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CofC to Launch Cuba Project in 2018

Tue Dec 19, 2017
The College Today

Beginning in January 2018, the College of Charleston will embark on an ambitious interdisciplinary project devoted to the fascinating and complex island nation of Cuba, which, while located just 90 miles off the coast of Florida, remains something of a mystery to most Americans.

Cuba en el Horizonte will examine the communist country’s history, politics, economy, culture and art. The campus-wide initiative comes as Cuba finds itself at a crossroads following last year’s death of former president Fidel Castro and ongoing uncertainty regarding the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.

The project was organized by Sylvia Gamboa, assistant professor emerita in the Department of English, who returned to CofC as a volunteer scholar-in-residence for the purpose of putting together the many elements of the project. Over the past three years of planning for the project, Cuba itself has undergone many changes, Gamboa says.

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Beginning in January 2018, the College of Charleston will embark on an ambitious interdisciplinary project devoted to the fascinating and complex island nation of Cuba, which, while located just 90 miles off the coast of Florida, remains something of a mystery to most Americans.

Cuba en el Horizonte will examine the communist country’s history, politics, economy, culture and art. The campus-wide initiative comes as Cuba finds itself at a crossroads following last year’s death of former president Fidel Castro and ongoing uncertainty regarding the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.

The project was organized by Sylvia Gamboa, assistant professor emerita in the Department of English, who returned to CofC as a volunteer scholar-in-residence for the purpose of putting together the many elements of the project. Over the past three years of planning for the project, Cuba itself has undergone many changes, Gamboa says.

 
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Halsey Institute wins book award

Sun Dec 10, 2017
The Post and Courier

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art won the top award in the Fine Art Press category of the 33rd annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Publication Award Competition, administered by The Art Libraries Society of North America.

The prize-winning book is “Sons & Father: Engravings by John McWilliams,” which was produced to accompany a 2016 exhibition of McWilliams’ work.

The Halsey Institute collaborated with Horse & Buggy Press to produce a limited edition of 200 copies. The first 26 copies feature handmade paper covers accompanied by a standalone woodblock print by McWilliams, an artist based in McClellanville.

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Mark your calendars now for October 19th, 2018, to attend the opening of SOUTHBOUND: Photographs of and about the New South, at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, in downtown Charleston.

This will be an exceptional — and exceptionally important — group show, featuring the work of 56 photographers who are either Southerners or who have had, in the words of the show’s organizers, “a sustained engagement with the South.”  

Each of the photographers will be represented by four photographs, for a total of 220 photographs in the joint show. 

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Blog #10: Kids Voices, Art, and a Call to Action

Sun Dec 03, 2017
Center for Ecological Living and Learning

While conducting student and teacher workshops at the College of Charleston this week, I was invited by Allison, a biology professor, to attend an art exhibit sponsored by the Halsey Institute and the South Carolina Aquarium entitled: Sea Change.  Lizz, the enthusiastic Manager of Outreach and Engagement, showed us around the exhibit showcasing the work of two extraordinary artists: Chris Jordan and Aurora Robson whose works focus on the intersection of art, science and environmental activism. They both use art to provoke thinking and conversations about the state of our environment.

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‘Visible Man’ Chronicles Last Two Decades Of Fahamu Pecou’s Art

Mon Nov 27, 2017
WABE - Where ATL meets NPR

A new book chronicles the past two decades of Fahamu Pecou’s rise to international art world fame, as well as his own personal and artistic evolutions.

The book’s title, “Visible Man,” is more than a passing reference to Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel, “Invisible Man.” On “City Lights,” Pecou said the title is “a way of connecting past and present.” In his paintings, performance art and more, Pecou meditates on Black masculinity and the representation of Black bodies.

“What I’ve been working towards … is rendering the Black body visible, exposing the humanity in Black masculinity,” he said.

Visible Man” is published by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and is available now.

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Multimedia artist and educator Aurora Robson creates sculptures out of plastics and recycled materials to raise awareness on environmental topics such as human waste in our ecosystem. This piece, “Sea Change”, can be seen at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston. // charlestonmag.com

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A seashell made of soda can tabs. A brightly colored fish with aluminum scales dotted with familiar logos of beer and soda. And a spindly crab with legs that were once the sturdy bones of a beach chair.

These student-made creations born from trash collected on Sullivan’s Island, S.C., will make their debut in a display in the lobby of the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, as part of the “Sea Change” exhibition co-sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the South Carolina Aquarium.

The process of turning trash into visual treasure has been challenging but fun, says sophomore Beth Alexander.

“We definitely all spent some time just sitting here, staring at everything we had picked up, trying to figure out what to do with it,” says the studio art major.

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Over The Moon

Fri Nov 24, 2017
Charleston Magazine

The Party: The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art hosted this year’s Over the Moon party, the gallery’s 13th annual membership celebration. With wine and hors d’oeuvres in hand, guests took in the splendor of the Halsey’s current exhibitions, including Aurora Robson’s “The Tide is High,” a thought-provoking installation created from the abundant plastic debris threatening oceans today.

Patrons posed for silly photos in the event’s much-anticipated “Moon Booth” and partook in the silent auction, including everything from Spoleto USA tickets to an all-inclusive stay at the Francis Marion Hotel. The VIP cocktail party featured an acoustic set by Joel T. Hamilton and Ian Gleason, and all members enjoyed a performance from local singer-songwriter Lindsay Holler later in the night.

With College of Charleston student works on display alongside traveling exhibits, as well as a live demonstration by performance artist kolpeace, the affair was a true celebration of creativity in all forms and applauded the Halsey’s work to bring a fine caliber of contemporary art and arts education to both C of C’s campus and the Charleston community.

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Q&A with Sea Change Exhibit Artists

Mon Nov 20, 2017
The College Today

Art can be a complex realm. Seeing artwork conveys certain levels of meaning, but new dimensions of understanding take shape when an artist discusses his or her own work. That’s why The College Today sat down with Chris Jordan and Aurora Robson – the two artists whose work is featured in Sea Change at the College’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Both artists are important voices in the world of environmental advocacy.

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