Exhibition Opening | Correspondence Art and Prophecies
January 22, 6:30–8PM
Halsey Institute galleries

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts kicks off 2016 with two exhibitions; Correspondence Art: Words, Objects, and Images By Ray Johnson, Richard C., and Bob Ray and John McWilliams: Prophecies. The exhibitions will be on view at the Halsey Institute January 22 – March 5, 2016. Admission to the galleries is free. The opening reception on Friday, January 22, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm will be open to the public and include complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres, provided by Whole Foods and Icebox.

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Correspondence Art walk-through with artists and curator
January 23, 2PM
Halsey Institute galleries

A gallery walk-through with Richard C. and Bob Ray will be held within the Halsey Institute’s galleries on Saturday, January 23, 2PM. 

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Make your own mail art with Bob Ray
January 30, 2016, 10AM–12PM & 1:30–3PM
Artist & Craftsman Supply, Downtown, 143 Calhoun St.

Correspondence artist Bob Ray will be in the shop to lead participants in creating their own mail art.

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Groundhog Day Benefit Concert IV
February 6, 8PM
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

The Halsey Institute, in collaboration with the Charleston Music Hall, will present an intimate evening of music featuring Charleston’s finest nationally recognized musical talent. Groundhog Day is an under-appreciated and overlooked holiday. The Halsey Institute would like to draw attention by celebrating its fourth Groundhog Day concert. This is a rare opportunity to experience an exceptional collection of musical talent sharing one stage in a single evening.

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Artist Lecture, Mountain and Watercolor: Riccarda de Eccher
March 1, 6–7PM
Auditorium, School of Sciences and Mathematics, 202 Calhoun St.

Riccarda de Eccher was born in Bolzano, Italy, and began painting, mostly in large format watercolor, late in life. Her subject, her passion, is the Dolomites mountains of Northern Italy. In addition to painting and drawing them, she has climbed and hiked them.

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Gallery walk-through with John McWilliams and Mark Sloan
Saturday, March 5, 2PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Artist John McWilliams and Chief Curator Mark Sloan will lead a walk-through in the gallery

 

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FILM SCREENING: EARTHCASTER
Thursday, March 31, 8PM
Auditorium, School of Sciences and Mathematics, 202 Calhoun St.

The documentary EARTHCASTER explores the work of artist Thomas Sayre, whose art-making process blends art and science, and joins the natural and man-made in a sometimes dangerous dance of gravity and grace.

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A Poem is a Naked Person: Leon Russell Film
Wednesday, February 24, 7:30pm
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

The Halsey Institute & the Charleston Music Hall Film Series proudly presents: A Poem is a Naked Person: Leon Russell Film.

An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents the beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974.

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Members-only Curator-led Tour
Thusday, March 3, 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 Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here and Susan Klein: shadow things. Explore 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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Call for submissions >> Young Contemporaries 2016
Monday, March 14, 12PM–9PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Each spring, current College of Charleston students, and recent grads, are eligible to submit their work to be considered for the Young Contemporaries exhibition. This gives them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. For the 2016 exhibition, visiting artist Amanda Wojick has been chosen to select works.

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JUROR’S LECTURE WITH AMANDA WOJICK
Wednesday, March 16, 6PM
Simons Center, Room 309

Each spring, current College of Charleston students, and recent grads, are eligible to submit their work to be considered for the Young Contemporaries exhibition. This gives them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. For the 2016 exhibition, visiting artist Amanda Wojick has been chosen to select works. Wojick will give a lecture about her work on Wednesday, March 16 at 6pm in Room 309, Simons Center for the Arts.

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SARA ANGELUCCI |FEB 16, 2016

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OPENING RECEPTION FOR 31ST ANNUAL YOUNG CONTEMPORARIES
Friday, April 1, 5-7PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Young Contemporaries opens on Friday, April 1. A reception from 5pm to 7pm will be open to the public and guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres. The awards ceremony begins promptly at 6pm.

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GALLERY WALK-THROUGH WITH ARTISTS
Saturday, April 2, 2PM
Halsey Institute galleries

A gallery walk-through with a handful of the Young Contemporaries artists will be held within the Halsey’s galleries on Saturday, April 2, 2PM.

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MISCELLANY RELEASE PARTY
Friday, April 15, 5-7PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Miscellany, the College of Charleston’s literary magazine, seeks to showcase and celebrate the many and talented student artists and writers at our school. The annual book launch & reading is going to be in the Halsey Institute galleries on Friday April 15 from 5-7pm. There will be refreshments, a reading from selected published authors and free copies of the magazine.

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OPENING RECEPTION | Erwin Redl: Rational Exuberance
Friday, May 20, 6:30 -8PM
Halsey Institute galleries

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition Erwin Redl: Rational Exuberance. The opening reception on Friday, May 20, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm will be open to the public and include complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres, provided by Whole Foods and Icebox. Redl investigates the process of “reverse engineering” by (re-)translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3D computer modeling into architectural environments by means of large-scale light installations.

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LECTURE & GALLERY WALK-THROUGH WITH ERWIN REDL
Saturday, May 21, 1PM
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts and the Halsey Institute galleries

The Halsey Institute will present an artist talk and gallery walk-through with exhibiting artist Erwin Redl on Saturday May 21. The event begins with a slide talk at 1pm in the Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, located at 54 St. Philip Street on the College of Charleston campus. We will then walk down the hall to view Redl’s exhibition within the Halsey Institute galleries.

