, we recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of a major Robert Henri exhibition we are working on for next year. At the same time, we must continually ensure that our exhibitions and programs are relevant for the local community. I was honored to collaborate with Tom Kohler and his team at Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy recently to present a series of exhibitions and public programs that highlights the dignity and contributions of people with disabilities. And, thanks to the continued support of the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, our education team continues to go outside of museum walls into city parks and community centers to bring the joy of art to new audiences. As fall approaches, we look forward to several new exhibitions and programs that exemplify national excellence and local relevance. We are pleased to kick off the season at the Jepson Center with Dan Winters's America: Icons and Ingenuity, the first solo museum exhibition of iconic photography by one of the most recognizable photographers working in the U.S. today. This exhibition, organized by Telfair Museums, is already capturing the attention of national press including The New Yorker and Time Magazine. We are delighted to partner with the Savannah College of Art and Design to present an artist talk specifically for their photography students. Telfair Museums is excited to be one of six museums participating in a nationwide contemporary art project to coincide with the 2012 presidential election, Your Land/My Land: Election ’12. New York artist
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Jonathan Horowitz will transform a public space at the Jepson Center into a bipartisan town hall that invites the community in to explore the role of the 24-hour news media on the political process. At the Telfair Academy, we are pleased to present Working South: Watercolor Portraits by Mary Whyte, a four-year-in-the-making series of watercolors that documents the fading livelihoods of blue-collar workers in the South. Our 2012 season culminates in December with the opening of the major international exhibition Offering of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery. Telfair Museums is one of four museums in the U.S. presenting this exhibition of Italian Renaissance masterworks drawn from the permanent collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy – one of the greatest and most culturally significant art museums in the world. Works by legendary artists such as Botticelli, Titian, and Tintoretto will be on display, and we are planning a number of lectures and education programs to enhance the community’s understanding and enjoyment of the exhibition. Telfair Museums is also delighted to feature several popular annual programs and events this fall, including the 10th Annual Gray's Reef Ocean Film Festival, annual Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture Series featuring artist Whitfield Lovell, and our annual Cool Yule Holiday event, to name a few. We also look forward to the 18th Annual Telfair Art Fair: Arte Al Fresco, led by chair Allison Kelly and her dedicated committee, which takes its inspiration from the Uffizi exhibition. It is a busy time of year at the Telfair, so be sure to reference the events section of the magazine and take a moment to mark your calendars now! As members, you are the lifeblood of the museum. Your support makes it possible for us to offer programs that enhance the quality of life in our community. Thank you. I look forward to seeing you at Telfair Museums. Lisa Grove, Director/CEO
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Dan Winters’s America: Icons and Ingenuity September 14 – November 11, 2012 / Jepson Center Dan Winters has spent more than two decades creating memorable photographs for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Rolling Stone. Best known for his iconic and distinctive celebrity portraits, Winters has photographed public figures ranging from the Dalai Lama to President Barack Obama, Hollywood celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Helen Mirren, and artistic luminaries from Jeff Koons to William Christenberry. His style of portraiture is instantly recognizable, characterized by impeccable lighting, muted backgrounds of greens, browns, and grays, and the contemplative postures of his sitters. Winters’s lifelong fascination with science, technology, and human ingenuity finds similar expression in significant groups of photographs: close-up studies of honeybees and of airplanes and a magnificent series devoted to the last three launches of NASA’s space shuttles. These photographs reveal an aspect of his career that is less familiar than his commercial work but is equally compelling. In addition to photographs of popular icons, Winters’s accomplished body of work includes expressions of his personal vision. This lyrical body of work shows the same keen eye for lighting and composition that is so readily apparent in his commissioned color portraits, but with a decidedly more intimate ambiance: photographs of his wife and son, spare cityscapes, elegant collages. Dan Winters’s America: Icons & Ingenuity is the first museum exhibition dedicated to the work of this . talented artist, and includes more than one hundred examples of Winters’s work in various media.
Dan Winters began his career as a photojournalist in Ventura County, California. After winning several regional awards, he moved to New York City and began to work as an editorial photographer. He is widely recognized for his unique celebrity portraiture, scientific photography, drawings, collages, and photojournalism. Winters has been the recipient of more than one hundred national and international awards. In 1998 he received the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography; in 2003 he received a World Press Photo Award and was honored by Kodak as a photographic “icon” in their Legends series. His work has been the subject of four solo exhibitions in galleries in New York City and Los Angeles. His most recent book, Last Launch, was published in 2012 by the University of Texas Press. Winters’s work is represented in many private and public collections, such as the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University–San Marcos. Winters and his wife, Kathryn, divide their time between Austin, Los Angeles, and Savannah. This exhibition is organized by Telfair Museums and curated by Courtney McNeil.
The exhibition is sponsored in part by Danyse and Julius Edel, Marla and Morris Geffen, Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rabinowitz. Media Sponsor: South Magazine. The catalogue accompanying this exhibition is generously supported by the Telfair Academy Guild.
