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HITNES: THE IMAGE HUNTER: ON THE TRAIL OF JOHN JAMES AUDUBON

In late 2015, Italian artist Hitnes embarked on a twenty-city road trip throughout America with the goal of retracing the endeavors of John James Audubon in the 19th century. Audubon’s ambitious goal was to document all of the birds in the country, and these well-known drawings made up his book The Birds in America. Captivated by the enormous scope of Audubon’s goal, Hitnes traveled across the country, aiming to cover in three months what Audubon did in as many decades. Hitnes’s journey on one hand allowed him to explore the state of the birds nearly two centuries after Audubon encountered them. But it also became an all-encompassing performance project in which he gathered materials and made sketches, created public murals, and documented his interactions with a wide range of Americans in video.
Hitnes’s exhibition will document his journey, elaborating on what it is that drives a person to dedicate multiple decades of their life to pursuing an obsession like Audubon did. The exhibition will feature a range of work informed by his own expedition, and he will include other objects and ephemera collected on his trek. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a forthcoming feature-length documentary film on Hitnes’s trip, directed by filmmaker Giacomo Agnetti. Hitnes was an artist-in-residence at the Halsey Institute in the Summer of 2017.

For more info, visit: halsey.cofc.edu/main-exhibitions/the-image-hunter-on-the-trail-of-john-james-audubon/

THE CARRION CHEER, A FAUNISTIC TRAGEDY

Produced in conjunction with the exhibition The Carrion Cheer, A Faunistic Tragedy by Böhler & Orendt at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, May 18 – July 7, 2018.

Executive Producer: Mark Sloan
Director & Editor: Justin Nathanson
Additional photography: Drew Glickman

 

 

ROBERTO DIAGO: LA HISTORIA RECORDADA

Produced in conjunction with the exhibition Roberto Diago: La historia recordada at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Executive Producer: Mark Sloan
Director & Editor: Dave Stewart Brown
Producer: Tim McManus
Director of Photography: Cory Fallows
Exhibition Co-curators: Mark Sloan and Katie McCampbell
Narration: Joy Vandervort-Cobb

Script adapted from the essay “Roberto Diago: The Art of Growing Skin”
written by Elvis Fuentes for the exhibition.

 

A HALSEY & MCCALLUM CELEBRATION [+]

On March 14, 2018, we gathered to honor the contributions and talents of two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award winners, Corrie McCallum (1914-2009) and our namesake, William Halsey (1915-1999). We will introduce a new generation of Charlestonians to this couple’s pioneering spirit through a series of brief presentations illustrating their progressive artmaking against the backdrop of traditional Charleston.

Mayor John Tecklenburg declared March 14 as William Halsey and Corrie McCallum Day in Charleston.

Presenters include:
Mark Sloan, director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Brian Rutenberg, former student of William Halsey and renowned painter
Caroline Wright, William Halsey scholar
Pam Wall, curator of exhibitions at the Gibbes Museum of Art
Louise Halsey, artist and youngest daughter of Corrie McCallum and William Halsey

In addition to her vast body of work, Corrie McCallum made significant contributions to the Charleston art community as an educator. She was the first artist to teach printmaking at the College of Charleston. Under her guidance, the Gibbes Museum of Art conducted the first comprehensive art appreciation program for Charleston County public school students. She held education positions at several institutions, including the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah and the Gibbes Museum of Art, College of Charleston, and Newberry College in South Carolina. Throughout her life, she remained an outspoken advocate for the visual arts.

William Halsey dedicated his life to art and art education in South Carolina. A 1939 graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, he garnered professional success in Charleston, Savannah, New York, and Mexico. He established the College of Charleston’s studio art program in 1964 and served as assistant professor and artist-in-residence for nearly two decades. His leadership and artistic vision inspired the faculty at the College of Charleston to name the College’s art gallery in his honor upon his retirement. 

Today, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art promulgates its namesake’s vision by introducing the work of emerging, mid-career, and oddly overlooked artists. The life and work of William Halsey and Corrie McCallum continue to inspire young artists, and their legacy remains precious to their three children, Paige Halsey Slade, David Ashley Halsey, and Louise McCallum Halsey.

TIMELAPSE | AURORA ROBSON: THE TIDE IS HIGH [+]

Check out our timelapse video of the installation of Aurora Robson: The Tide is High.

RICCARDA DE ECCHER: MONTAGNA [+]

This film was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, August 25 – October 7, 2017.

Executive Producer: Mark Sloan
Director and Editor: Dave Stewart Brown
Producer: Tim McManus
Director of Photography: Cory Fallows
Original Score: Nick Goldston
Assistant Editor: R. Winkeller
Associate Producer: Brittni Bennett

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