Fall 2023 exhibitions

Fall 2023 exhibitions

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

September 19, 2023
Fall 2023 exhibitions
SCAD Museum of Art
601 Turner Blvd
Savannah, Georgia 31401
United States

The SCAD Museum of Art, a premier contemporary art museum, connects students and local communities with internationally celebrated artists through dynamic exhibitions and events.

Immersing audiences in unique creative experiences, the acclaimed SCAD Museum of Art introduces a new season of culturally resonant exhibitions by world-renowned and rising artists. The museum’s fall presentations unite compelling works—spanning diverse mediums and approaches—that engage the complexities of identity and the human potential for transformation, triumph, and delight.

SCAD MOA proudly welcomes ascendent artist Tyler Mitchell who presents his most ambitious exhibition to date, and first solo museum show in his home state of Georgia—a sinuous installation of photographs and sculptures delving into the domestic imaginary. In her exhibition of large-format collage works on the scale of history painting, this year’s Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Lecturer Nina Chanel Abney examines Black queerness and masculine-of-center womanhood through coming-of-age narratives. Iconic artist Erwin Wurm’s sublime, viewer-activated exhibition surveys both his practice at large and his connection to fashion, while influential painter Yu Hong captivates audiences in epic works and small studies referencing canonical art history infused with her memories and contemporary experiences of a shifting Chinese culture.

In a unifying gesture, multidisciplinary artist Nevin Aladağ’s expressive site-specific commission explores the hybridity of belonging. Embracing digital aesthetics and technologies, artist and game developer Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley provokes a more conscious perception of the Black trans experience. Leading artist M. Florine Démosthène commingles aesthetic and spiritual influences in a new body of cosmological mixed-media works and experimental sculpture, while emerging photographer and SCAD alum Xiwen Zhu seeks hidden meanings, mining the darkness of modern society for dreamlike glimmers.

“SCAD offers students and our hometowns four of the finest teaching museums in the world, and this fall’s exhibitions at the SCAD Museum of Art prove that claim in plenitude,” says SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace. “Visitors will luxuriate in the playful whimsy of Erwin Wurm’s sculptures, reflect on gender and politics in Nina Chanel Abney’s collage works, and find truth and power in the photography of Tyler Mitchell, the first Black photographer to lens a cover of Vogue. The SCAD Museum of Art reifies the museum of the future, and the best part is you can see it all right now.”

The depth and relevance of the museum’s new fall exhibitions reflect SCAD’s top-ranked degree programs—from painting, photography, and sculpture to fashion, fibers, industrial design, interactive design and game development, and visual effects. Students, alumni, and museum visitors can engage with the artists at complementary programming, including the annual Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Lecture. An opening celebration takes place this Thursday, September 21, 6pm, at SCAD MOA, 601 Turner Blvd., Savannah, Georgia. 

“We’re so excited to share this premier group of exhibitions with guests of the SCAD Museum of Art,” says chief curator of SCAD MOA Daniel S. Palmer. “This season has something for everyone and a visit is sure to be a meaningful experience, with nine new exhibitions by the world’s most important contemporary artists and the debut of new artworks in all media that are sure to impress.”

For more information, visit scadmoa.org.

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