Related Programs / Jepson Center
Director’s Circle Preview Dinner September 12 , 6 pm Catered by Starland Dining Group, with guest of honor Dan Winters. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $85 per person. Reservations and pre-payment required by September 7, 2012. RSVP to Catherine Renner at 912.790.8844 or email@example.com
Lecture by Dan Winters and Members' Opening Reception September 13 , 6 pm Free to members or with museum admission. Sponsored by the Telfair Academy Guild
Opposite: Dan Winters; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hollywood, 2006; Archival pigment print. Images opposite from top clockwise: Michael Jordan, New York, 2003; Archival pigment print. Floral Anatomy No 6, 2012; Cut paper, ink, pencil, and glue. Worker in Flight, Austin, 2009; Gelatin SIlver Print. Fred Rogers’s Sweater, Pittsburgh, 1998; Archival pigment print.
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Working South: Watercolor Portraits by Mary Whyte October 5, 2012 – February 10, 2013 / Telfair Academy
In Working South, renowned watercolorist Mary Whyte captures the essence of vanishing blue-collar professions from across ten states in the American South. These are intimate portraits of workers left behind when jobs are outsourced or replaced by new technology, people who are more related to the “old economy” than the new. They are cotton pickers and textile mill workers, wooden boat builders, crabbers and shrimpers, and tobacco farmers, among many others. Working South is the product of a three-year project by Charleston-based Mary Whyte, and consists of thirty major watercolors and twenty related watercolor sketches. The theme began to develop in 2007 when she was working on a commissioned portrait of a Greenville banker. While he was posing for sketches, Whyte commented on a newspaper headline about the closing of a textile mill. “In ten years,” said her subject, “all of those jobs may be gone.” That conversation inspired a journey through the South, as Whyte researched and interviewed subjects, developing the studies that would
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culminate in a series of paintings of hard-working Americans whose everyday labors have gone unheralded while keeping the South in business. Born in Ohio in 1953, Mary Whyte graduated from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with a degree in fine arts and a teaching certificate. Whyte is also an avid teacher who conducts painting workshops at locations around the country and has written several instructional books and articles. Her portraits can be found in corporate, university, and private collections, and in museums including the Greenville County Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art. A catalogue, published by the University of South Carolina Press, containing Mary’s personal reflections and stories of her interactions with the various subjects she portrays in her work, will accompany the show. This exhibition is organized by the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina.
Sponsored by Danyse and Julius Edel.
Related Programs / Telfair Academy
Lecture by Mary Whyte October 4, 6 pm Join the artist for an overview of her work including the Working South series. Free to members or with museum admission.
Free Week at the Telfair Academy October 8-15 Invite your friends and enjoy the exhibitions Working South: Watercolor Portraits by Mary Whyte, Low Country Memories: Works by Preston Russell, and Telfairâ€™s permanent collection with a week of free admission.
Sponsored by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs.
Opposite: Mary Whyte; Lovers, Quilter, Berea, KY, 2008; watercolor on paper. Left: Fourth Floor, Elevator Operator, Jackson, MS, 2009; watercolor on paper. Below: Boneyard, Textile mill worker, Spartanburg, SC, 2009; watercolor on paper.
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Offering of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery December 7, 2012 – March 30, 2013 / Jepson Center Stunning works by masters of the Italian Renaissance, including Botticelli, Tintoretto, Titian, Lorenzo Monaco, and Parmigianino, will be on view at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center this winter during the exhibition Offering of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery. The Uffizi Gallery, located in Florence, Italy, is one of the world’s oldest and most renowned art museums, and the 45 works in this exhibition have never before been on view in the United States. The exhibition includes Biblical scenes from the Old and New Testaments, each hand-selected by the director of the Uffizi Gallery, Antonio Natali, to provide a compelling overview of the role of religious art during the Renaissance. Offering of the Angels also demonstrates the powerful Medici family’s impact on art patronage, which helped to create a climate that allowed these master artists to flourish during what is now regarded as one of the greatest periods of artistic achievement in the history of Western civilization. This exhibition is organized by Contemporanea Progetti, Florence, and curated by Antonio Natali, director of the Uffizi Gallery.
Related Programs / Jepson Center Pre-exhibition Lecture Series: Reframing the Renaissance: Offering of the Angels in Context Free to members or $5 for non-members per lecture. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served bases. Sponsored by the Telfair Academy Guild.
Brush up on art history with this four-session introduction to Italian Renaissance art, offered prior to the opening of the Uffizi exhibition. Taught by art history professors from the Savannah College of Art and Design, the series will provide context for understanding of the work in the Uffizi exhibition and chart the development of art in Renaissance Italy. The lecturers are faculty and friends of Art History at SCAD-Savannah. The department is the largest group of full-time, full professors teaching art history in the United States.
October 30, 5:30 pm Education of the Artist in the Renaissance: James T. Janson, Ph.D. November 6, 5:30 pm Classical to Academic Style: Michael D. Morford, Ph.D. November 13, 5:30 pm A European Renaissance: Artistic Exchange North and South: Arthur J. DiFuria, Ph.D. November 27, 5:30 pm Seeing in Context: Renaissance Art in Architectural Settings: Geoffrey S. Taylor, D. Des.
