Across the Threshold of India: Art, Women, and Culture – A lecture and book signing by Martha A. Strawn
January 31, 2017, 6:00 PM
Room 309, Simons Center for the Arts

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents an evening with photographer and visual ecologist Martha A. Strawn on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Strawn will lecture on her new book Across the Threshold of India: Art, Women, and Culture, with a book signing and reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

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CHRIS JOHNSON | ON THE ORIGINS AND MEANINGS OF QUESTION BRIDGE: BLACK MALES
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 2pm
Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309

In this illustrated talk, Chris Johnson will summarize a number of issues related to the history, creation and outcomes of the Question Bridge: Black Males project, which was recently inducted into the permanent collection of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

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GROUNDHOG DAY V
Friday, January 13, 2017, 8pm
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street

In conjunction with the Charleston Music Hall, the Halsey Institute will present an intimate evening of music featuring Charleston’s finest nationally recognized musical talent. Now a cultural tradition in Charleston, this year marks the fifth Groundhog Day concert. This event continues to be a rare opportunity to experience an exceptional collection of musical talent together on one stage.

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TOM STANLEY | MEET THE MAKER
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 5:30pm. Postmodernist members and above.
Halsey Institute Galleries

Artist Tom Stanley will be featured at our Meet the Maker event on February 21, 2017. A large selection of Stanley’s vivid paintings and drawings will be on view at the Halsey Institute during the showTom Stanley: Scratching the Surface, May 19 – July 8, 2017.

Over the past several decades, Tom Stanley has utilized sgraffito as a significant component of his abstract paintings. Popular in the Italian Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries, sgraffito refers to the practice of scratching a layer of paint to reveal a contrasting layer beneath it. In his geometric abstractions, the sgraffito adds an inherently expressive quality, creating a contrast between the frenzied scratching and his clinically precise lines and forms. His works also explore the history of painting techniques: beyond sgraffito, his works often contain drips of paint evoking Abstract Expressionism, and his expressive lines recall Surrealist automatic drawing.  

Stanley’s abstractions draw on the forms of the world around him, typically including items like boats, ladders, water towers, and houses. In his recent Vessels series, his canvases riff on the motif of a boat, often portraying one of more such vessels amidst a plane of harried lines and sgraffito. Such a series emphasize the duality contained within his paintings: expressive yet measured, formally-engaged  yet conceptually-driven, abstract yet connected to reality.

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EXHIBITION OPENING | EXIT / ALIVE and AHEAD OF THE WRECKING BALL
January 20, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts kicks off 2017 with two exhibitions EXIT/ALIVE: The Art of Anthony Dominguez and Ahead of the Wrecking Ball: Ronald Ramsey and the Preservation of Charleston. Both exhibitions will be on view at the Halsey Institute January 20 – March 4, 2017. Admission to the galleries is free. The opening reception on Friday, January 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.

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EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH WITH GUEST CURATOR TOM PATTERSON | EXIT / ALIVE
Saturday, January 21, 2:00pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join us on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00pm in the Halsey Institute galleries for a walkthrough of the new exhibition EXIT/ALIVE: The Art of Anthony Dominguez, led by guest curator Tom Patterson.

EXIT / ALIVE: The Art of Anthony Dominguez gathers a substantial body of art produced by Anthony Dominguez over 20 years leading up to his untimely death in 2014. Curated by Guest Curator Tom Patterson and conceived as a definitive overview, the exhibition brings together a representative sampling of works by this philosophically uncompromising, intentionally homeless artist, an idiosyncratic figure on the margins of society and the art world.

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In Transit: A lecture by Steve Johnson
April 13, 2017, 6:00pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

The focus of this lecture by Steve Johnson, Associate Professor of Drawing at the College of Charleston, is a body of work that was made during a nine month Fulbright-Nehru teaching fellowship in India. The small watercolors are a response to living and teaching in India, a country of relentless movement and saturated colors. While there, his eyes often fixed upon the small trucks and auto rickshaws racing around him during daily work commutes, inspiring many of the watercolors in this body of work. The travel photographs offer a sampling of the many sights and experiences that continue to enrich his studio practice.

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EXHIBITION OPENING | Young Contemporaries 2017
Friday, March 31, 5:00-7:00pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join us for the opening of Young Contemporaries 2017, our 32nd Annual Juried Student Exhibition on Friday, March 31 5-7pm!

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 2017 exhibition, visiting artist Josephine Halvorson has been chosen to select works.

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Unfolding Perspectives in Preservation: a panel discussion
Saturday, February 11, 2:00PM
Alumni Memorial Hall, Randolph Hall, 66 George Street

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Historic Preservation & Community Planning program at the College of Charleston are glad to host a public roundtable discussion dedicated to new thinking on the topic of old architecture.  Held in conjunction with the Halsey Institute exhibition on the meticulously detailed architectural drawings and fabrications by Charleston native Ronald Ramsey, this roundtable is designed to highlight and debate emerging issues in preservation that are often ignored or poorly understood, even in Charleston.  From learning to how to see threatened elements of urban memory such as street pavements and small outbuildings, to the awkward topic of preserving modernist structures that have failed to earn public affection, we seek to expand debates on preservation into arenas illuminated by the art of Ronald Ramsey and by the work of our four guest speakers.

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CURATOR-LED TOUR FOR MEMBERS
Thursday February 23, 6:00pm | For all members
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 EXIT / ALIVE: The Art of Anthony Dominguez and Ahead of the Wrecking Ball: Ronald Ramsey and the Preservation of CharlestonExplore 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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RACHEL BOILLOT | MEET THE MAKER
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:30pm. Postmodernist members and above.

