Published on the occasion of the retrospective Suzanne Jackson: Five Decades, on view through October 13 at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, the accompanying catalogue surveying Jackson’s life and artistic career will be released September 26, 2019. The exhibition and catalogue explore Jackson’s output over more than 50 years, highlighting her visual art as well as her relationship with other art forms, including poetry, costume design, and dance. The Five Decades: Closing Tour & Book Signing will be held from 3-5pm on Sunday, October 13. The Jepson Center Tour is free for museum members and the book signing is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.
In addition to new photos and archival images, the catalogue includes original writing on Jackson’s work by several artists and scholars, including a foreword by noted artist Betye Saar. The perspectives touch on Jackson’s art in relation to topics such as the creative process, feminism, ecology, and literature, as well as how living in Savannah has shaped her late-career output. Contributor include Dr. Melanee C. Harvey, julia elizabeth neal, Aberjhani Dr. Tiffany E. Barber, and Telfair curator Rachel Reese.
Five Decades, the first full-career retrospective of Jackson as an artist, has illuminated her life and work to inspire new generations of artists, thinkers, and doers—and shown how one individual’s singular contributions can enhance a collective culture.