TAG Evening Lecture Series Free to members or with museum admission. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Sponsored by the Telfair Academy Guild. January 10, 6 pm, 2013 “Art, the Handmaiden of Religion: Exploring Sacred Painting from the Uffizi,” by Diane Cole Ahl, Ph.D., Arthur J. ’55 and Barbara S . Rothkopf Professor of Art History, Lafayette College January 24, 6 pm, 2013 “The Uffizi, the Medici, and Patronage during the Renaissance.” Lecture by Marcia Hall, PhD, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia February 7, 6 pm, 2013 “The Conservation of Old Master Paintings.” Lecture by Claire Barry, Director of Conservation for the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas
Above left to right: Bartolomeo Schedioni; The Child Jesus Points out Passages of the Old Testament to the Virgin in the Presence of Saint Joseph and the Young Saint John, 1610-19; Oil on Ppanel. Pietro Liberi; Annunciation, ca. 1670; Oil on canvas. Jacopo TIntoretto; Sacrifice of Isaac; Oil on canvas.
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Lead Corporate Sponsor: Gulfstream Lead Sponsor: Alice and Bob Jepson Contributing Sponsors: Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson, Fred and Melinda Bergen, Inge A. Brasseler, Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Brown, Joan and Gary Capen, Glen and Connie Darbyshire, Domenico and Eleanore De Sole, Bob and Jean Faircloth, Frances and John Kane, Mr. Ronald A. Kronowitz, Ms. Candace Lanier, Dr. Richard F. Leighton, Mrs. Robert O. Levitt, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. McWhorter, Elfrida Barrow Moore, Wilson and Linda Fisk Morris, Elizabeth and Ted Muller, Mr. John T. Neises, Mr. and Mrs. E. Michael Powers, Thomas B. and Susan G. Reilly, Cheri D. and Benjamin R. Roach, Mrs. Rosaleen Roxburg, Barbara and Mike Ruddy, Jacqueline and Ken Sirlin, Cathy and Philip Solomons, Mrs. Pawlings S. Steward, Mr. Edgar W. Swanson Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John L. Tucker, Mary and Marty Vernick, Don and Cindy Waters, Ms. Anne P. West. Special thanks to VisitSavannah for their partnership.
Director's Circle Preview Dinner
Members' Lecture and Opening Reception
December 5, 6 pm Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $85 per person. Reservations and pre-payment required by November 28, 2012. RSVP to Catherine Renner at 912.790.8844 or firstname.lastname@example.org
December 6, 6 pm, “Offering of the Angels, an Overview” by Linda Carioni, Director of International Relations, Contemporanea Progetti. Reception to follow. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Free to members or with museum admission. Sponsored by the Telfair Academy Guild.
Cool Yule Holiday Celebration-Italian Style! December 8, 10 am–4 pm Featuring Artists' Trunk Show, Family Activities, Shopping Discounts, and more!
Tours / Jepson Center Bring Your Group or School to Telfair Museums and Have an Experience Unlike any Other! Join a museum docent on a highlight tour featuring stunning works by masters of the Italian Renaissance. Docents will guide you through this unique exhibition as you explore the Italian Renaissance together. Reservations are required at least two weeks prior to tour date. To schedule a group tour or school tour, please visit our website at telfair.org/learn or 912.790.8827.
Docent Drop-In Uffizi Highlight Tours
December 7-March 29 / Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11 am and 2 pm First come, first served basis. 30 guest maximum per docent. Free to members. $15 for docent led tour and Jepson Center admission or $25 for docent led tour and Telfair 3-site pass.
Enhance your Experience! Learn about artwork in Offering of the Angels with an audio tour highlighting individual works in the exhibition. Free to members or $3 plus museum admission.
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Jonathan Horowitz: Your Land/ My Land: Election ’12 October 12 – November 11, 2012 / Jepson Center Telfair Museums will present Your Land/My Land ’12 to coincide with the 2012 American presidential election season. The exhibition will be staged simultaneously at art museums across the US. Your Land/My Land is a reimagined installation originally presented by Jonathan Horowitz during the 2008 presidential election. At each location (as in ’08), red and blue area rugs will divide the exhibition space into opposing zones, reflecting America’s color-coded, political, and cultural divide. Back-to-back monitors will be suspended between the carpets, with one broadcasting a live feed of Fox News, the other of CNN. The installation will provide a location for people to gather and watch coverage of as well as talk about the presidential election. Its central trope is a divided United States swathed in only red and blue. The text Your Land/My Land references This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie, which originally addressed issues of land ownership. According to Horowitz, “If race and gender were the defining themes of the ’08 election, economic policy and economic disparity will likely be the defining themes of the 2012 election. To some, museums are decidedly blue—elitist bastions of liberalism—to others, they are lynchpins of a capitalist art market analogous to other capitalist markets that have been collapsing around us." When Your Land/My Land opens, a portrait of President Obama, as the current representative of all Americans, will hang from the ceiling between the two sides and a portrait of Mitt Romney will sit on the floor. If Obama wins, the position of the two portraits will remain the same. Should Obama be unseated, their positions will be switched. The installation will be customized for each particular museum and attention will be drawn to the role that cultural institutions can play in a democracy. Over the course of the exhibition, some participating venues will offer voter registration and host presidential debate screenings. Visitors may also connect through social media using the hash tag #YLML. Additional participating venues include: Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, MO; Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT; New Museum, New York, NY.
