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MEMBER MEET-UP | Young Contemporaries 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021
7:00 PM
Via Zoom

Our Member Meet-ups offer behind-the-scenes virtual tours, virtual artist talks, and meet-and-greet events with the curators. Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to celebrate the Halsey Institute community and engage with contemporary art in these singular times. Become a member here!

This event will take place on Zoom. To attend, please RSVP to halseyRSVP@cofc.edu


Join us for a Member Meet-up featuring artists from Young Contemporaries 2021, the 36th annual juried College of Charleston student exhibition. We’ll hear from some of the student artists about the inspiration and process for their artworks that were accepted into the exhibition and talk with them about how the last year has impacted their studio practice, what they’re working on now, and more!

MEMBER MEET-UP | Young Contemporaries 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021
7:00 PM
Via Zoom

** postponed ** VIRTUAL HALSEY TALKS | Relational Aesthetics

Monday, April 19, 2021
7:00 PM
via Zoom

** Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are postponing this event until Fall 2021. Keep an eye on our social media, website, and newsletters for an announcement of the new event date later this year!


Often when we see a work of art, such as a painting, the autonomy of the work is hard to resist. A painting continues to be a painting, even when we aren’t there to see it. But when we do see it, we see it much differently from others due to our own personal perspectives and biases.

So what’s to say that this interaction between viewer and painting is not part of the work itself? And if so, can we construct works of art solely out of these interactions? If a painting is just an arrangement of paints functioning as art, why can’t an artwork’s media consist of social interaction?

In this Halsey Talks, we will explore relational aesthetics. Writing in his 1998 book, curator Nicolas Bourriaud theorized relational aesthetics as the creation of social interactions by artists as art. We will discuss a few seminal instances of relational aesthetics and examine how the concept is connected—or not—to more traditional works of art.


Halsey Talks are an ongoing series of roundtable discussions on intriguing concepts in art. While they may take advantage of exhibitions on view at the Halsey Institute, they are open-ended in nature. As a platform for a deeper understanding and discussion of fascinating ideas in art, Halsey Talks are open to all.

** postponed ** VIRTUAL HALSEY TALKS | Relational Aesthetics

Monday, April 19, 2021
7:00 PM
via Zoom

MEMBER PREVIEW DAY | Wunderkammer and You Are Here

Thursday, May 13, 2021
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Join us for a Member Preview Day for the exhibitions, Dan Estabrook: Wunderkammer and Jibade-Khalil Huffman: You Are Here. All Halsey Institute membership levels are invited to get a first glimpse of our newest exhibitions! Not a member yet? Not a problem! Join the Halsey Institute family here.

For this Member Preview Day, we are asking members to RSVP for timed entry on the hour to keep the galleries at a safe capacity. Please email halseyRSVP@cofc.edu to reserve your time!


The work of Dan Estabrook oscillates between image and object and back again. Using antiquated forms of photography, such as salt prints and tintypes, Estabrook examines the objecthood of photography and its ability to represent the truth. He often combines multiple tintypes or adds metal to his images, further commenting on photography’s connection to reality. His sculptural works become recreations of his photos, further blurring the line between image and object. Interested in the studio as a site for fabrication, Estabrook’s sleight of hand in creating still life tableaus asks viewers to reconsider why things appear as they seem.

Jibade-Khalil Huffman mines images and texts, searching for latent meaning and hidden memories. Using a wide array of media including lightboxes, video, performance, photography, text, and installation, Huffman uses his work to expose power structures and racial dynamics in popular imagery. His heavily layered images beckon viewers to form connections between recognizable images and the personal pentimenti of our own existences. For You Are Here, Jibade-Khalil will create a new installation, building on the materials and themes he’s explored in recent years.

MEMBER PREVIEW DAY | Wunderkammer and You Are Here

Thursday, May 13, 2021
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

ARTIST TALK | Dan Estabrook

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
7:00 PM
Online at halsey.cofc.edu/live

Join us for an artist talk with Dan Estabrook on his exhibition Wunderkammer. Estabrook will join Bryan Granger in conversation about his newest show at the Halsey Institute. This event will take place virtually, and it is free and open to the public.

Watch it at halsey.cofc.edu/live


The work of Dan Estabrook oscillates between image and object and back again. Using antiquated forms of photography, such as salt prints and tintypes, Estabrook examines the objecthood of photography and its ability to represent the truth. He often combines multiple tintypes or adds metal to his images, further commenting on photography’s connection to reality. His sculptural works become recreations of his photos, further blurring the line between image and object. Interested in the studio as a site for fabrication, Estabrook’s sleight of hand in creating still life tableaus asks viewers to reconsider why things appear as they seem.

Learn more here.

ARTIST TALK | Dan Estabrook

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
7:00 PM
Online at halsey.cofc.edu/live

ARTIST TALK | Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
7:00 PM
Online at halsey.cofc.edu/live

Join us for an artist talk with Jibade-Khalil Huffman on his exhibition You Are Here. Huffman will join Katie Hirsch in conversation about his newest show at the Halsey Institute. This event will take place virtually, and it is free and open to the public.

Watch it at halsey.cofc.edu/live


Jibade-Khalil Huffman mines images and texts, searching for latent meaning and hidden memories. Using a wide array of media including lightboxes, video, performance, photography, text, and installation, Huffman uses his work to expose power structures and racial dynamics in popular imagery. His heavily layered images beckon viewers to form connections between recognizable images and the personal pentimenti of our own existences. For You Are Here, Jibade-Khalil will create a new installation, building on the materials and themes he’s explored in recent years.

Learn more here.

ARTIST TALK | Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
7:00 PM
Online at halsey.cofc.edu/live

VIRTUAL CURATOR-LED TOUR FOR MEMBERS | Wunderkammer and You Are Here

Thursday, July 15, 2021
7:00 PM
via Zoom

Join the Halsey Institute staff and your fellow members for a fun and exclusive evening tour! Halsey Institute curators Bryan Granger and Katie Hirsch will lead you on a virtual tour of our current exhibitions Dan Estabrook: Wunderkammer and Jibade-Khalil Huffman: You Are Here. Explore the exhibition, get insider knowledge, and meet other Halsey Institute lovers!

RSVP to halseyRSVP@cofc.edu

This event is for all levels of Halsey Institute membership. To join the Halsey Institute family, click here or call (843) 953-5652 with questions.


The work of Dan Estabrook oscillates between image and object and back again. Using antiquated forms of photography, such as salt prints and tintypes, Estabrook examines the objecthood of photography and its ability to represent the truth. He often combines multiple tintypes or adds metal to his images, further commenting on photography’s connection to reality. His sculptural works become recreations of his photos, further blurring the line between image and object. Interested in the studio as a site for fabrication, Estabrook’s sleight of hand in creating still life tableaus asks viewers to reconsider why things appear as they seem.

Jibade-Khalil Huffman mines images and texts, searching for latent meaning and hidden memories. Using a wide array of media including lightboxes, video, performance, photography, text, and installation, Huffman uses his work to expose power structures and racial dynamics in popular imagery. His heavily layered images beckon viewers to form connections between recognizable images and the personal pentimenti of our own existences. For You Are Here, Jibade-Khalil will create a new installation, building on the materials and themes he’s explored in recent years.

VIRTUAL CURATOR-LED TOUR FOR MEMBERS | Wunderkammer and You Are Here

Thursday, July 15, 2021
7:00 PM
via Zoom
Free For All
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