Photographer Rachel Boillot will be featured at our Meet the Maker event on April 27, 2017. Boillot is one of the fifty-odd photographers who will be featured in the upcoming fall 2018 exhibition, Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.

Boillot is a photographer, documentary artist, and educator based in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Boillot has recently served as a Visiting Lecturer in Photography at Duke University and as a Multimedia Documentarian for the Friends of the Cumberland Trail. Her work has been funded by the Annenberg Foundation (Los Angeles, CA), the Riverview Foundation (Chattanooga, TN), the Tennessee Arts Commission (Nashville, TN), and the National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, D.C.). Boillot teaches in the Art Department at Lincoln Memorial University, serves as Assistant Producer at Sandrock Recordings, directs the Cumberland Gap Folklife Project, and maintains her independent photography practice in East Tennessee.

Boillot’s photographs in Southbound will feature images from three different bodies of work: Post Script, which documents disappearing rural post offices and the communities they serve, Silent Ballad, which explores musical heritage in East Tennessee, and Despues del Dia, which looks at the dwelling places of migrant Hispanic farmworkers in North Carolina.

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JUROR LECTURE: JOSEPHINE HALVORSON | Young Contemporaries 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 6pm
Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309

Join us on Wednesday, March 15 at 6pm in the Simons Center for the Arts Room 309 (54 St. Philip St) for a lecture by Josephine Halvorson. A painter based in Brooklyn and western Massachusetts, Halvorson is visiting the College of Charleston to act as juror for the Young Contemporaries 2017 annual student exhibition

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Young Contemporaries 2017
Submissions due: March 15, 10am-5pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

Submit your work to Young Contemporaries 2017! Use these guidelines to see who can submit work, and what can be submitted.

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HALSEY TALKS | Marian Mazzone
Thursday, April 6, 6:00pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

For the next instance of our Halsey Talks series, Dr. Marian Mazzone wants to know: Is contemporary art a chaotic period with no sense of singular styles or cohesive agendas?

It seems to many people that the contemporary period is somehow different from other periods in art when styles were more consistent and criteria for quality clearer. Is this really the case? Dr. Mazzone will lead a discussion that delves into contemporary art and how it may be defined in the context of art history.

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HALSEY TALKS: 5 Women Artists
Monday, March 27, 6:00pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

In conjunction with Women’s History Month and the #5womenartists campaign by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Halsey Institute is hosting a discussion on what it means to be a woman working in the arts today in Charleston. Beginning by highlighting each of their own work, the participants will lead an informal discussion based on their own experiences as women artists.

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The Art-o-mat: A talk and workshop with Clark Whittington
Friday, March 24, 4pm
Halsey Institute

Have you ever bought art from our Art-o-mat machine? Would you like to have your artwork sold in it?

Join us on March 24 at 4pm at the Halsey Institute for a brief talk with Clark Whittington at the Halsey Institute. In the 1990s, Whittington started converting old cigarette vending machines into contraptions that sell art. Twenty years later, Art-o-mat machines can be found across the country.

For the talk, Whittington will speak about the history of the Art-o-mat project, as well as what goes into converting each cigarette vending machine.

On Saturday, March 25 at 12:30pm, he will lead an informal workshop at Artist and Craftsman Supply (143 Calhoun Street) explaining the guidelines of how to make art that can be sold in the Art-o-mat machines. If you’ve ever wanted to have your work featured in the Art-o-mat, this workshop is for you! Drop in at any time between 12:30 and 1:30pm.

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ARTIST TALKS | Young Contemporaries 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join us on Saturday, April 1 at 2pm as a selection of the students who have work in the Young Contemporaries 2017 exhibition will discuss their work. 

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EXHIBITION OPENING | Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface
Friday, May 19, 6:30-8:30pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

Over the past several decades, Tom Stanley has utilized sgraffito as a significant component of his abstract paintings. Popular in the Italian Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries, sgraffito refers to the practice of scratching a layer of paint to reveal a contrasting layer beneath it. In his geometric abstractions, the sgraffito adds an inherently expressive quality, creating a contrast between the frenzied scratching and his clinically precise lines and forms. His works also explore the history of painting techniques: beyond sgraffito, his works often contain drips of paint evoking Abstract Expressionism, and his expressive lines recall Surrealist automatic drawing.  

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ARTIST TALK AND GALLERY WALKTHROUGH | Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface
Saturday, June 17, 2pm
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join us on Saturday, June 17 at 2pm for an artist talk and gallery walkthrough with Tom Stanley for his exhibition at the Halsey Institute Scratching the Surface.

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MISCELLANY LAUNCH PARTY
Thursday, April 20, 6-8pm
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. Each piece of work is reviewed and selected by the editor and the wonderful Miscellany student staff. Columbia’s Scholastic Press Competition has recognized Miscellany as one of the top college literary magazines in the country.

The annual book launch & reading is going to be in the Halsey Institute galleries on Thursday, April 20 from 6-8pm. The event occurs in conjunction with Young Contemporaries. There will be readings from selected published authors and free copies of the magazine followed by a reception.

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SGRAFFITO WORKSHOP | Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface
Saturday, May 20, 2pm
Charleston Farmer's Market, Marion Square

Stop by our table at the Charleston Farmer’s Market in Marion Square on Saturday, May 20 from 10am-12pm for a family-friendly Sgraffito Workshop with Tom Stanley. With his work featured at the Halsey Institute in Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface, Stanley will be on hand to help demonstrate his sgraffito technique, in which an artist scratches off a top layer of paint to reveal layers underneath. We will be using kid-friendly scratchboards, so there is no need to bring your own supplies. Stanley will also be demonstrating the technique with paint.

Once you are well-versed in the age-old technique of sgraffito, stop by the Halsey Institute to check out how Stanley utilizes it in his own paintings.

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Community Partners 2017