Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Telfair Museums to Join in Celebration of International Museum Day on May 18, 2010

At the Telfair, Museum Day guests will enjoy a reduced price of $10 each for Telfair Passes—a $5 discount off the regular price of $15. The Telfair Pass is valid for a one-time visit to each of the museum’s three venues—the Telfair Academy, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Jepson Center.

“In support of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Telfair is honored to participate in Museum Day and to show our solidarity with museums across the continent,” said the Telfair’s director, Steven High. “We encourage visitors to take advantage of this special opportunity to visit Telfair Museums’ three unique sites at a substantial discount and experience our exciting exhibitions and cultural offerings.”

At the Telfair Academy, visitors may view The Story of Silver in Savannah: Creating and Collecting since the 18th Century—which includes more than 600 pieces of American and European-made silver connected to the city—as well as selections from the museum’s permanent collection on display in the Rotunda and the Sculpture Gallery. Installations from the multi-site silver show are also on view at the Jepson Center and the Owens-Thomas House. Current exhibitions at the Jepson Center include Philip Perkis: Fifty Years of Photographs andSoldier Portraits: Contemporary Wet Plate Collodion Photographs by Ellen Susan. Visitors to the Owens-Thomas House, one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the U.S., are invited to take a guided tour of this historic house museum and rare intact urban slave quarters located on its grounds.

AAMD member museums—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—include smaller regional museums as well as large international institutions. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

“We believe that art museums are crucial to our understanding of world history and cultures, and provide a unique and irreplaceable public service,” said Michael Conforti, president of AAMD and director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. “AAMD is committed to exploring new ways to underscore the value of the visual arts in civic society, and we are excited that Telfair Museums is joining with us and the global community of museums to focus on this message of public service.”

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