ABOUT UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

The Halsey Institute hosts between five and seven exhibitions per year, highlighting adventurous contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists of national stature. All exhibitions are accompanied by extensive educational programming. In addition, the Halsey Institute has maintained a strong international component over the years, bringing in artists from all over the world for residencies, lectures, and exhibitions.

UPCOMING | Marc Trujillo: American Purgatory | August 25 - October 7, 2017



Marc Trujillo
American Purgatory



The paintings of Marc Trujillo portray quotidian scenes: fast food restaurants, big box store aisles, the long terminal corridors of airports, and so on. The scenes are remarkably unremarkable. In their ubiquitous nature, the paintings present an anti-place: scenes that refer not to a specific place, but to uncannily similar tableaus that unfold everyday in communities across America. While Trujillo models his paintings after specific locations, usually in the Los Angeles area, his scenes appear strikingly similar to viewers’ own relationships with local commerce. His paintings critique a hallmark of modern capitalism: one that aims to recreate identical commercial experiences across the country.

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UPCOMING | Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna | August 25 - October 7, 2017



Riccarda de Eccher
Montagna



Riccarda de Eccher’s sublime watercolors of mountain peaks offers a similar exploration of familiar images. In this case, her works evoke picturesque representations of snow-capped mountains from the Italian Alps. de Eccher’s watercolors offer a subversion of our current age in which the internet images to be vastly and readily shared, especially those that are hi-resolution and digitally retouched. On view concurrently with Marc Trujillo: American Purgatory, her works correlate with Trujillo’s paintings: though titled, her pictures are cropped so that they convey anonymous mountains that could exist on almost any continent. As an Italian native and frequent mountain-climber, de Eccher uses her works to explore humanity’s relationship with mountains throughout history.

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UPCOMING | SEA CHANGE | October 20 - December 7, 2017



Aurora Robson
The Tide is High


Chris Jordan
Midway

SEA CHANGE is a series of exhibitions and programs presented in collaboration with the South Carolina Aquarium to raise awareness of our enormous plastic waste problem and the detrimental effects on our planet. SEA CHANGE features the exhibitions Aurora Robson: The Tide is High and Chris Jordan: Midway at the Halsey Institute. Jordan’s breathtaking imagery helps us recognize the monumental effects of plastic waste on distant ecosystems, and Robson’s work provides strategies towards intercepting the waste stream and upcycling discarded plastics into new objects. Aurora Robson will also have a piece exhibited at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Co-presented by the South Carolina Aquarium

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UPCOMING | Roberto Diago | January 19 - March 3, 2018



Robert Diago




The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is planning an artist residency, exhibition, and video documentary featuring Cuban multi-disciplinary artist Roberto Diago. Born in 1971 in Havana, Diago’s work is often a direct criticism of racism in Cuba and explores the roots and role of slavery in Cuban history and culture. Diago works and lives in Havana, and utilizes a variety of strategies for communicating his complex ideas.

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Community Partners 2017