Photo by Thomas Mueller
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Kirk Varnedoe Collection October 27, 2012 – January 20, 2013 / Jepson Center Assembled in honor of the late Savannah native, scholar, and MoMA curator Kirk Varnedoe (19462003), the Kirk Varnedoe Collection contains some of the finest examples of contemporary art in the Telfair’s permanent collection. This remarkable group of works on paper, a perennial favorite among Telfair members and visitors alike, includes pieces by some of the most pivotal artists of the past fifty years. The Varnedoe Collection celebrates the life and legacy of Kirk Varnedoe through the presentation of works on paper created by the contemporary artists he most admired. Varnedoe, a native of Savannah, was a distinguished scholar and chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York between 1988 and 2001. The works in this collection, which are permanent gifts to the Telfair, were donated by twenty-two artists (or their representatives) in Varnedoe’s memory. The wide-ranging taste of Kirk Varnedoe is reflected in the assembled pieces, largely produced during the first decade of the twenty-first century by artists diverse in age, background, and methodology. The Varnedoe Collection includes exemplary works by artists such as Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, Richard Avedon, and many others.
Ed Ruscha; Science, 1991; Acrylic on paper; Image: 25 ¼ x 36 inches; Gift of Ed Ruscha, 2006.21; © Ed Ruscha.
Sponsored by Danyse and Julius Edel.
Mary Telfair and the Grand Tour
Unknown Artist; Magdalene, 17th/18th Century Italian; Oil on canvas; 22 x 22 inches; Bequest of Mary Telfair, 1875.54
November 3, 2012 – April 28, 2013 / Jepson Center In celebration of the Uffizi exhibition, the Telfair will present rarely exhibited works from Mary Telfair’s collection which she acquired primarily in Italy during her travels abroad. Since our country’s earliest days, Americans seeking cultural enlightenment, education, and inspiration have turned to Europe. Like other Americans of means, the Telfairs visited European sites of cultural significance, and the Uffizi Gallery was one of the “must see” stops on their itinerary. Many Americans, Mary Telfair included, also brought back art purchased during their travels. This exhibition will include a variety of works acquired in Rome, Florence and the low countries during the Telfair sisters’ 1842 and 1851 European tours. Among the works included are a portrait miniature of Mary Telfair, several works in the manner of Baroque painter Salvatore Rosa, and portraits of Vittoria della Rovere, the young Grand Duchess of Florence. Sponsored by Danyse and Julius Edel.
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Labor Day Holiday: all sites closed
FOT Fall Lecture: Chinese Export China 10 am, JC
Andrew F. Scott Lecture
Lecture by Mary Whyte
6 pm, JC
6 pm, TA
Working South: Watercolor Portraits by Mary Whyte
10 am, JC
TA, through February 10, 2013
Director’s Circle Preview Dinner
6 pm, JC
Free Week at the Telfair Academy
5:30 pm, Pin Point Heritage Museum
10 am, JC
Lecture by Dan Winters and Members' Opening Reception for Dan Winters's America
6 pm, JC
Savannah Philharmonic performance 7 pm, TA
Dan Winters’s America: Icons and Ingenuity JC, through November 11
Jonathan Horowitz: Your Land/ My Land: Election ’12
Live from Gray’s Reef: Underwater Photographs by Greg McFall
Lectures by glass artists Charlie Miner and Therman Statom
JC, through October 7
6 pm, JC
5:30 pm, V & J Duncan Antique Maps and Books
5:30-7:30 pm, OT
Trends and Tradition Gallery and Shop, through October 14
6 pm, JC
FOT-Floor Cloth unveiling
Melchers’ Society event
FAAA’s Let the Art Speak annual art show reception
Jacob Lawrence Lecture featuring Whitfield Lovell
JC, through April 28, 2013
I Am The Beloved Community: Story Quilts of Our Savannah
5 pm, JC
Reframing the Renaissance I 5:30 pm, JC
Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community Reception
Save the date!
6 pm, JC
The Art of Great Fashion presents Carnevale! January 21, 2013, 6 pm
PULSE Art and Technology Festival January 30–February 4, 2013
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September - October 2012
6 pm, TA
Lecture by Preston Russell
Greening of the Telfair
JC, through April 28, 2013
2 pm, JC
Mary Telfair and the Grand Tour
FOT Fall Lecture: English Porcelain and Pottery 10 am, JC
I Have Marks to Make Opening Reception
I Have Marks to Make
JC, through January 6, 2013
Reframing the Renaissance II
Director's Circle Preview Dinner
5:30 pm, JC
6 pm, JC
Telfair Art Fair Arty Party
Offerings of the Angels Members' Opening Lecture and Reception
6 pm, Telfair Square
6 pm, JC
Telfair Art Fair
Sat 10 am–5 pm / Sun 12–4 pm / Telfair Square
Offerings of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery
10 am, JC
JC, through March 30, 2013
Cool Yule Holiday Celebration-Italian Style!
5:30 pm, JC
10 am–4 pm, all sites
Reframing the Renaissance III
Christmas Holiday: all sites closed
WiBiTAG meeting 5:30 pm, JC
The Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Lecture Series
TA - Telfair Academy OT - Owens-Thomas House JC - Jepson Center
FAAA - Friends of African American Arts FOT- Friends of the Owens-Thomas House Melchers- Gari Melchers Collectors' Society TAG-Telfair Academy Guild WibiTAG-Women in Business in TAG WJS-William Jay Society
6 pm, TA
Savannah Philharmonic performance 5 pm, TA
Thanksgiving Holiday: all sites closed
Events subject to change. Please visit telfair.org/events for the most up to date information.
