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For the 2018 exhibitions The Carrion Cheer, A Faunistic Tragedy and The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon, the Halsey Institute worked with Art360 to create virtual versions online. Learn more about them here, as introduced by Madelayne Abel.
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For his 2018 exhibition La Historia Recordada, the Halsey Institute commissioned a short film on artist Roberto Diago and his work. Madeleine Mitchell introduces it here.
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For the exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, the Halsey Institute created a project-specific microsite at www.southboundproject.org. Anna Crowley writes about the different features of the project and microsite.
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For Week 9 of 10/10-Reflections on a Decade of Exhibitions we are reviewing the year 2018. One of the exhibits from this year was Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, featuring works by various photographers. These artists present the American South in the twenty-first century through many different lenses, allowing for a glimpse, albeit incomplete and imperfect, of the “New South.” Our intern Anna shares how you can create your own postcards from the New South!
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Art Activity | Bird Masks!

Wed Aug 12, 2020
This week’s art activity of 10/10—Reflections on a Decade of Exhibitions is inspired by the work of Hitnes, an Italian artist whose work was featured in the exhibition The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon in 2018. Hitnes created this work during a residency which brought him on a journey across twenty cities in the United States to retrace John James Audubon’s travels. For this simple at-home project, we encourage readers to take a closer look at the birds featured in both Hitnes and Audubon’s work by creating your very own bird mask!
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An entirely virtual exhibition, 10/10–Reflections on a Decade of Exhibitions celebrates ten years of exhibitions, partnerships, and programs produced in the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art's current gallery space inside the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts at the College of Charleston. We are spending summer 2020 taking a look back on the adventurous artists we’ve hosted and projects we’ve produced in that time. Over ten weeks, we will be taking a deep dive into each year, featuring blog posts on exhibitions, interviews with artists, and other explorations into the Halsey Institute’s past.
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As an artist who explores ecological issues, Aurora Robson creates lively and intricate sculptures from plastic debris, transforming quotidian waste into aesthetic objects of beauty and reflection. Under her meticulous manipulation, the plastic materials she uses in her works take on an organic quality, thus connecting back to nature. Many of her works take on forms that resemble the otherworldly organisms that exist on ocean floors; in this way, her work is further associated with the sea, which is often the ultimate repository for plastic waste. Halsey Institute curator and director of strategic partnerships Katie McCampbell Hirsch interviewed Aurora Robson for her fall 2017 exhibition in the SEA CHANGE project, The Tide is High. We've re-shared some questions from their interview here.
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Chris Jordan’s photographs depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. His work sends a bold message about unconscious behaviors in our everyday lives, providing a platform for rich conversation and education around issues of ocean health, ecosystem interconnectedness, mass consumption and plastic consumption. Halsey Institute director of exhibitions and public programs Bryan Granger interviewed Chris Jordan for his fall 2017 exhibition in the SEA CHANGE project, Midway. We've re-shared some questions from their interview here.
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Along with Riccarda de Eccher's 2017 exhibition Montagna, the Halsey Institute commissioned Hed Hi Media to create a short documentary on the artist. Featuring images of her work, an interview with her in her studio, and an original score by Nick Goldston, the film has won several awards from festivals including the Gotham Film Fest and the MountainFilm Festival.
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In conjunction with Marc Trujillo's exhibition American Purgatory in fall 2017, the Halsey Institute and the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston invited Robert Storr to be the year's Quattlebaum Artist-in-Residence. During his time in Charleston, Storr met with students in the School of the Arts, participated in studio art critiques, and gave insight into his curatorial career at the Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale. He also gave a public lecture on the lineage of realism in American art, and also held a conversation with Trujillo. Storr also contributed an essay to the catalogue American Purgatory.
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