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An Encounter with American Folk Art Buildings

Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 PM
CofC's School of Sciences and Mathematics, Auditorium. 202 Calhoun Street

Join the Halsey Institute for an exciting evening learning about the fascinating history of American Folk Art Buildings from a short film Rendered Small by Marsha Gordon and Louis Cherry and a presentation by avid collectors W. Steven Burke and Randy Campbell who want to share their hand-made world.

These diminutive churches, movie theaters, houses, schools, factories, bowling alleys, and more were made during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries out of materials ranging from meticulously detailed tin and wood to cigar and Velveeta boxes. There will be an opportunity to ogle some of their collection up close, as they will be bringing select examples from their collection to the event. Your questions about this unique art form and the film describing it will follow the presentations.

For more information on Burke and Campbell’s collection, click here!

An Encounter with American Folk Art Buildings

Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 PM
CofC's School of Sciences and Mathematics, Auditorium. 202 Calhoun Street

BANNED BOOKS THAT SHAPE(D) THE WORLD | Panel Discussion

Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:30 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Please join us for a panel discussion on issues surrounding banned books and censorship, issues regarding free speech on the internet, and hate speech on college campuses. 

Participants include:

Professor Claire Wofford

Professor Jen Wright

Professor Anton Vander Zee

Professor Marjory Wentworth

Professor William Russell

Students from Honors Colloquium: Banned Books that Shape(d) The World

BANNED BOOKS THAT SHAPE(D) THE WORLD | Panel Discussion

Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:30 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

ARTIST TALK | Colin Quashie in conversation with Kali Holloway

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
6:30 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

In conjunction with his exhibition Colin Quashie: Linked, the artist will join Kali Holloway of the Make It Right Project to discuss his work and how it relates to current efforts to remove Confederate monuments around the country.


In his latest series, called Linked, Quashie juxtaposes images of well-known Black figures with other representations of artifacts to comment on stereotypes as they exist today. In Gabriel, Quashie tweaks an image of Louie Armstrong, updating his signature trumpet with a set of slave shackles. Similarly, in Rose Colored, he creates an image of Harriet Tubman donning a pair of rose-colored glasses, referencing the abolitionist’s view of slaveholders, for whom she still held a level of empathy. With these works, Quashie teases out underlying stereotypes, exposing them for all to see more plainly.

About the Make It Right Project

Directed by Kali Holloway, the Make It Right (MIR) Project is a multimedia campaign dedicated to righting social justice wrongs. The goal of MIR isn’t merely to “raise awareness” or “spark a national dialogue,” but to use multiple media formats to move the needle and create visible, measurable change. The inaugural project is focused on the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials, which are tangible eulogies to heroes of a treasonous anti-American campaign and a reflection of U.S. investment in white power and supremacy.

About Kali Holloway

Kali Holloway co-curated the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MetLiveArts 2017 summer performance and film series, “Theater of the Resist.” She previously worked on the HBO documentary Southern Rites, PBS documentary The New Public and Emmy-nominated film Brooklyn Castle, and was Outreach Consultant on the award-winning documentary The New Black. Her writing has appeared in AlterNet, Salon, the Guardian, TIME, the Huffington Post, the National Memo, and numerous other outlets.

ARTIST TALK | Colin Quashie in conversation with Kali Holloway

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
6:30 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

FAMILY DAY!

Sunday, October 13, 2019
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Join your fellow Halsey Institute members for a fun-filled family-friendly celebration of the current exhibitions Katrina Andry: Over There and Here is Me and Me and Colin Quashie: Linked!

Enjoy family-centric guided tours with our volunteer tour guides, hands-on activities with the Halsey Institute staff, engaging art-making projects, scavenger hunts, a book nook from, and more!

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This event is open to all levels of Halsey Institute membership. Not a member yet? Learn more about all the benefits of a Halsey Institute membership and join here!

In addition to enjoying a Family Day! for each exhibition, members can join us for special events, receive discounts on Halsey merch and our partner businesses around town, and dance the night away at our annual Moon-themed membership appreciation celebration.

Support contemporary art in Charleston by becoming a Member of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art! Our Members’ support is vital to the continued development of the Halsey Institute and our programming. Your support broadens the scope of our activities and makes possible a high quality, stimulating schedule of exhibitions each year and keeps admission free.

FAMILY DAY!

Sunday, October 13, 2019
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

MEET THE MAKER | Coulter Fussell

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

We are excited to have rescheduled this Meet the Maker after it was canceled due to Hurricane Dorian.

Artist presentation begins at 6:00 PM. 

This lecture is part of our Meet the Maker series for Postmodernist members and above. To join our membership program, please visit here or call (843) 953-5652.


Coulter Fussell’s early-developed arts view perceives craft and other arts as indistinguishable from one another. Painting, sculpture, and textile work are one solitary entity in her mind. From youth, the combination developed into an unintentional mash-up, resulting in quilts and textile works that defy expectations of the medium. Fussell relies on the no-holds-barred nature of contemporary painting rules to free her compositions from the constraints of pattern. In turn, she simultaneously relies on the strict discipline of traditional craftwork to act as a self-editing tool. 