Reframing the Renaissance IV 5:30 pm, JC
FOT Georgia Country Houses Tour
FAAA meeting 6 pm, JC
Telfair Silent Art Auction February 21, 2013, 6 pm
Pre Ball Lecture"From Giotto's Bell Tower to Brunellishchi's Dome" by Guiliana Castellani Koch February 22, 2013, 10 am
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Telfair Ball–Bella Firenze & Telfair Bash–La Dolce Vita February 23, 2013, Ball-6 pm, Bash-9 pm
November - December 2012
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I Have Marks to Make December 2, 2012 – January 6, 2013 / Jepson Center Telfair Museums’ I Have Marks to Make exhibition marks its 18th year as a celebration of the healing and therapeutic power of art. The exhibition includes art made as personal expression and therapeutic activity by individual artists and individuals participating from a wide range of local organizations. Many works are made during Telfair’s outreach to a variety of local organizations.
Related Program Opening / December 2 , 2 pm Program of poetry and personal stories shared by exhibition participants.
This exhibition and is sponsored by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, St. Joseph's/Candler, and Memorial University Medical Center.
Thank You to Our Exhibition Sponsors You bring our exhibitions to life!
Lead Gift Alice and Bob Jepson
$20,000 - $29,999 Joan and Gary Capen
$50,000 - $100,000 Danyse and Julius Edel
$10,000 - $19,999 Anonymous (2) Mrs. Malcolm Bell, Jr. Inge A. Brasseler Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Brown Glen and Connie Darbyshire Mr. and Mrs. H. Mitchell Dunn Jr. iTech for Business Mr. Ronald A. Kronowitz Ms. Candace Lanier Dr. Richard F. Leighton Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. McWhorter Cheri D. and Benjamin R. Roach Barbara and Mike Ruddy Mrs. Pawling S. Steward Ms. Anne P. West
$30,000 - $49,999 Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson Fred and Malinda Bergen Domenico and Eleanore De Sole Bob and Jean Faircloth Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation Marla and Morris Geffen Frances and John Kane Mrs. Robert O. Levitt Wilson and Linda Fisk Morris Elfrida Barrow Moore Elizabeth and Ted Muller John T. Neises Thomas V. and Susan G. Reilly Mrs. Rosaleen Roxburgh Cathy and Philip Solomons Don and Cindy Waters
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$3,000 - $9,999 Mimi Cay Mr. T. Mills Fleming and Dr. Marianne M. Fleming Nancy and Lawrence Gutstein Mr. and Mrs. Aaron M. Levy Mr. and Mrs. Joel D. Lynch Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Merritt Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Moore Mr. and Mrs. E. Michael Powers Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rabinowitz Jacqueline and Ken Sirlin Mr. Edgar W. Swanson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Tucker Mary and Marty Vernick
Opposite top to bottom: Exhibition installation, Jepson Center, 2012. Preston Russell; Family Reunion, Pembroke, GA , 1976, 2000; Oil on canvas; 35 ¾ x 47 ½ inches; Gift of the artist,2009.15; © Dr. A. Preston Russell. Beth Mount; Everyday Heroes, 2002 [detail] ; Cotton; 88 x 86 inches; On loan from Beth Mount. Sam Gilliam, Jr.; Inlana, c. 1969-71; Acrylic on canvas; 45 x 70 x 2 inches; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome W. Canter, 2006.42; © Sam Gilliam.
Blown, Assembled and Cast: A Celebration of Contemporary Glass Continuing through October 28 / Jepson Center This exhibition is sponsored by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gutstein.
Related Programs Lectures by contemporary glass artists Charlie Miner and Therman Statom October 18, 6 pm / Jepson Center Join renowned glass sculptors for talks on processes used in the creation of their work. Free for members or with museum admission.
Glass Sculpture Workshop with Therman Statom O ctober 18, 4-6 pm / Moses Jackson Advancement Center, for high school students. Free by advance registration only at 912.790.8823.
The Blown Glass Class October 20, 10 am-2 pm/ Drayton Glass Works, 2424 Â˝ Drayton St. Free by advance registration only at 912.790.8823. (See pg 13 for more information.)
Programs are FREE and open to the public, sponsored by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs.
Low Country Memories: Works by Preston Russell Continuing
through March 3, 2013 / Telfair Academy Related Program
Lecture by Preston Russell November 1, 6 pm / Telfair Academy Join the artist for a presentation on his work. Free to members or with museum admission.
Journey to the Beloved Community: Story Quilts by Beth Mount & Quilts from the Telfairâ€™s Collection Continuing through October 14 / Jepson Center
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Collection Currents: Modern and Contemporary Art from Telfair Museums Continuing through November 18 / Jepson Center
LEARN VIEW Telfair membership affords a unique opportunity to enhance your artistic skills against the backdrop of the Telfair's permanent collection and visiting exhibitions, all at a discounted price. Check out 2012 classes at telfair.org or contact Kip Bradley at 912.790.8823 or email@example.com to reserve your space today! All classes are located at the Jepson Center unless otherwise noted.
Adult classes Sketch-Booking is Hip! September 26 –October 24, Wednesdays 12-2 pm Instructor: Kip Bradley Members $95, Non-members $120 The more technology is integrated in to our lives, the cooler low-tech activities like sketch-booking become. It’s time to enjoy the simplicity, the growth, and the delight that comes from sketching. This five-week class will introduce keeping a sketchbook, help get past any hesitation, and assist in developing individual methods. Four different types of sketchbooks will be introduced and explored. Each class will introduce easy exercises that will help find personal sketching style. Learn how to sketch, draw, paint, and collage with a variety of simple techniques. Perfect for the beginner and experienced artist. Materials provided.
