Members Event – New Moon: 5th Annual HICA Membership Event
Nov. 13, 2009 - 7 - 10pm
Halsey Institute, The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts

 New Moon is the Halsey Institute’s fifth annual Membership and Affair. This special event offers an opportunity for current HICA members, potential members, and visual arts enthusiasts to show their support of the Halsey Institute’s continuing efforts to produce innovative contemporary art programs for the Charleston community. Guests must either renew, upgrade or join the Halsey’s membership program upon entrance or have a current HICA membership. Memberships begin at $15.

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Exhibition Opening – War on Terror: Inside / Out
Jan. 23, 2009 5 - 7pm

War on Terror: Inside / Out—Photographs by Christopher Sims and Stacy Pearsall juxtaposes the work of two artists: Sims’ photographs capture simulated Iraqi and Afghani villages in the US where troops train prior to their overseas deployment; while Pearsall, a military photographer, shows troops in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan. Timed to coincide with the beginning of Barack Obama’s first term as President, this exhibition provides a glimpse into two worlds we have had very little access to since the War on Terror began. According to Sloan, “These photographers show us aspects of what life is like for the U.S. soldier from training to battlefield.”

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Artist Lecture – Christopher Sims
Jan. 23, 2009 - 4pm
Room 309, Simons Center for the Arts

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Artist Lecture – Stacy Pearsall

Room 309, Simons Center for the Arts

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Workshop / Performance
Jan. 28, 2009 - 6 - 9pm
Halsey Gallery

Different from any workshop you may have attended in the past – Circuit Bending Workshops open up the world of sound through experimentation and play. Using recycled keyboards, drum machines and children’s toys students make unique sonic discoveries unleashing hidden sounds the manufacturer never intended. Circuit bending requires very little technical know-how to get started – giving everyone the opportunity to experience making electronic music, young or old.

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Film – Tru Loved
Feb. 6, 2009 - 8pm

A teenage daughter of lesbian mothers, Tru struggles at her new high school as an outsider until high school quarterback Lodell takes an interest in her. This narrative feature film explores the themes of love and acceptance that we all seek.

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Conference
Feb. 6 - 7, 2009
cKinley Washington Auditorium of the Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street, Charleston.

The conference will present a group of leading humanities scholars examining Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War as continuing presences in contemporary American culture. The sectional conflict has long been a defining narrative of American identity, represented in countless films, speeches, novels and non-fiction books, public monuments, and community ceremonies. The war remains a vital resource for the humanities today as a means to discuss nationhood, regionalism, race relations, citizenship, modernity, and other topics. It is one of the most compelling subjects of interest and engagement for a wide variety of audiences, from history buffs and re-enactors to heritage tourists and artists.

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Film – Full Battle Rattle
Feb. 27, 2009 - 8pm

Full Battle Rattle is the story of a real war and a fake town. In California’s Mojave Desert, the US Army has built a “virtual Iraq” and populated it with hundreds of Iraqi role-players. Army units spend three weeks inside the simulation before deploying to Iraq. The film follows an Army battalion through the simulation, as they attempt to quell an insurgency and prevent the mock village of Medina Wasl from slipping into civil war. Despite the movie-set contrivances, the stakes and the emotions are real. As reality and fantasy overlap, Full Battle Rattle moves from comic to surreal to poignant.

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Graphic Narrative – The Beehive Collection
March 10, 2009 - 6 - 8pm
Robert Scott Small Building

The Beehive Collective is coming to campus Tuesday evening, March 10, 2009 to present the huge graphic that has been years in the making, Mesoamérica Resiste. This graphic is the third in a trilogy about globalization in the western hemisphere. The Beehive will present the graphic and lecture at 6 p.m. in the Admissions Auditorium, Robert Scott Small Building, (old library) College of Charleston.

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Film – Random Lunacy: Video from the Road Less Traveled
March 13, 2009 - 8pm
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts

Poppa Neutrino is the patriarch of an innovative and creative family of vagabonds. He, his wife Betsy, and their five children travel from New York to Arizona, from Moscow to Mexico, playing Dixieland jazz and forging a unique life on the streets.

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Artist Lecture & Book Signing – Brian Rutenberg
March 20, 2009 - 7pm

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Exhibition Opening & Awards – Young Contemporaries 2009
April 2, 2009 - 5 - 7pm

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Film – ‘Bama Girl
April 17, 2009 - 8pm
Simons Center for the Arts

The Crimson Tide’s homecoming has a rich history, tied into centuries of privilege, old money and racial exclusivity. This powerful and enlightening documentary follows Jessica Thomas’s quest to become Homecoming Queen at the University of Alabama.

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Exhibition Opening – Hair On Fire
May 14, 2009 - 5 - 7pm

This group exhibition, curated by Mark Sloan, explores the rich and diverse history of human hair—from its importance in mythology, cultural anthropology, fashion, and folklore, to its metaphorical possibilities. Each artist creates works that are either made of hair, or relate to the subject.

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Exhibition Opening – Palmetto Portraits Projects IV
Sept. 16, 2009 - 5 - 7pm

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), in partnership with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston have developed a multi-year collaboration called the Palmetto Portraits Project. Noted and emerging photographers from throughout the state of South Carolina have been commissioned to focus on portraying South Carolinians in the Lowcountry, the Piedmont, and the Upstate—reflecting the full range and diversity of the state’s citizens, occupations, and recreational activities.

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Exhibition Opening – Aldwyth: Work v. Work n. Collage and Assemblage
Oct. 23, 2009 5 - 7pm
Halsey Institute, The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Center for the Arts

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is proud to open the doors of its new gallery space, located in The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts with the exhibition, Aldwyth: Work v. / Work n. Collage and Assemblage 1991- 2009. The exhibition begins with a reception on Fri. October 23rd, 6 – 8 pm and will run through Sat. January 9, 2010. During the reception, at 7pm the artist, Aldwyth, and curator, Mark Sloan, will lead interested guests on an exhibition walk-through.

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