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Posted on: February 14, 2017

Wundercamera: Savannah Explores the World of Museums

Wundercamera: Savannah is a site-specific exhibition that brings together works by contemporary photographers exploring the world of museums—including museums of natural history, historic houses, and fine and decorative arts institutions. The exhibition will be on view at the Jepson Center February 17 – May 14, 2017.

Exploring the often funny, strange, and intimate relationships between audiences and art, the works in Wundercamera: Savannah focus on different aspects of museum and gallery culture, all interpreted through the lenses of contemporary photographers. By presenting museum spaces as artistic subjects in their own right, Wundercamera: Savannah urges individuals to see these spaces with new eyes, morphing visitors into part of the art, and capturing that transformative moment when art and viewer intersect.

Curated by German-born, London-based photographer Klaus Wehner (aka Museum Clausum), Wundercamera debuted at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery and House, followed by the Manchester Metropolitan University’s Holden Gallery, both in 2014, and was supported by Arts Council England. Wundercamera: Savannah will extend the exhibition’s conversation through newly commissioned site-specific photos of Telfair Museums taken by Wehner and incorporated into the installation.

“Wundercamera: Savannah will urge our audiences to see these museum spaces with new eyes, transforming visitors into part of the art, and capturing that moment when art and viewer intersect,” said Lisa Grove, Director and CEO of Telfair Museums.
Funding is provided by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

RELATED PROGRAMS
Wundercamera Opening Lecture and Reception
Thursday, February 16, 6pm
Members free / non-members $5
For tickets, register in advance at telfair.org/wundercamera

Join London-based artist and curator Klaus Wehner for an illuminating discussion of Wundercamera: Savannah. Using mediums of photography and video, Wehner’s work has focused on museums for a number of years, exploring our dynamic relationships to art objects and the power of museums to inform our awareness and culture. Under the pseudonym Museum Clausum—which translates to “enclosed” or “sealed” museum, adopted from Sir Thomas Browne’s 17th-century pamphlet Musæum Clausum, which presented a fictional collection of fantasized objects—Wehner’s exhibitions often reflect on the questionable artificiality of museum exhibits, as well as on the culture of exhibiting, by putting museums themselves on display. Wehner holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (2012) and has exhibited internationally.
About Telfair Museums:
Opened in 1886, Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South and features a world-class art collection in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District. The museum encompasses three sites: the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Telfair Academy. For more information, call 912-790-8800 or visit www.telfair.org.

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