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Our fall 2022 intern Gracie picked a few pieces in the "Kirsten Stolle: Only You Can Prevent A Forest" exhibition to draw our attention towards. Using appropriation, wordplay, and humor, Asheville-based artist Kirsten Stolle co-opts advertising strategies used by agrichemical corporations to resurface and critique company history. For her exhibition, Stolle created eye-catching photo-based collages, visual poetry interventions, text-based sound animation, a neon wall piece, and her first site-responsive sculptural installation.
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We are excited to share some lesson plans created by artist and educator Katie Brash designed to be used with the current "Kirsten Stolle: Only You Can Prevent A Forest" exhibition.
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Our summer intern Grace wrote this blog post about the cultural and historical impacts of the Casta painting genre referenced in Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez’s paintings in her current exhibition. Casta paintings is a genre popularized in eighteenth-century Spanish Colonial Central and South America that purported to depict a racial and social taxonomy of children born of racially mixed couplings. Friedemann-Sánchez’s contemporary casta paintings take inspiration from this problematic genre to reflect on the legacy of colonialism that lingers in the racial and social discrimination and marginalization present in her home country of Colombia and here in the United States.
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Our summer intern Ella takes a dive into the larger visual novel Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez is creating. Her Casta Paintings on view in Pinturas de Casta and the Construction of American Identity is Chapter 6 of Mestiza Dos Veces. Check out the rest of this blog post to learn more about this impressive look at an overlooked American experience.
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Our summer intern Dionah took time to reflect on the connective themes between the to current exhibitions, Kukuli Velarde: CORPUS and Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez: Pinturas de Casta and the Construction of American Identity. While the artworks in these exhibitions are visually very different, Dionah shares how both artists use honesty to discover other parts of the world and the effect on attempting to diminish one’s past brings about a stronger and longer fight for preservation.
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CORPUS is comprised of ceramic and fabric works that encourage reflection on the meaning of survival in the face of colonialism. Fifteen ceramic sculptures, each with matching tapestries, are presented in a symbolic representation of the annual Corpus Christi festival in Cusco, Perú. The sculptures reference indigenous pre-Columbian forms and iconographies in a visual representation of syncretic aesthetic, cultural, and religious traditions. In this blog post, our summer intern Matty shares specific examples of this visual blend.
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Kukuli Velarde's CORPUS is comprised of ceramic and fabric works that encourage reflection on the meaning of survival in the face of colonialism. Fifteen ceramic sculptures, each with matching tapestries, are presented in a symbolic representation of the annual Corpus Christi festival in Cusco, Perú. The sculptures reference indigenous pre-Columbian forms and iconographies in a visual representation of syncretic aesthetic, cultural, and religious traditions. In this blog post, summer intern Zola marks the annual Catholic Corpus Christi celebration referenced in CORPUS by joining the artist in asking exhibition viewers to consider the connection between cultural tourism and the expectation of displayed cultural authenticity?
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Browsing in the Biblioteca

Fri Jun 10, 2022
Our summer intern Katherine browsed around in our reference library in the galleries, Biblioteca, to find titles that reflect themes or aspects of the exhibition on view. Check out this post for a few books she discovered then come by the galleries to explore the Biblioteca, and the exhibitions, for yourself!
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It's hard to believe that it has been five years since Rock Hill-based artist Tom Stanley's sgraffito paintings filled the Halsey Institute's galleries. In this post, summer intern Ella Mackinson shares an interesting project that Stanley was completing while also preparing for his exhibition here, Scratching the Surface. He was commissioned by the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) to design a public art installation at the Tom Hunter Station for the Lynx Blueline rail line located on North Tryon Street.
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On our guided tours with classes for this exhibition we've been getting questions from students around the print making process. Our Education Coordinator EJ designed a great activity inspired by the Young Contemporaries 2022 exhibition. The best way to learn about an art making process is to dive in and get your hands dirty. It's Spring Break this week for Charleston County School District, so perhaps you can try this with the young learners in your circle? As with any art making, there is no age limit on participation, so let's get started!
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