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 | EXIT/ALIVE | January 20 - March 4, 2017

The Art of Anthony Dominguez

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. 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.


UPCOMING | Ahead of the Wrecking Ball | January 20 - March 4, 2017

Ahead of the Wrecking Ball
Ronald Ramsey and the Preservation of Charleston

For the exhibition Ahead of the Wrecking Ball, the Halsey Institute will present a large selection of Ramsey’s drawings from the last thirty years. The show will also feature arrays of objects he has collected, along with notebooks he has created which contain ephemera of many of his favorite buildings now gone (stationary, business receipts, newspaper clippings, and advertisements). Here in the birthplace of the preservation movement in America, Ahead of the Wrecking Ball will reveal one man’s relentless efforts to painstakingly chronicle the very buildings that give Charleston its historic renown.


UPCOMING | Tom Stanley: Scratching the Surface | May 19 - July 8, 2017

Tom Stanley
Scratching the Surface

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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