Telfair Museums Offers New Exhibitions


Lila Miller, Co-Editor-in-Chief

While the world waits for COVID-19 vaccinations and the pollen to clear the air, Telfair Museums has a number of intriguing art exhibitions to venture into safely. The exhibitions range across from Telfair’s two out of three museum sites and offer exhibitions of interest in many areas. 

All of the current exhibitions include include “Vehicles of Change”, “Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage”, “David Gumbs: From Dust to Gold”, “Progressive Regression: Examination of a 19th Century Museum”, “Youthful Adventures: Growing up in Photography”, “Savannah Scenes”, “Before Midnight: Bonaventure and the Bird Girl”, “Katherine Sandoz: katniss”, “Late Afternoon near the Academy” and “Mansion to Museum”. 

The “Vehicles of Change” exhibition is available for viewing from Feb. 27- August 22, 2021 at the Jepson Center. The exhibition shines a light on the impact of automobility in America throughout the 20th century.

“During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, buses and cars were used to combat systematic racism and segregation enforced by Jim Crow….Moreover, the modification of American landscapes—with drive-ins, parking lots, and highways—created new spaces and possibilities for leisure, consumption, and self-expression,” wrote Assistant Curator Anne-Solene Bayan

“Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage” explores famous artists and how they have also contributed to the world of theatre. Primarily known as visual artists, the artists featured include Pablo Picasso, Natalia Gontcharova, Henri Matisse, Alexandra Exter, Joan Miró, Louise Nevelson, David Hockney, and others.

The works are brought to the Jepson Center from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts at the McNay Art Museum located in San Antonio, TX. The exhibition is on view from Feb. 19- May 31, 2021. 

“David Gumbs: From Dust to Gold” is an interactive installation exhibition. It is Gumbs’ first solo U.S. exhibition and shows digital screens that viewers can interact with. He is mostly concerned with making art that shows “the offscreen of perception, the cycle of life, the visible and invisible.” The exhibition is ongoing at the Jepson Center. 

The Telfair Academy and Jepson Center are located in downtown Savannah and open from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday- Monday. The Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters is open from the same hours but under guided tours only. Student admission is $15 and includes entry to all three of the Telfair Museum sites. For more information visit their website at or call (912) 790-8800.