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MEMBERS-ONLY CURATOR-LED TOUR
Thursday, June 30, 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 Erwin Redl: Rational Exuberance. Explore the exhibitions, get insider knowledge, meet other Halsey Institute lovers! This tour is for Halsey Institute members only.

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT THE HALSEY INSTITUTE
Applications due 5pm, April 11
Halsey Institute

Spaces are available for our Summer 2017 internship! The Summer internship runs May 8 – August 18, 2017. Applications are due by 5pm, April 11.

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LOWCOUNTRY GIVING DAY
Tuesday, May 3
Halsey Institute

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is once again participating in Lowcountry Giving Day on May 3, a 24 hour giving challenge for the purpose of making the Lowcountry a better place to live, grow and create.

We’re especially excited because our passionate supporter, Deborah Chalsty, has pledged to double your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000. Double your impact!

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Slow Art Day 2016
Saturday, April 9, 11AM - 12PM
Halsey Institute

Slow Art Day is the global all-volunteer event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.

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CORRESPONDENCE ART: SCHOOL SWAP
Sunday, May 8, 2:30–4PM
Main Lobby, 2nd Floor, Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.

The Halsey Institute partnered with seven area public K-12 schools for an education and outreach program designed around the Halsey Institute’s exhibition Correspondence Art: Words, Objects and Images by Ray Johnson, Richard C. and Bob Ray. A total of 180 students visited the Halsey Institute for a guided tour of the exhibition and to meet with artist-in-residence, Bob Ray. The students were introduced to the concept of correspondence art (or mail art) and had an opportunity to create their own. The culmination of this project is an exhibition of the student-created mail art.

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ARTIST’S HOUR
Wednesday, June 15, 4-5PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Artists are invited to experience the current exhibition Erwin Redl: Rational Exuberance after the gallery has closed to the public. The Halsey Institute library will also be available for discussion and reflection.

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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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EXHIBITION OPENING | FAHAMU PECOU
Friday, August 26, 6:30–8PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts kicks off the 2016 Fall semester with Fahamu Pecou: DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, ResistanceThe exhibition will be on view at the Halsey Institute August 26 – October 8, 2016. Admission to the galleries is free. The opening reception on Friday, August 26, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm will be open to the public and include complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres, provided by Whole Foods and Icebox.

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LECTURE AND GALLERY WALK-THROUGH WITH FAHAMU PECOU
Saturday, August 27, 2PM
Recital Hall & Halsey Institute Galleries

The Halsey Institute will present an artist talk and gallery walk-through with exhibiting artist Fahamu Pecou on Saturday, August 27. The event begins with a slide talk at 2pm in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts located at 54 St. Philip Street on the College of Charleston campus. We will then walk down the hall to view Pecou’s exhibition within the Halsey Institute galleries.

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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, Manager of Traveling Exhibitions Katie McCampbell and special guest Dr. Ade Ofunniyin 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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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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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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DEBORAH LUSTER | 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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interSessions: The Art X Hip-Hop Dialogues™
Friday, September 9, 7 PM
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts

Fahamu Pecou will host an installment of interSessions™ his series of curated conversations between figures from the arts and the hip-hop community. This session will feature Michael Render, better known by his stage name Killer Mike, an American hip-hop recording artist and activist, and Dr. Arturo Lindsay, an artist and scholar who conducts ethnographic research on African spiritual and aesthetic retentions in contemporary American cultures

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PROCESSION | FAHAMU PECOU
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 6-6:30PM
WATERFRONT NEAR CHARLESTON MARITIME CENTER

A public performance and procession beginning at 6PM at the waterfront will celebrate the opening of Fahamu Pecou’s DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance. Pecou will don the “New World” Egungun costume he has created for the exhibition and be joined by a drummer Baba Shola. The community is invited to join us in this symbolic ritual procession, honoring the spirits of those who came before us.

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ALEX HARRIS |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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HALSEY TALKS: THE PHOTOGRAPH AS PARADOX
November 17, 2016, 7PM

Sara Angelucci’s photographs in the show Aviary are both real and imagined. They exist now as physical prints, but they also point to a moment frozen in time, just like the taxidermy birds that flank them.

To borrow terminology from Roland Barthes, how can photographs create a “real unreality”? [1]

Let’s discuss this at the first ever Halsey Talk, a series of roundtable discussions on intriguing concepts in art. While we will facilitate the conversation, there are no other guidelines. Along with Sara’s work, we will look at Thierry de Duve’s 1978 essay “Time Exposure and Snapshot: The Photograph as Paradox” as a springboard for discussion—but there are no rules or expectations. Students, teachers, artists, philosophers, and other art enthusiasts are welcome to attend.

[1] Roland Barthes, “Rhetoric of the Image,” Image/Music/Text, trans. Stephen Heath, New York, Hill and Wang, 1977: 44.

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MEMBERS-ONLY CURATOR LED TOUR
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 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 Peter Eudenbach: This is Not an Object and Sara Angelucci: AviaryExplore the exhibitions, get insider knowledge, meet other Halsey Institute lovers! This tour is for Halsey Institute members only.

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