I recently visited the Jepson Center and Telfair Museums and would like to share it with you.
We started out at Moshe Sofdie’s sleek modern, yet contextual, Jepson Center. It is a glorious work of architecture with its glass and stone column facade embracing the live oaks of Telfair Square. From both the square and the interior one can experience both, and it is a lively connection.
The excitement of the architecture dominated most of the art that may have been seen there that day– some elaborate silver decorative arts, a bit of contemporary art, and mostly photography. The most memorable was an amazing portrait of Laura Dern in old Hollywood style by Dan Winters. For me, the way the light patterns cross the curved stone walls, glass bridges and elaborate grand staircase are enough to require a visit.
The old Telfair Academy building is one of the worlds great small museums. Built in 1819 by English Regency architect William Jay, here again, the architecture is so noteworthy, it could dominate the art. But here is a museum with a great collection of oil paintings from many periods, as well as historic rooms from the original home for which it was built.
For the small city of Savannah, these are unlikely but real museum gems well worth your time.