Learn more on her website: https://www.coulterfussell.com/

MEET THE MAKER | Coulter Fussell

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

HOWLIN’ AT THE MOON | 15th Annual Membership Celebration

Friday, November 8, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Howlin’ at the Moon is the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s annual membership appreciation celebration. Each year, the Halsey Institue staff and advisory board throw a party to celebrate the Halsey’s members. The Moon Party is a place for all members to enjoy live music, feast on hors d’oeuvres and spirits, have their portrait taken on the signature Moon backdrop, and dance the night away with other art lovers.

The Moon Party is open to all members of the Halsey Institute. To attend the event, join or renew your membership online or call us at (843) 953-5652. Membership levels begin at $40 for individuals and $17.70 for CofC students.

Our members support the Halsey Institute’s groundbreaking exhibition and educational programming, which has become a vital part of the Charleston community. Join us at this year’s Moon Party!

HOWLIN’ AT THE MOON | 15th Annual Membership Celebration

Friday, November 8, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

MEET THE MAKER | Kukuli Velarde

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Artist presentation begins at 6:00 PM. 

This lecture is part of our Meet the Maker series for Postmodernist members and above. To join our membership program, please visit here or call (843) 953-5652.


Kukuli Velarde is a Peruvian artist based in the United States since 1987. Velarde’s work, consisting of ceramic, painting, drawing, and mixed-media, considers the consequences of colonization and its echoes in contemporary Latin American culture. While Velarde’s work focuses on Latin American history, particularly that of her home country of Perú, she asserts that this historical narrative contains complex universal characteristics that can be understood beyond the frame of its uniqueness.

Velarde has exhibited her work around the globe, from Kansas to Brazil to Taiwan. She has received awards She has received awards and grants such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Franz and Virginia Bader Foundation Grant, the Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, the United States Artists-Knight fellowship, the Pew fellowship in Visual Arts, the Anonymous is a Woman award, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, among others.

Find out more on her website: http://www.kukulivelarde.com/site/HOME.html

MEET THE MAKER | Kukuli Velarde

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Art stars, Superstars, Deathstars: The Art of Fame in Ray Johnson & Andy Warhol: A lecture by Ellen Levy

Thursday, November 14, 2019
7:00 PM
School of Sciences and Mathematics Building Lecture Hall

Ray Johnson and Andy Warhol were friends with much in common: both were pioneers of Pop Art and connoisseurs of fame, and they shared a special fascination with celebrity’s dark side. This talk by Ellen Levy, professor at Pratt Institute in New York City, traces the initially convergent but finally divergent paths of the two artists as they negotiated the worlds of stardom and superstardom, both in art and in life. Ellen Levy writes on the relations among the arts, especially poetry and visual art, particularly in mid-twentieth-century New York. She is currently working on a book about the career of artist Ray Johnson.

In 2016, the Halsey Institute presented the exhibition Correspondence Art: Words, Objects, and Images, featuring the work of Ray Johnson, along with Richard C., and Bob Ray. In the essay for the exhibition, curator Mark Sloan writes:

Ray Johnson (1927–95) is often cited as among the first to activate the unusual practice of mail art in the mainstream art world. Johnson founded the New York Correspondance [(sic)] School, a network of mail artists. He was a student of Joseph Albers (and others) at Black Mountain College in the 1950s, and later became a fixture in the New York art world, from the late 1950s until his self-exile on Long Island in the 1980s. Although Johnson did not proclaim a formal alliance with Fluxus, the Fluxus artists were among the first to recognize the potential of using the postal service as an economical method of communicating ideas on a global scale.

Richard C. and Ray Johnson had a voluminous correspondence over the years, beginning in the late 1960s and terminating with Johnson’s suicide, in 1995. C. organized a major exhibition of Johnson’s correspondence art for the North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, in 1976 (involving more than eighty contributors), called Correspondence: An Exhibition of the Letters of Ray Johnson. This exhibition sought to take measure of Johnson’s voluminous output, and to draw attention to his unorthodox methodology.

Bob Ray had a brief correspondence with Ray Johnson during the early 1990s, and has had an ongoing exchange with Richard C. since those very same days. This exhibition features a combination of works: some historical works from Ray Johnson to Richard C., some from Richard C. and Bob Ray to me, and some collaborative works, altered by both Richard C. and Bob Ray to me. The range of materials sent to me here at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is, in itself, a testament to the variety and diversity of the genre of correspondence art.

Above image: Installation view of works by Ray Johnson in Correspondence Art: Words, Objects, and Images, 2016. Halsey Institute of Contemporary ArtPhoto by Rick Rhodes.

Art stars, Superstars, Deathstars: The Art of Fame in Ray Johnson & Andy Warhol: A lecture by Ellen Levy

Thursday, November 14, 2019
7:00 PM
School of Sciences and Mathematics Building Lecture Hall

Curator-led tour for Katrina Andry: Over There and Here is Me and Me and Colin Quashie: Linked

Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Join the Halsey Institute staff for a fun and exclusive evening tour. Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs Bryan Granger will lead Halsey Institute members on a guided tour of Katrina Andry: Over There and Here is Me and Me and Colin Quashie: Linked. Explore the exhibitions, get insider knowledge, meet other Halsey Institute lovers! This event is open to all levels of membership.

To learn more about Halsey Institute membership, click here!

Curator-led tour for Katrina Andry: Over There and Here is Me and Me and Colin Quashie: Linked

Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries
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