26 - Rachel Reese—Making Connections through Curatorial Practice / by Vivian Liddell

Rachel Reese and Vivian Liddell

Rachel Reese and Vivian Liddell

Peachy Keen spent the morning at home talking art over coffee and pound cake with visiting curator, Rachel Reese. The kind of person that graduates from college ahead of schedule (3 ½ years, y’all!), Reese amassed an impressive resume of arts-related positions before landing in her current gig as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah. 

An Atlanta native, she shares some insights from her time at BURNAWAY and the Atlanta Contemporary. (Why would a digital art magazine want to do a print edition? Where did Sliver Space come from? This is your chance to find out.) 

We break down how Reese’s remarkable experiences working for big-name galleries like Deitch Projects in New York and Fleisher/Ollman in Philadelphia have translated (or not) into her career down South, share a few laughs at the expense of our well-meaning thrift store art shopping moms, and get the low down on the ins and outs of being a curator for the oldest public art museum in the South.

Rachel Reese looks over 35mm slides of Suzanne Jackson’s work from the 1980s on the light table in the curatorial offices at Telfair Museums. Photo: Dana Melaver

Rachel Reese looks over 35mm slides of Suzanne Jackson’s work from the 1980s on the light table in the curatorial offices at Telfair Museums. Photo: Dana Melaver

Rachel Reese’s office at Telfair Museums.

Rachel Reese’s office at Telfair Museums.

Related Links:

Suzanne Jackson: Five Decades at Telfair Museums, Jeffrey Deitch (formerly Deitch Projects), Andrea Rosen Gallery, Dodd Galleries, Fleisher/Olman Gallery, Atlanta Contemporary, BURNAWAY, Chu’s Department Store, Cut & Paste at the Lyndon House Arts Center

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