Hipster Sketch Time September 26 –October 24, Wednesdays 12-2 pm Instructor: Kip Bradley Members $95, Non-members $120 If you are already a sketcher or have already taken our Sketch Booking is Hip class, join our open sketch time. Explore further the endless possibilities available through sketching. Join our community and ensure that you are setting aside time each week to work in your books. Share books and ideas, work in groups, or find quiet personal moments inside the museum. Materials provided.
The Best of Watercolor October 6, Saturday 10 am–5 pm Instructor: Mary Whyte Members $215, Non-members $245
Painting the Portrait in Watercolor from Photographs October 9 –November 13, Tuesdays 10 am-1 pm Instructor: Rebecca Willis Members $175, Non-members $200 Portrait painting is often viewed by many as intimidating and challenging, but painting the figure can be just as approachable as a still life or landscape, and brings a unique satisfaction. In this workshop, Willis will discuss and demonstrate how to achieve spontaneity, character and life in figure paintings. The artist will share techniques and color properties while emphasizing the importance of shapes and values within paintings. Willis’ desire as an instructor is to help build on core fundamentals of watercolor painting that help establish a new and exciting level with individual skills while having fun at the same time.
Figure Drawing and Painting October 12 - November 16, Fridays 10:30 am–1:30 pm Instructor: Carl Fougerousse Members $175,Non-members $200 While studying the figurative work of Mary Whyte, including her use of color, value, and composition, this class will focus on rendering the figure, using both drawing and painting media. Students will complete detailed studies of portions of the human body, focusing on the anatomy of hands and facial features, in charcoal, graphite, and white conté on gray paper, followed by color studies in either acrylic or oil paint. Attention will be paid to creating a full range of values and mixing naturalistic colors, corresponding to the subject. The class will culminate in a final painting of a costumed model standing in front of a background with strong horizontal elements, similar to many of the compositions created by Mary Whyte.
Join artist Mary Whyte for an intensive one-day watercolor workshop in painting the portrait and figure from life. In this class, Whyte will discuss her approach to creating dynamic compositions, while demonstrating her techniques for painting skin, backgrounds and clothing. The highlight of the day will be Whyte's guided tour of her acclaimed exhibition Working South, with the artist providing insight into the 50 works that were created over a three and a half year period. For students of all levels, don't miss this opportunity to meet and paint with one of the country's leading watercolor artists. A suggested supply list will be sent upon class registration. Lunch is included.
Teen & Adult classes The Blown Glass Class Saturday, October 20, 10 am–2 pm/ Drayton Glass Works, 2424 1/2 Drayton St. Instructor: Jonathan Poirier 1-hr workshop with pre-registration required 912.790.8823. 15 person limit. Take this rare opportunity to find out what it’s like to blow glass. Work with Savannah glass artist Jonathan Poirier at his Drayton Glass studio to create a takehome piece. This one hour class is designed to give beginners an introduction to basic glassblowing and will provide students ample hands-on experience with classic techniques such as shaping glass, and creating basic forms. By the end of the workshop, students will have made paperweights, ornaments and vessels. Free and open to the public thanks to funding provided by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs.
Slump Glass Workshop September 22 & 29, Saturdays 10 am–1 pm Instructor: Kristin Fulford Members $160, Non-members $180 Glass artist Kristin Fulford will offer a two-day, sixhour workshop on warm glass fusing. Students will learn techniques for manipulating color and texture. Particular attention will be paid to casting, using the freeze and fuse method; reactive glass, utilizing heat and chemical reactions to create special effects; and use of frits and powders to create depth and texture. No previous experience in fused glass is necessary. Each student will produce a 4” tile, a bowl or plate, and a small panel.
wcwm? Family Make Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays / 10 am–2 pm
Free to members and visitors with paid admission. Open to adults and children accompanied by an adult caregiver. September Mini Quilt Pictures October Big Watercolors November Stitching Stories December Make Your Own Paint
Youth classes Portfolio Builder: Youth Drawing 1 October 4–November 8, Thursdays 4:30–6 pm Instructor: Marisa Lilje Ages 10 – 14 Members $100, Non-members $125 . This class is designed to help upper-elementary & middle school students improve drawing skills and begin the process of developing a portfolio. In Drawing II, students will focus on the figure, practicing portraiture and sketching from clothed models. Youth Drawing is a great class for students to develop their art portfolios. New students welcome! All materials provided.
Toddler 3rd Thursdays Jepson Center / 10–11:30 am
Ages 3–5 and parents Admission is $5 per child, $12 per adult. Museum member adults are free. Registration is required. To register, please contact Kip Bradley at 912.790.8823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored in part by JCB, Inc. September Fashion Photography October Advanced Watercolor Techniques for Tots November Stitching Stories
The Next Level: Watercolor for Kids October 9 - November 13, Tuesdays 4:30– 6 pm Instructor: Atsuko Smith Ages: 6-10 Members $100, Non-members $125 Parents and kids love watercolor! In this class, take it to the next level by learning best practices and a wide range of possibilities in water based media. Students will explore a variety of techniques, such as how to stretch paper, paint washes, mix color, and more. Students will work from direct observation sketching landscape, figures, abstract mood painting, and oriental ink paintings.
