Book lovers will delight in the Summon the Sea! exhibit at The Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center in downtown Savannah.
Opening October 11, the exhibit is slated to feature multidisciplinary works from six leading contemporary artists that respond to, challenge or celebrate Herman Melville’s literary classic Moby-Dick.
Representatives of The Telfair call it a fitting way to mark the bicentennial of the renowned Romanticist’s birth, drawing connections between Melville’s “prophetic” writing and visual art.
Most notable is that of midcentury master Frank Stella, whose colorful paintings, prints and sculpture helped define the creative direction of the 1960s. Significantly, Stella spent 12 years exploring Moby-Dick‘s allegories through a series of sculptures, relief paintings and prints in the early 1990s–18 of which are on view for this show.
Viewers also will see works captured along Alaska’s Aleutian Islands by Portland-based photographer Corey Arnold, along with video artist Guy Ben-Ner and others. But perhaps most memorable is “Mocha Dick,” a 52-foot-long, surrealistic sculpture fashioned from wool felt by Philadelphia-based multidisciplinary artist Tristin Lowe.
The first portion of the exhibition opens at the Jepson Center’s Levitt and Varnedoe Galleries on October 11; the second portion opens in the Steward South and Kane Galleries on November 1. The complementary installations will remain on view through January 26 and February 16, respectively.
Visit telfair.org for exhibition duration dates and details.