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Monday - Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Open Thursdays until 7pm

MEET THE MAKER | Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (presentation begins at 6:00 PM)
Halsey Institute galleries and Zoom

Join us for the next Meet the Maker featuring upcoming artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez who will exhibit at the Halsey Institute in summer 2022 with Pinturas de Casta and the Construction of American Identity. Meet the Makers are quarterly get-togethers for members at the Postmodernist level and above to meet an artist and learn about their creative process within an intimate setting. Members are asked to bring “a bottle of wine and an open mind.”

We are able to host a maximum of 50 people in the galleries for this event and will also stream the tour to Zoom for those that would like to join in virtually. The limited capacity means we will need to require an RSVP to claim a spot in the galleries or receive the Zoom link and passcode. RSVP to halseyRSVP@cofc.edu to reserve a space. Not a member yet? Not a problem! Find out more about the benefits of membership here.

The College of Charleston has recently announced updated policies for on-campus events. Face masks are required by all persons on campus regardless of vaccination status. We are able to host a maximum of 50 individuals inside of the Halsey Institute’s galleries at any one time during this event.

Please note: The Halsey Institute staff and the College of Charleston are monitoring local COVID case numbers and will make updates to event policies as necessary. Make sure to check this page often for up-to-date information regarding this event.


Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez is a Colombo-American, mid-career artist with an interdisciplinary practice. She grew up in Colombia as the child of a Colombian and a United States citizen and migrated to the US as an adult. Her art is about the curious and intense experience of having physically migrated, yet still having a piece of herself rooted in Colombia. She is creating an intersectional feminist visual novel that is a multifaceted project comprised of paintings, sculptures, objects, and mixed media that together—and in different voices—weave a synchronicity of dialogues, passages, and punctuations about hybridity and cultural ownership.

MEET THE MAKER | Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (presentation begins at 6:00 PM)
Halsey Institute galleries and Zoom

CURATOR-LED TOUR FOR MEMBERS | Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks

Thursday, December 9, 2021
7:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries and Zoom

Join the Halsey Institute staff and your fellow members for a fun and exclusive evening tour! Halsey Institute curators will lead you on a tour of our current exhibition Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks. Explore the exhibition, get insider knowledge, and meet other Halsey Institute lovers! This event is for all levels of Halsey Institute membership. Not a member yet? No problem! Explore the benefits of membership here.

We are able to host a maximum of 50 people in the galleries for this event and will also stream the tour to Zoom for those that would like to join in virtually. The limited capacity means we will need to require an RSVP to claim a spot in the galleries or receive the Zoom link and passcode. RSVP to halseyRSVP@cofc.edu.

The College of Charleston has recently announced updated policies for on-campus events. Face masks are required by all persons on campus regardless of vaccination status. 

Please note: The Halsey Institute staff and the College of Charleston are monitoring local COVID case numbers and will make updates to event policies as necessary. Make sure to check this page often for up-to-date information regarding this event.


The Halsey Institute is pleased to present Crossed Looks, the first solo exhibition of Swiss-Guinean artist Namsa Leuba in the United States. The show will feature over 90 works from the photographer’s projects in Guinea, South Africa, Nigeria, and Benin, and it will premiere new work created in Tahiti. 

As a photographer working across documentary, fashion, and performance, Namsa Leuba’s images explore the fluid visual identity of the African diaspora. With a dual heritage between Guinea and Switzerland, Leuba draws inspiration from her own experience growing up between two different cultural traditions.

CURATOR-LED TOUR FOR MEMBERS | Namsa Leuba: Crossed Looks

Thursday, December 9, 2021
7:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries and Zoom

End of the Year Giving Campaign

Friday, December 31, 2021

Support contemporary art in Charleston through a gift to the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art!

Your financial support helps us serve the community by bringing world-class exhibitions and innovative programs for all ages. With your help, we can do MORE for our community. Your donation to our end of year giving campaign helps keep admission free and provides crucial support for our exhibitions, educational offerings, and community programming. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. You will receive a letter dated for 2021 from the Halsey Institute thanking you for your gift.

DONATE HERE between December 1 and December 31 to not only support the Halsey Institute’s mission, but also take advantage of some fun thank you gifts for different levels of giving!


Raffle for December 1 – 15: Free Modernist membership

Donate any amount during these dates to be entered into a raffle to win a Modernist membership. That’s a $60 value! Give the membership as a gift or keep it as a gift to yourself. At the Modernist level, you will receive great benefits like free admission to our opening receptions and Family Day! programs, a 20% discount on Halsey Institute publications, have access to almost 200 museums throughout the Southeast with the Southeastern Reciprocal Museums program, and more! One name will be drawn from all eligible entries.

Raffle for December 16 – 31: Lunch date with an artist

Donate any amount during these dates to be entered into a raffle to win a lunch date with our director, Katie Hirsch, and upcoming artist Dyani White Hawk. White Hawk will be in Charleston in mid-January for the opening weekend of her exhibition Hear Her. Enjoy lunch on us while she is in Charleston! One name will be drawn from all eligible entries.

Giveaway Mondays! Fun goodies and exciting experiences

Keep a close eye on our social media accounts (InstagramFacebook, and Twitter) and your email inbox every Monday in December for flash giveaway raffles! Donate at least $10, join as a member at any level*, or renew your membership for a chance to win great prizes and experiences. Three names will be drawn from all eligible entries for each Giveaway Monday.

Join as a member HERE or make a donation HERE

Support takes many forms and every bit helps. Other ways to show your love for the Halsey Institute include engaging with our programs, inviting a friend to our next exhibition, gifting memberships to friends and family, or purchasing items from our online shop.


