Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art

Now – Feb 19, 2023

'Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art' is a group exhibition bringing together an international collection of artists who have disrupted or extended the traditional presentation of still lifes. The artists have appropriated the genre in order to create works within a framework of Black diasporic identities, histories, and collective experiences. Their works are expressed through various mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, performance, and installation. Many of the artists are primarily known for portraiture, making these still lifes compelling outliers in their practices. A central discourse in this exhibition considers Blackness in relation to the existential question, “How does an artist create work about the body without the body being present?” resulting in political, historical, and art historical interventions. 'Elegies' is a thematic exhibition that presents two parallel narratives: one is an art historical examination of still life, and the other is how that history is connected to Black figuration.


Jepson Center

207 W York St
Savannah, GA 31401

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