It’s hard to overlook the Savannah College of Art and Design in the lovely Georgia town filled with antebellum architecture. The omnipresent school occupies numerous historic buildings scattered throughout the city center, repurposing them without altering their character.
On Oct. 29, SCAD will reopen its expanded and reconfigured Museum of Art. Designed by Savannah architect and SCAD professor Christian Sottile, noted for his extensive work in historic districts, the expansion incorporates the landmark 1853 Central of Georgia Railway depot and adds 65,000 square feet of new space. With a new emphasis on its role as a teaching museum, the museum’s 82,000 square feet are now equally divided between exhibition spaces and classrooms.
New galleries include the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies, which will have a selection of some 35 works ranging from the Hudson River School to the Harlem Renaissance and later 20th-century works. The André Leon Talley Gallery, named for the dapper Vogue contributing editor and former “America’s Next Top Model” judge, who is also a SCAD trustee, will feature the school’s costume and haute couture collections. Tonight, the school is hosting a talk between the North Carolina-born Talley and L.A. artist Kehinde Wiley, whose exhibition inaugurates the building, along with those by Bill Viola, Liza Lou and Kendall Buster.
Above, Nick Cave projection. Photo John McKinnon.