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.

UP NEXT | Yaakov Israel and Kathleen Robbins | Aug 23 – Oct 4, 2014

Yaakov Israel
The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey

Kathleen Robbins
Into the Flatland

The Halsey Institute opens the 2014 fall season with two photography exhibitions including work by Yaakov Israel and Kathleen Robbins. Both exhibitions are curated by Mark Sloan, Director and Chief Curator at the Halsey Institute. The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey, by Yaakov Israel, consists of 42 images, printed in various sizes. Inspired by the Orthodox Jewish tradition of the Messiah (the Prophet) who will arrive riding on a white donkey, this 10-year photographic project features portraits and landscapes made in Israel. Into the Flatland, by Kathleen Robbins, is a series of photographs documenting the land, people, and culture of the Mississippi Delta.


upcoming | Jumaadi: forgive me not to miss you not | Oct 18 – Dec 6, 2014

Jumaadi is our fall 2014 International Artist-in-Residence and will be creating a new body of work during his two-month residency. He will also be working on a special project with the students of the Academic Magnet High School here in Charleston to create an evening of shadow-puppet theater to be presented at their school.


upcoming | Unknown Picassos: Diurnes | Oct 18 – Dec 6, 2014

Diurnes is largely unknown series by Picasso and organized by guest curator Dr. Diane Chalmers Johnson. Diurnes is a box decorated with color lithographs containing 30 original photograms made by a then-young unknown photographer, André Villers, under Picasso’s instigation to “play with” some paper cutouts he had done for his grandchildren shortly after Matisse’s death, in 1954. One thousand boxes were produced by Berggruen in Paris in 1962, with lithographs of the photograms, along with an 18-page poetic script by Jacques Prévert.


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