The W.w. law art collection
June 1, 2020 - January 30, 2021
Westley Wallace “W. W.” Law (1923-2002) was a prominent Civil Rights leader, local historian, historic preservationist, and community leader in Savannah, Georgia. After a forty-year career as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service and twenty-six years as President of the Savannah Chapter of the NAACP, Law turned his focus and efforts to preserving Savannah’s African American community through its history, architectural and cultural landmarks, and art. He established the Savannah-Yamacraw Branch of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH), the King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, Beach Institute African American Cultural Center, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and the Negro Heritage Trail Tour.
Through the King-Tisdell Cottage and the Beach Institute, W. W. Law featured the work of emerging African American artists, as well as works featuring local Savannah scenes. His personal collection of original artwork and prints (including those featured here) reflects these efforts, as well as the personal friendships that came about from them.
The Greatest story ever told
March 1, 2020 - June 15, 2020
The Easter Pageant: The Greatest Story Ever told. This exhibit showcases the passion and gripping spirituality of this ancient story of Christ’s life and suffering through Rudolph Valentino Bostic’s colorful, energetic and compelling paintings.
Contemporary African-American Art from the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Permanent Collection
February 5th thru April 30th
Artsits: William Tolliver, Luther Vann and more. These legendary African-American expressionist artists have gifted the foundation with exceptional works that will leave you in awe. In honor of Black History Month The Beach Institute is opening our treasure trove to the world. Come and see some of the most profound contemporary art in our permanent collections.
2nd Floor Classroom Gallery
Permanent Collection Exhibitions
The Treasure of Ulysses Davis
American Folk Artist | Wood Carving
Davis began sculpting as a boy—whittling was his word for it. Davis always referred to himself as a whittler, never as a sculptor or artist. “I am not an artist,” he would say, “because I can’t draw.” A modest statement from a modest man who qualifies as a whittler, as an artist, and as a sculptor. Seeing his work is the best evidence. The Davis Collection, is housed in the John B. and Mozelle D. Clemmons Galleries at the Beach Institute African American Cultural Center. The collection, consisting of 238 sculptures, is the work of a man who was a genius with wood sculpture and design. Self-taught, he learned to master the tools of his trade. His background as a railroad blacksmith's assistant enabled him to make many of the tools he later used in woodcarving. A modest man, he had called himself simply a whittler, one who carves sticks and wood. But he was a brilliant sculptor, an artist of the first degree.
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31st Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival Exhibition
February 2, 2020 - May 30, 2020
The National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU) is a flourishing arts organization by name and service. It is the second-largest, and perhaps the most active African American arts organization in the United States. The overwhelming number of artists within the organization are either working at or have taught or studied in art departments and programs at historically black colleges and universities in America.
Visit us at the Beach Institute to enjoy their exhibit, curated by Dr. Peggy Blood from Savannah State University in partnership with The Black Heritage Festival.
fOLK ART IN THE 21ST CENTURY
May 31 - March 15
Folk art in the twenty-first century continues to stay on message: art must be comprehensible and must convey meaning to the viewing public.
The new century has introduced a second generation of folk artists who have lost their sense of isolation so prevalent among the now famous, former generation.
These new young artists, immersed in an electronically connected world, are rendering more complex messages about everyday life,, religious beliefs and the increasing anxieties afflicting modern man.
See for yourself!
Second floor gallery
Africa and Its Gullah Geechee Connections
November 10 - January 20, 2019
This exhibit showcases the personal collection of Willis Hakim Jones, a local historian and collector of Gullah Geechee artifacts and memorabilia, and features works by Gullah Geechee artists Jerydine Bennet Taylor and Aleathia Chisolm. The Beach Institute is proud to celebrate the cultural and historical nexus between Africa and Gullah Geechee culture through this impressive collection of cultural artifacts, photographs, books, art and memorabilia. The exhibition will open on November 10, 2019 and run through January 2020. The Reception will be held at the Beach Institute at 4:00pm on November 10.
The Gullah Geechee people are denoted as descendants of Africans who were enslaved on the rice, indigo and cotton plantations along the Sea Islands of the lower Atlantic Coast. Their geographic isolation enabled them to develop a unique culture that retained much of their African roots. The Gullah Geechee community to this day has distinct language, food ways, music and art which links directly to the trans-Atlantic movement of captive Africans from Sierra Leone, the Senegambia area, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and other West African countries.
Closed for the following Holidays: New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day (Day after New Year’s Day) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day St. Patrick’s Day Observance July 4th Labor Day Thanksgiving Day After Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Christmas Day Closed to the Public when Private Events are held at either museum. Closed when severe weather conditions occurs (T-Storms ,etc are indicate by the national weather systems as a severe warning). Closed when events are held in the City of Savannah or City Limits that required streets closing (marathons, parades and so on). Mobility Access: All galleries at the Beach Institute are wheelchair accessible. Accessible Entrance and Parking: The wheelchair entrance is located in the garden entrance of the Beach Institute from Price Street Lane. There are accessible parking spaces immediately outside the wheelchair entrance located directly behind the museum on the Price Street Lane. An elevator provides access to the upstairs galleries. Accessible Programs: The museums offer programs by appointment for audiences with special needs. Each year, the museums schedule visits for non-profit organizations serving senior and individuals with disabilities. For more information or to request a visit, please call 912.335.8868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Sketching: Sketching is permitted in the galleries (pencil only, no ink or paint) with sketchbooks no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm). No easels, stools, or sketching while sitting on the floor is permitted. If galleries are crowded, staff may ask visitors to stop sketching or writing. Photography for Studio Projects or Class Assignments: All Visitors must obtain and signs a onetime image-usage permission form from museum staff. And visitors must also provide museum staff with official documentation concerning the Studio Project or Class Assignment while visiting the museums. Still photography and video taken from a handheld device are permitted for personal, noncommercial use. The camera must be at least three (3) feet from the work of art. Flash photography, tripods, additional lights and extension cords are not allowed. Additional Guidelines: • No Touching. Visitors must at all times remain at least two feet away from all artworks and must not touch any paintings, sculptures, books, foyer furniture, or displays. • No Photographs. Visitors are not permitted to take any photographs inside the Museums at any time for any reason. This includes cell phone cameras and video recording devices of any kind. • No Food or Beverage. No food or beverages are permitted inside the Museums. • No Smoking. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the Museums or immediately outside the entrance. • No Firearms. Firearms are not permitted in the Museums. • No Pets. Pets are not permitted in the Museum, except service dogs for the disabled. • No Cellular Phones. All cellular phones and other electric devices must be turned off or put on vibrate before touring the museums. • Strollers: Baby strollers are welcome. • Children. All children must be supervised at all times by their accompanying adults. (Due to the fragile nature of the collection and the intimate environment in the galleries, children under the age of 8 must be supervised at all time while inside of the museums, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by at least one adult for every four children).
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