Renée Stout
Tales of the Conjure Woman

October 18 - December 14, 2013

The exhibition features recent work by Washington, DC-based Renée Stout, who is best known for her exploration of vestigial retentions of African cultural traditions as manifested in contemporary America. For many years, the artist has used the alter ego Fatima Mayfield, a fictitious herbalist/fortuneteller, as a vehicle to role-play and confront issues such as romantic relationships, social ills, or financial woes in a way that is open, creative, and humorous. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s assumed role through an array of works in various media. As Stout explains, “The common thread running through bodies of my work of the past several years is the continuing need for self-discovery and the need to understand and make sense of human motives and the way we relate and respond to each other.”

This video accompanies the exhibition Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman

Executive Producer: Mark Sloan
Produced by: Brady Welch
Directed by: Colin Sonner & Brady Welch
Cinematography by: Colin Sonner
Edited by: Meghan Sims
Original Score by Bill Carson
Color Correction: Evan Kultangwatana
Sound Design by: Roger Middenway

Funding for this project has been generously provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Additional support was provided by Accola Griefen Gallery in New York City, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., and Zanatta Contemporary Art / Zanatta Editions in Shawnee, Kansas.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

Tales of the Conjure WomanThe catalogue includes essays by several contributors, including Mark Sloan, Director of the Halsey Institute, Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and award-winning poet/essayist Kevin Young.

172 pages. Hardcover.

Price: $39.95
+ $5 shipping and handling

To purchase this catalogue online, please click here. If you prefer to pay with a check, please make payable to the Halsey Institute and mail to 161 Calhoun Street, Suite 117, Charleston, SC, 29424. We accept cash, check or credit card payments if purchasing a catalogue during a visit to the Halsey Institute galleries. As a Halsey Institute member, you could receive 20% OFF this publication. To learn more, click here.

Funding for this publication has been generously provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Additional support was provided by Accola Griefen Gallery in New York City, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., and Zanatta Contemporary Art / Zanatta Editions in Shawnee, Kansas.

 

SELECTED WORKS IN EXHIBITION

GALLERY

Renée Stout
Tales of the Conjure Woman

Renée Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. Originally trained as a painter, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 1985 where she began to explore the spiritual roots of her African-American heritage through her work. Inspired by the African Diaspora, as well as her immediate environment and current events, she employs a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed media sculpture, photography and installation in an attempt to create works that encourage self-examination, introspection and the ability to laugh at ourselves and the absurdities of life. Her vast exhibition history includes solo shows at Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA; David Beitzel Gallery in New York, NY and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, PA.  She has also been included in group exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA;  The Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, MD; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA;  and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; among several others.  She has been the recipient of awards from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Bader Fund, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and the High Museum’s Driskell Prize. Most recently, Renée Stout received the 2012 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize.

To learn more about Renée Stout, please visit www.reneestout.com


This exhibition is a collaborative project between the Halsey Institute, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, and the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College.

The exhibition catalogue will feature texts by several contributors, including Mark Sloan, Director of the Halsey Institute, Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and award-winning poet/essayist Kevin Young.

Community Partners 2014