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Interior photographs of Lorlee and Arnold Tenenbaum’s residence on Bull Street in Savannah.  Photograph courtesy of Richard Leo Johnson for Savannah Magazine (January 2018).

Bold Expressions: The Collection of Lorlee & Arnold Tenenbaum

Telfair Museums / March 10 - July 9, 2023


Bold Expressions: The Collection of Lorlee and Arnold Tenenbaum celebrates collecting and living with original works of art through a presentation of the collection of the late Lorlee and Arnold Tenenbaum. Remembered for their business acumen, love of community, and generous philanthropic efforts, the Tenenbaums were deeply invested in art and education, which extended to their colossal efforts to raise funds to construct Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center.

The Tenenbaum collection defies categorization―crossing borders, time periods, styles, techniques, and mediums. Showcasing prints, paintings, drawings, and ceramics by artists such as Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, Andy Warhol, Fritz Scholder, and Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith, the exhibition is at once a portrait of the individual and wide-ranging tastes of one couple, but also an exploration into what it means to love art and express oneself boldly and unabashedly through collecting. In addition to enjoying the variety of work and finding their favorites, visitors are encouraged to ponder the concept of collecting and displaying art in various domestic and museum settings—perhaps inspiring their own discovery of new artists. Ultimately, Bold Expressions honors the artists who enhance our lives and the local collectors whose passions support art and its makers.