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18th Annual Telfair Art Fair November 10 –11, 2012 / Telfair Square to Ellis Square Opening Night Preview November 9 / Telfair Square This open-air styled event in the heart of historic downtown Savannah will feature 120 local and national artists around Telfair Square extending to Ellis Square. The Telfair Art Fair is free and open to the public on Saturday, November 10, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, November 11, from noon to 4 pm. Attracting thousands of tourists, area residents and families, the event features a variety of original art for sale in a broad range of prices and media—offering something to suit every taste and budget. Participating artists are eligible for judging and have an opportunity to win one of the prestigious Carolyn Luck Awards. Visiting Art Fair judge Cynthia Prost, Director of the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, will choose the winning recipients of $10,000 in prizes, including the $5,000 Best of Show award. Help us kick-off this fabulous weekend at the Arty Party, the preview bash for museum members, on Friday, November 9. This highly-anticipated event allows members an exclusive opportunity to preview and purchase the featured art and meet participating artists at a chic cocktail reception. If you are not already a member of Telfair Museums, this is a great opportunity to join. Proceeds from the Telfair Art Fair benefit Telfair Museums’ educational programs, exhibitions, and acquisitions. Plan now to join us throughout a fabulous weekend featuring great art, great friends, and great entertainment! For more information or to purchase Arty Party tickets call Jessica Denmark at 912.790.8870 or visit telfair.org. THANK YOU TO OUR 2012 ARTY PARTY PATRONS! PRESENTING SPONSOR Carolyn M. Luck
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Live from Gray’s Reef: Underwater Photographs by Greg McFall September 18–October 7, 2012 / Jepson Center In conjunction with the 10th annual Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival, Telfair Museums will present the exhibition Live from Gray’s Reef: Underwater Photographs by Greg McFall, on view at the Jepson Center from September 18 through October 7. These photographs, taken by Gray’s Reef Sanctuary Assistant Superintendent Greg McFall, showcase the stunning variety of underwater creatures that make their homes in the waters off Georgia’s coast. Telfair Museums is pleased to partner with the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary to present two exciting events related to the 10th annual Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival. The festival will kick off at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 20, with a screening of the film Turtle: The Incredible Journey at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center. Following the film, which tells the story of a young loggerhead turtle following the path of her ancestors, the fate of loggerhead turtles in the southeast will be discussed by Frank Gromling (publisher and author, Ocean Publishing) and Kris Williams (director, Caretta Sea Turtle Research Project). A full slate of programs, including films, photography and a book signing, is planned for the remainder of the festival. Highlights include a presentation by National Geographic Society film producer Andy Mitchell, a keynote presentation by ocean advocate and explorer JeanMichel Cousteau, and the awarding of the Dr. Robert O. Levitt Award for Emerging Filmmakers for an original environmental documentary. Programs will be held from September 20 through September 23, and details can be found online at graysreef.noaa.gov. Both events are possible through the generous support of Mrs. Robert O. Levitt.
Greg Mcfall. Soft Colra Curtain
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Featuring Artist Whitfield Lovell October 25, 2012, 6 pm /
The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture Series was established in 2007. It presents programs by noted scholars of African American art as well as distinguished African American artists. Past programs include a lecture entitled “The New Black Portraiture” by Dr. Richard Powell of Duke University (2007); a talk by artist Richard Mayhew, in conjunction with an exhibition of his work at the Telfair’s Jepson Center (2008); and a presentation on club photography by art historian Krista A. Thompson (2009). Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation.
Let the Arts Speak The Friends of African American Arts (FAAA), a member group of Telfair Museums, will host its 4th annual juried art exhibition, Let the Arts Speak, from September 23 to October 14, 2012, at Trends and Traditions of Ardsley Park. The event will showcase the significance, wealth, and variety of works featuring African American subject matter inspired by the exhibition title. FAAA will host an opening reception on Sunday, September 23, from 3-5 pm at Trends and Traditions of Ardsley Park, located at 5401 Waters Avenue, in Savannah. Works will be on display and available for purchase. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will be on view September 23 through October 14, 2012. Trends and Traditions is open, 9:30 am–6 pm, Monday–Friday, and Saturdays, 10 am–5 pm. For more information please contact Jessica Denmark at 912.790.8879 or email@example.com.
The Charles J. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Lecture Series: New York and the Telfair
November 15, 2012 / Telfair Academy Last June, Curator Tania Sammons attended an Attingham Study Program, New York and the Hudson River Valley, which gave her special access to 42 historic house museums, art museums, private homes, and other historic properties and sites. Sammons will share highlights from the trip with an emphasis on New York/Telfair connections. As the inaugural lecture for the Charles J. Johnson, Jr., Memorial Lecture Series, “New York and the Telfair” will serve as a preview of the Museums’ upcoming exhibition of the same title, which will open in the summer of 2013. Johnson’s love of the Telfair inspired him, and his wife Chris, to support the museum in a variety of ways. In addition to authoring Mary Telfair: The Life and Legacy of a Nineteenth-Century Woman, Charlie Johnson volunteered as a docent, and most recently took up acting to play various parts in living history programs at the Owens-Thomas House. He and Chris were also members of many Telfair member groups, including inaugural members of the Mary Telfair Legacy Society and the Melchers’ Society. Ther will be a reception immediately following the lecture.
