Tales of the Conjure Woman | Fri. Nov. 1, 2013
We’re told Reneé Stout’s show at the Halsey Institute wasn’t timed to run over Halloween.
The roots, herbs, talk of dragon’s blood, and potions of perfumes are certainly reminiscent of the holiday. Also, a succubus, the crying mirror, and a voodoo vending machine are great costume ideas.
Don ZanFagna, visionary and eco-artist, dies | Tue. Oct. 29, 2013
Charleston City Paper
ZanFagna left a legacy of self-sustaining homes and extreme eco-architecture
Don ZanFagna, the man behind the ultra-eco-houses, or Pulse Domes, that filled the Halsey Institute last September, passed away last week at the age of 84, according to the Post and Courier.
ZanFagna was an artist and teacher who became obsessed with the idea for a Pulse Dome, a self-sustaining structure that was more akin to animal architecture — warrens, beaver mounds, etc. — than human. Built with organic materials, the Pulse Domes were intended to be sustainable in the most extreme sense. They would produce their own energy, grow crops, and be in perfect harmony with its environment.
Renée Stout conjures up the imaginary world of Fatima Mayfield | Thu. Oct. 17, 2013
Charleston City Paper
When you go to a Renée Stout exhibit, be prepared to encounter two people. First there’s Stout, the artist. Then there’s Fatima Mayfield, Stout’s hoodoo-practicing healer alter-ego and the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Halsey Institute, Tales of the Conjure Woman. Looking at the work that makes up Tales of the Conjure Woman, you’ll see Mayfield’s handwritten notes on seduction, her collection of roots and herbs in bottles and jars, models of hearts in torso-shaped wire cages, and paintings of various characters who people Mayfield’s world. The experience is one of looking through somebody’s else’s things — always a guilty pleasure — with an added spookiness that comes not only from the mystical nature of those mysterious objects, but from the ghostly presence of Mayfield herself.
Renee Stout at the Halsey Institute: Conjuring a ‘shadow world’ | Sun. Oct. 13, 2013
Charleston Post & Courier
The vital and transformative nature of art is a reminder of the power we wield as human beings susceptible to the creative process: our ability to express and discern meaning.
Renee Stout is an artist who makes objects that are themselves transformations. Her mixed-media work reflects her long search for manifestations of West African culture in the landscape of the United States, and represents both an inward and outward exploration of identity and language.
Renée Stout – Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art | Fri. Sep. 20, 2013
The Art Mag
Are you in need of a good luck charm, in search of spiritual guidance, or help with your relationship? Conjure woman, spiritualist, seer, herbalist, and fortune teller, Fatima Mayfield is here for you. She’s the alter- ego of Washington D.C.-based artist, Renée Stout, who returns, after a 17-year hiatus, to the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art with Tales of a Conjure Woman, featuring an array of work from the fictional Fatima’s life and conjuring practice.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Features Works by Joseph Burwell and Herb Parker | Sun. Sep. 1, 2013
The Halsey Institute Presents: Studio Practice: Herb Parker and Joseph Burwell | Sat. Aug. 17, 2013
The Art Mag
Director and Senior Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Mark Sloan was kind enough to provide us with a quick overview of the exhibition Studio Practice. Entering an artist’s studio is a very special thing, as you are being allowed into a very unique space, often containing their most private thoughts, inspirations, ideas, and creations.
Studios exhibit offers glimpse inside artists’ minds | Sun. Aug. 11, 2013
Charleston Post & Courier
Have you ever had the opportunity to wander around in an artist’s studio?
It’s like being inside their brain. I’ve long been fascinated with the bits and pieces that inspire artists and would love to have private time to look into the studios of some of the famous ones.
Like Picasso, for instance. He had various studios over the years, and in pictures it’s wonderful to see the high ceilings and historic architectural rooms flooded with light, his paintings leaning against walls and his pottery stacked around the room.
THE HALSEY INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART RECIEVES MAJOR AWARDS FOR 2012 EXHIBITION CATALOGUES | Sun. Jul. 7, 2013
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts recently received four major awards for publications they produced in conjunction with two 2012 exhibitions.
- The Aggie Zed: Keeper’s Keep exhibition catalogue won the American Alliance of Museums’ 1st Prize in Exhibition Catalogues produced by museums with an annual budget of less than $750,000.
- The Keeper’s Keep catalogue was one of the 50 books selected as a winner in Design Observer’s 50 Books/50 Covers competition.
- The Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto exhibition catalogue won the American Alliance of Museums’ 2nd Prize in Books produced by museums with an annual budget of less than $750,000.
- The Return to the Sea exhibition catalogue won Communication Arts’ 2013 Design Annual in the category for Catalogues.
Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art | Tue. Jun. 18, 2013
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in South Carolina recently opened an immense exhibition featuring five contemporary artists who create sculptures and installations using various books and printed materials. Rebound features new works by Guy Laramee, Long Bin Chen, Francesca Pastine, Doug Beube, and Brian Dettmer. You can see many more exhibition views on the Hasley Institute’s website. The show runs through July 6, 2013.