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End of the Year Giving Campaign

Friday, December 31, 2021

MEMBER PREVIEW DAY | Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her

Thursday, January 13, 2022
11:00AM - 7:00PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Join us for a Member Preview Day for the exhibition, Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her. All Halsey Institute membership levels are invited to get a first glimpse of our newest exhibition! All members should RSVP to halseyRSVP@cofc.edu to reserve a space. Not a member yet? Not a problem! Find out more about the benefits of membership here.


Dyani White Hawk’s work illuminates society’s consistent ignorance of Native people. With her video, photography, and works in other media, she aims to use the language of visual art to bring light to the deep chasm between our understanding of history and the truth. Her work weaves together forms from the canon of Western art along with the visual languages and traditions of Native people. In doing so, her work spotlights Native women, whose strength and fortitude over centuries have helped their peoples’ languages and cultures to survive.

On view in Hear Her, White Hawk’s video installation Listen presents a series of Native women speaking the language of their people. Each film takes place on the land of each participant’s nation, and viewers hear the respective languages without translation. As such, White Hawk puts a focus not only on the resonance of each speaker, but she also reveals society’s collective ignorance of the people, culture, and language of those native to the land on which we live.

White Hawk’s photography installation I Am Your Relative confronts the gross stereotypes and distorted caricatures that dehumanize and commodify Native women. The exhibition serves as a true locus for the convergence of multiple Humanities including the visual arts, language, human geography, and history, all working in sync to give visibility to the invisible and fill a vital gap in our collective knowledge.

Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her is sponsored in part by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

Please note: The Halsey Institute staff and the College of Charleston are monitoring local COVID case numbers and will make updates to event policies as necessary. Make sure to check this page often for up-to-date information regarding this event.

image: Dyani White Hawk in collaboration with cinematographer Razelle Benally, LISTEN [still], 2020, eight-channel HD video installation with sound, Chapter 1 © Dyani White Hawk, Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis

MEMBER PREVIEW DAY | Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her

Thursday, January 13, 2022
11:00AM - 7:00PM
Halsey Institute galleries

OPENING RECEPTION | Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her

Friday, January 14, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Join us to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her!

Please note: The Halsey Institute staff and the College of Charleston are monitoring local COVID-19 case numbers and will make updates to event policies as necessary. Make sure to check this page often for up-to-date information regarding this event.


Dyani White Hawk’s work illuminates society’s consistent ignorance of Native people. With her video, photography, and works in other media, she aims to use the language of visual art to bring light to the deep chasm between our understanding of history and the truth. Her work weaves together forms from the canon of Western art along with the visual languages and traditions of Native people. In doing so, her work spotlights Native women, whose strength and fortitude over centuries have helped their peoples’ languages and cultures to survive.

On view in Hear Her, White Hawk’s video installation Listen presents a series of Native women speaking the language of their people. Each film takes place on the land of each participant’s nation, and viewers hear the respective languages without translation. As such, White Hawk puts a focus not only on the resonance of each speaker, but she also reveals society’s collective ignorance of the people, culture, and language of those native to the land on which we live.

White Hawk’s photography installation I Am Your Relative confronts the gross stereotypes and distorted caricatures that dehumanize and commodify Native women. The exhibition serves as a true locus for the convergence of multiple Humanities including the visual arts, language, human geography, and history, all working in sync to give visibility to the invisible and fill a vital gap in our collective knowledge.

Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her is sponsored in part by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

Please note: The Halsey Institute staff and the College of Charleston are monitoring local COVID case numbers and will make updates to event policies as necessary. Make sure to check this page often for up-to-date information regarding this event.

image: Dyani White Hawk in collaboration with cinematographer Razelle Benally, LISTEN [still], 2020, eight-channel HD video installation with sound, Chapter 1 © Dyani White Hawk, Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis

OPENING RECEPTION | Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her

Friday, January 14, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

ARTIST TALK | Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her

Saturday, January 15, 2022
2:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Join us for an artist talk featuring Dyani White Hawk on the occasion of her exhibition Hear Her at the Halsey Institute. The talk will take place in the Halsey Institute galleries, and it will be live-streamed at halsey.cofc.edu/live.


Dyani White Hawk’s work illuminates society’s consistent ignorance of Native people. With her video, photography, and works in other media, she aims to use the language of visual art to bring light to the deep chasm between our understanding of history and the truth. Her work weaves together forms from the canon of Western art along with the visual languages and traditions of Native people. In doing so, her work spotlights Native women, whose strength and fortitude over centuries have helped their peoples’ languages and cultures to survive.

On view in Hear Her, White Hawk’s video installation Listen presents a series of Native women speaking the language of their people. Each film takes place on the land of each participant’s nation, and viewers hear the respective languages without translation. As such, White Hawk puts a focus not only on the resonance of each speaker, but she also reveals society’s collective ignorance of the people, culture, and language of those native to the land on which we live.

White Hawk’s photography installation I Am Your Relative confronts the gross stereotypes and distorted caricatures that dehumanize and commodify Native women. The exhibition serves as a true locus for the convergence of multiple Humanities including the visual arts, language, human geography, and history, all working in sync to give visibility to the invisible and fill a vital gap in our collective knowledge.

Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her is sponsored in part by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

Please note: The Halsey Institute staff and the College of Charleston are monitoring local COVID-19 case numbers and will make updates to event policies as necessary. Make sure to check this page often for up-to-date information regarding this event.

image: Dyani White Hawk in collaboration with cinematographer Razelle Benally, LISTEN [still], 2020, eight-channel HD video installation with sound, Chapter 1 © Dyani White Hawk, Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis

ARTIST TALK | Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her

Saturday, January 15, 2022
2:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries
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