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Whitfield Lovell; Autour Du Monde, 2008; conte crayon on wood panels with globes; 102 x 189 x 171 inches; Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery.
The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture Series:
Friends of the Owens-Thomas House Fall Lecture Series Monday, October 1, 10 am, 2012 Chinese Export China Monday, November 5, 10 am, 2012 English Porcelain and Pottery Join ceramics expert Rebecca Moore for intimate, behind-the-scenes and hands-on talks about Telfair Museums’ collection of Chinese export china and English porcelain and pottery. Meet at the Owens-Thomas House carriage house for a short power point presentation, then proceed into the house and behind the stanchions to view representational collection pieces. Lectures are limited to 16 participants. Cost: $20 for FOT members, $25 for non-members. Call Cyndi Sommers, 912.790.8880, for information and reservations.
Georgia Country Houses Tour November 28-30, 2012 Join Friends of the Owens-Thomas House as they travel to central Georgia on a fall trip via motor coach to visit 19th century houses where, in the past, residents of the low country sought relief from the sultry summer weather. Visit Milledgeville and tour Andalusia, Savannah native Flannery O’Connor’s last home. After a picnic lunch on the porch, see the newly renovated Old Governor’s Mansion for a behind-thescenes tour. Stay two nights in the luxurious James Madison Inn in historic Madison, voted the prettiest small town in Georgia. See the Clarkesville homes, Woodlands and Blythewood (c.1850) originally owned by George Jones Kollock and Mary Helen Johnston, and return to spend an afternoon in Madison. On the last morning, visit four private homes on Madison’s Holiday Tour of Homes and return to Savannah after lunch. Space is limited to 20 participants. Deadline is September 25 for reservations and full payment. Call Cyndi Sommers, 912.790.8880, for information and reservations.
Preservation work in progress for Owens Thomas House This summer, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Owens-Thomas House, repair work is being done by the Coastal Heritage Society to the Owens-Thomas House stucco and hyphen window. The existing stucco is a wonderful patchwork of repairs since the home’s construction in 1819 and, for the technically inclined preservationist, it’s an informative escapade into how approaches and philosophies for these repairs have changed over time. With careful material selection, application and color matching, these new repairs will tell the story of sensitive workmanship in the future. Repair work has revealed the interesting blend of cut coquina stone, brick and slate that original masons constructed to support the jack arches over the windows and the cornice structure. The hyphen window suffers from cruel exposure to the elements and water intrusion. Replacing an earlier repair on the bottom rail and a portion of the stiles with a superior wood and re-caulking all the surrounding materials will ensure the window will brave the elements for many years to come.
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Cool Yule December 8, 10 am–4
pm & 9, 12 am–4 pm / Jepson Center, Telfair Academy, Owens-Thomas House
Get an early start on your holiday shopping and enjoy a special discount* on your entire purchase: 20%- members, 10% -non-members. Don’t miss the return of Telfair’s holiday trunk show, open on Saturday only at the Jepson Center. Showcasing the exceptional wares of artists from throughout the region, this unique shopping experience features ornaments and cards, handcrafted art, and one-of-a kind gift items.
Children’s activities will be available Saturday only at the Jepson Center in the What Can We Make? studio. For children who have shopping of their own to do, staff will be on hand to help them find perfect gifts for family and friends, and wrap them at the gift-wrapping station. Complete the day with lunch at Café Zeum and indulge in its signature Christmas sweets and treats. *Excludes consignment items
Adopt a Uffizi Painting Telfair Museums is offering a special fundraising opportunity as it prepares for the upcoming exhibition, Offering of the Angels. Individuals are invited to support Telfair Museums by 'adopting' a painting from the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, Italy, for the duration of the exhibition. The 43 original paintings and 2 tapestries in the exhibition may be adopted on a first come, first served basis for $1000. When you adopt a painting, a label, including your name and any other designation you would like, will be displayed with the art work you have chosen. Telfair Museums will host a private reception and viewing of the show on Monday, December 10, 2012 to thank and honor our adoptive parents and their families. Adoptions must be made before September 30, 2012. Learn more at telfair.org/upcomingexhibitions. For more information contact Catherine Renner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 790.8844. Workshop of Titian; The Madonna and Child with Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1550–1560; Oil on canvas.
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1 Renaissance glass ornaments, assorted $3.50-5.95
6 The Amazing Book of Popup Inventions $17.99
2 Glass balls inspired by the rich colors of the Italian Renaissance hand blown in Savannah by Drayton Glass Works. Prices vary.
7 Colorful reusable sticker book $6.95
3 Uffizi Exhibition Catalog $39.95
9 Graceful angel bird feeder, 19 inches $62
4 Great holiday card selection starting at $10.95 5 NEW! Women Of The Telfair boxed note cards. $10.95 Check out other new items inspired by our favorite masterpieces at the Telfair Academy.
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8 A ssorted memory games-perfect stocking stuffers $13.95
10 E xclusively crafted for the Uffizi Exhibition by metal smith Carla-Mae Crookendaleâ€“sterling silver jewelry. Prices vary. 11 Dan Winters's America Exhibition Catalogue $39.95
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on panel; 2008; watercolor on paper. Page 1: Lisa Grove with Telfair Museums' George Bellows 'Snow-Capped River', 1911, on display at the National Gallery of Art. Photo by Neil Greentree. Telfair Magazine is designed by Holly Akkerman.