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Contemporary Artists in Focus Week
Kojo Griffin, Untitled, 2000; oil, acrylic, mixed media on wood panel, 60 x 48 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Purchase made possible by a gift from Jo and Bob Loyd, 2001.4, photo: Dan Wayne.


SAVANNAH, GA.- Telfair Museum of Art presents Contemporary Artists in Focus Week. Inspired by the exhibition A Consuming Vision: Selections from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Telfair presents activities and lectures for visitors of all ages. A unique opportunity to interact with major contemporary artists! Renowned Georgia-based artist Kojo Griffin invites the public, including school groups, to watch him work on a large-scale drawing in the Jepson Center for the Arts, Eckburg Atrium. He will create the 12-foot drawing on a large freestanding wall on-site April 6th – 10th, and the completed work will be on view in the atrium through the 12th, and in the Morrison Community Gallery through the end of April.

Griffin has a background in psychology which provides a basis for his examinations of human behavior through art - psychological dramas played out by compelling cartoon-like figures. In a daring move, Griffin has recently undertaken a major stylistic shift, which he will discuss with longtime Atlanta-based artist and lecturer Charles H. Nelson at their April 9th evening lecture.

Griffin will also present an afternoon drawing workshop for high school students. Students are invited to come and talk with Griffin about his wall drawing project, and will then be led in a communal drawing activity in the museum’s studios. These works will be on display in the Morrison Community Gallery. Interested school groups should call 790-8827 to make a reservation.

The Telfair is also pleased to welcome one of the country’s foremost sculptors, Chakaia Booker. Booker, fresh from a one-woman show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington , is well-known for transforming the lowly rubber tire into powerful sculptures in works that recall the human figure or mask-like forms, as well as large-scale outdoor abstractions.

She will take part in a discussion with high school students at the Jepson Center (11 am, April 12th), and will present an evening lecture and conversation (7 pm) with Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art acting curator Christopher Cook.

Booker’s work has been shown at major museums, including the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this talk, Booker will provide an overview of the development of her work followed by conversation and questions from the audience, facilitated by Cook.





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