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OPENING RECEPTION | Only You Can Prevent A Forest

Friday, August 26, 2022
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries and Hill Exhibition Gallery

Join us to celebrate the opening reception of our next exhibition, Kirsten Stolle: Only You Can Prevent A Forest, on Friday, August 26, 6:30-8:00 PM. All College of Charleston students, faculty, and staff, and current Halsey Institute members receive free admission to our opening receptions. Non-members will be asked for a $5 donation.


Using appropriation, wordplay, and humor, Kirsten Stolle co-opts advertising strategies used by agrichemical corporations to resurface and critique company history. For her exhibition, Stolle will create photo-based collages, visual poetry interventions, text-based sound animation, a neon wall piece, and her first site-responsive sculptural installation. Building upon her decade-long research into companies like Bayer/Monsanto and Dow Chemical, the work will forefront historical ties to chemical warfare and reveal persistent greenwashing. Stolle’s work interrogates the global influence of chemical companies on our food supply and their consistent efforts to downplay effects of their toxic products on our health and environment.

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.

OPENING RECEPTION | Only You Can Prevent A Forest

Friday, August 26, 2022
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries and Hill Exhibition Gallery

ARTIST TALK | Only You Can Prevent A Forest

Saturday, August 27, 2022
2:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Join us for an artist talk featuring Kirsten Stolle in conversation with Halsey Institute director Katie Hirsch on the occasion of Stolle’s exhibition Only You Can Prevent A Forest at the Halsey Institute. The conversation will take place in the galleries and it is free and open to the public.


Using appropriation, wordplay, and humor, Kirsten Stolle co-opts advertising strategies used by agrichemical corporations to resurface and critique company history. For her exhibition, Only You Can Prevent A Forest,  Stolle will create photo-based collages, visual poetry interventions, text-based sound animation, a neon wall piece, and her first site-responsive sculptural installation. Building upon her decade-long research into companies like Bayer/Monsanto and Dow Chemical, the work will forefront historical ties to chemical warfare and reveal persistent greenwashing. Stolle’s work interrogates the global influence of chemical companies on our food supply and their consistent efforts to downplay effects of their toxic products on our health and environment.

ARTIST TALK | Only You Can Prevent A Forest

Saturday, August 27, 2022
2:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Curator’s Coffee Club | Only You Can Prevent A Forest

Friday, September 16, 2022
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Halsey Institute galleries

Join us for a casual morning of coffee, conversation, and an exhibition tour with the Halsey Institute’s curators and your fellow members in the Kirsten Stolle: Only You Can Prevent A Forest exhibition. The Curator’s Coffee Club is sponsored by Counter Culture Coffee in Charleston. 

This event is open to all levels of Halsey Institute membership. Not a member yet? Not a problem! Find out more about the benefits of membership here


Using appropriation, wordplay, and humor, Kirsten Stolle co-opts advertising strategies used by agrichemical corporations to resurface and critique company history. For her exhibition, Only You Can Prevent A Forest, Stolle has created photo-based collages, visual poetry interventions, text-based sound animation, a neon wall piece, and her first site-responsive sculptural installation. Building upon her decade-long research into companies like Bayer/Monsanto and Dow Chemical, the work will forefront historical ties to chemical warfare and reveal persistent greenwashing. Stolle’s work interrogates the global influence of chemical companies on our food supply and their consistent efforts to downplay effects of their toxic products on our health and environment.

Curator’s Coffee Club | Only You Can Prevent A Forest

Friday, September 16, 2022
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Halsey Institute galleries

The Artist in the Archive: The Art-Science Discoveries of Kirsten Stolle

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
7:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Join the Halsey Institute staff in the galleries for a lecture by the Only You Can Prevent A Forest exhibition essayist Hannah Star Rogers centered on the intersection of art and science in the work of Kirsten Stolle.

Hannah Star Rogers is an Art and Science Studies scholar, curator, and poet. She received her Ph.D. at Cornell University in Science & Technology Studies, where her research concerned the intersection of art and science, particularly critiques of science in contemporary art. She explores the question of how art and science work as categories to circumscribe bodies of knowledge. She is currently a Visiting Scholar in Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies (STIS) at the University of Edinburgh and lectures at the University of Virginia’s Engineering and Society department. 


Using appropriation, wordplay, and humor, Kirsten Stolle co-opts advertising strategies used by agrichemical corporations to resurface and critique company history. For her exhibition, Only You Can Prevent A Forest, Stolle will create photo-based collages, visual poetry interventions, text-based sound animation, a neon wall piece, and her first site-responsive sculptural installation. Building upon her decade-long research into companies like Bayer/Monsanto and Dow Chemical, the work will forefront historical ties to chemical warfare and reveal persistent greenwashing. Stolle’s work interrogates the global influence of chemical companies on our food supply and their consistent efforts to downplay effects of their toxic products on our health and environment.

The Artist in the Archive: The Art-Science Discoveries of Kirsten Stolle

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
7:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

WGS Intersections | Kirsten Stolle

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
5:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries and halsey.cofc.edu/live

Join us for a panel discussion organized by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston around themes explored in Kirsten Stolle: Only You Can Prevent A Forest. This event will take place in person with a virtual participation option at halsey.cofc.edu/live


Using appropriation, wordplay, and humor, Kirsten Stolle co-opts advertising strategies used by agrichemical corporations to resurface and critique company history. For her exhibition, Only You Can Prevent A Forest, Stolle will create photo-based collages, visual poetry interventions, text-based sound animation, a neon wall piece, and her first site-responsive sculptural installation. Building upon her decade-long research into companies like Bayer/Monsanto and Dow Chemical, the work will forefront historical ties to chemical warfare and reveal persistent greenwashing. Stolle’s work interrogates the global influence of chemical companies on our food supply and their consistent efforts to downplay effects of their toxic products on our health and environment.

WGS Intersections | Kirsten Stolle

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
5:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries and halsey.cofc.edu/live

Sit a Spell | Center for Sustainable Development

Thursday, November 10, 2022
12:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

The Sit a Spell conversation series aims to encourage thoughtful conversation on a variety of topics and issues presented in our current exhibitions in an intimate setting within the galleries. Join our featured facilitators, students from the College of Charleston’s Center for Sustainable Development, in the exhibition space for free-form conversations during your lunch break.


The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) is a hub for sustainability and sustainable development at the College of Charleston.

The CSD is a part of Facilities Management, and maintains strong accessibility by and connectivity to all members of our campus community. The existence of the Center signals a new chapter in the College’s esteemed history while placing this institution centrally into the emerging international efforts for sustainable development. The CSD directs the College’s Sustainability Action Plan with ambitious zero waste and carbon neutral goals.

Sit a Spell | Center for Sustainable Development

Thursday, November 10, 2022
12:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Family Day! | Only You Can Prevent A Forest

Sunday, November 13, 2022
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries and Hill Exhibition Gallery

Join the Halsey Institute staff and tour guides for a fun-filled family-friendly celebration of the current exhibition Kirsten Stolle: Only You Can Prevent A Forest. Enjoy guided tours for your family, art activities that explore the exhibition, healthy snacks, and more!

Halsey Institute members receive free admission to Family Day! events. All non-member families are asked for a $5 donation. To join the Halsey Institute family, please visit halsey.cofc.edu/sustain or call (843) 953-5652 to learn more about the benefits of membership.

Family Day! | Only You Can Prevent A Forest

Sunday, November 13, 2022
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Halsey Institute galleries and Hill Exhibition Gallery
Free For All
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