Savannah’s top 19th-century art museum is housed in an appropriately elegant Regency-style mansion completed in 1819 for Alexander Telfair, son of Revolutionary War hero and Georgia governor Edward Telfair. Today its period rooms contain a selection of 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, including an especially good collection of American Impressionism and Ashcan School Realism. Works by Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, George Bellows, and George Luks are usually on display. One of the most popular paintings, however, is the monumental (and highly romanticized) Black Prince at Crecy by English-born portrait painter Julian Russell Story. The Telfair also owns the largest public collection of visual art by Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran (best known as author of The Prophet), as well as Sylvia Shaw Judson’s sculpture Bird Girl, which appeared on the original cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (it was relocated here from Bonaventure Cemetery). In 2006, the adjoining Jepson Center for the Arts opened at 207 W. York St. ([tel] 912/790-8800). This stylish modern building, designed by Moshe Safdie, showcases major traveling exhibitions of contemporary art as well as installations of works from the Telfair’s permanent collection. Exhibits change, but you are likely to see work by Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella.
- Frommer's Staff