ABOUT OUR EVENTS

The Halsey Institute produces several types of events throughout the year. These include an exciting mix of artist and curator lectures series, panel lectures, film screenings, concerts and exhibition openings. Most of our events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

View the calendar of events here.

DEBORAH LUSTER | SEPTEMBER 27 MEET THE MAKER
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm. Postmodernist members and above.

Deborah Luster is best known for the series, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, which she undertook in 1998 with poet C. D. Wright. This collection of photographic portraits portrays prisoners from three Louisiana prisons including the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. In her 2003 monograph (One Big Self, Twin Palms Publishing), she writes, “I chose to photograph each person as they presented their very own selves before my camera on the chance that I might be fortunate enough to contact, as poet Jack Gilbert writes ‘their hearts in their marvelous cases.’” These portraits—painstakingly printed on 5 x 4 inch sheets of black aluminum—are individualistic, diverse and emotionally compelling. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, New Orleans Museum of Art, and other notable public and private collections. One Big Self was shown at the Halsey Institute in 2007. A recent project, Tooth for an Eye: A Choreography of Violence in Orleans Parish (Twin Palms Publishing, 2011) is a photographic archive documenting contemporary and historical homicide sites in New Orleans, the homicide capital of the United States. The result is an exploration of the dizzyingly empty space at the core of violence. Luster approaches this invisible, excised population obliquely, with haunting, unpopulated photographs that seem to exist outside of time, simultaneously distant and chillingly close.

Deborah Luster will be participating in Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South at the Halsey Institute in Fall 2017. She will be showing works from the series Passion Play, which features prison actors in home-made costumes dressed as Biblical figures.

 

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MEMBERS-ONLY CURATOR-LED TOUR
Thursday, October 6, 6PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join the Halsey Institute staff for a fun and exclusive evening tour. Beginning at 6pm, director and chief curator Mark Sloan will lead Halsey Institute members on a guided tour of Fahamu Pecou: DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, ResistanceExplore the exhibitions, get insider knowledge, meet other Halsey Institute lovers! This tour is for Halsey Institute members only.

To join the Halsey Institute family, please visit halsey.cofc.edu/support/ or call (843) 953-4422.

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FILM SCREENING – ALMOST THERE
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 8 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

For many, Peter Anton’s house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is precariously stacked to the ceiling. But for the filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, Anton’s home is a treasure trove, a startling collection of unseen and fascinating paintings, drawings, and notebooks, not to mention Anton himself, a character worthy of his own reality TV show.

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SARA ANGELUCCI: LECTURE AND GALLERY WALK-THROUGH
Thursday, October 27, 6PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

The Halsey Institute will present an artist talk and gallery walk-through with exhibiting artist Sara Angelucci on Thursday, October 27, 6PM. 

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ALEX HARRIS | NOVEMBER 1 MEET THE MAKER
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm. Postmodernist members and above.

For his presentation at the Halsey Institute, Alex Harris’s talk is titled: The Mind and the Machine from a quote by Walker Evans.

“The secret of photography is, the camera takes on the character and the personality of the handler. The mind works on the machine – through it, rather.”

-Walker Evans from an interview with Leslie Katz in 1971

He will speak primarily about his work from Cuba and Mobile, Alabama.

Alex Harris is a photographer, writer, and teacher. He has photographed for extended periods in Cuba, the Inuit villages of Alaska, the Hispanic villages of northern New Mexico, and across the American South. He is a Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and Documentary Studies at Duke University and has taught at Duke for more than three decades, most recently in the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts Program.  He is a founder of the Center for Documentary Studies (1989) and of DoubleTake Magazine (1995). Harris’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, and a Lyndhurst Prize. His book, River of Traps, with William deBuys was a 1991 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction. Harris’s work is represented in major photographic collections, including The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including two solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York. As a photographer and editor, Harris has published fifteen books, including The Idea of Cuba (2007) and Why We are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City (2012), with E. O. Wilson. 

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MOONDANCE, 12th ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP CELEBRATION
Friday, November 11, 2016
Halsey Institute Galleries

Moondance is our 12th Annual Membership Celebration. Throughout the night, Members will enjoy live music by The Very Hypnotic Soul Band, feast on hors d’oeuvres and spirits, have their portrait made by Leslie McKellar on the signature Moon backdrop, and enjoy performances by the College of Charleston Dance Department, and the Roving Puppeteers.

Dance the night away with other Halsey Institute members. To attend the event, join or renew your membership online: halsey.cofc.edu/support/membership or call us at 843-953-5652. Membership levels begin at $40; $15 for students.

All members are welcome.

Our members support the Halsey Institute’s groundbreaking exhibition and educational programming, which has become a vital part of the Charleston community.

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PETER EUDENBACH: LECTURE, GALLERY WALK-THROUGH AND CLOSING PARTY
Friday, December 9, 6PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

The Halsey Institute will present an artist talk, gallery walk-through and closing reception with exhibiting artist Peter Eudenbach on Friday, December 9, 6PM. 

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