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Colin Quashie’s 80-by-63-inch canvas called “Strom’s Song: Looked Away, Looked Away, Looked Away Dixieland” shows the face of Strom Thurmond superimposed over an image of the Confederate flag and two Black men hanging from ropes. Assembled below are certain prominent people of South Carolina, including one Black man, who supported flying of the flag atop the state Capitol.

When the painting was included in a 1994 show arranged by the S.C. Arts Commission and hosted by the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, it nearly cost Halsey Director Mark Sloan his job.

A sitting legislator was on campus for a meeting, learned of the painting, which included him among the figures depicted, and demanded that then-President Alex Sanders fire the person responsible, according to Sloan. This was slander and insubordination, the legislator argued. (Sanders has said he can neither recall the details of the incident nor dispute Sloan’s account.)

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When it moved into the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts in 2010, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art finally had the space it needed – not just to host artists and display their work, but to expand its reach and stretch its vision for the future. And now, a decade later, the Halsey is taking a moment to look back and celebrate the shows and projects it has brought to the College of Charleston in the space of 10 years.

 

Featuring virtual content and artist interviews, the Halsey Institute’s 10-week project, titled 10 /10 – Reflections on a Decade of Exhibitions, is running entirely online from Monday, June 15, 2020, until Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, – each week exploring a different year of its exhibitions, partnerships and programs in the Cato Center.

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“Southbound” exhibit is now open to the public

Sat Jun 13, 2020
WTOK-TV Meridian, Ms.

A new exhibit focused on the visions of the south at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience is open to the public.

The new exhibition “Southbound” explores Photographs of and about the New South. The MAX and Meridian Museum of Art partnered to spit all 220 photographs and to showcase them in their museum. According to southboundproject.org, “The photographs echo stories told about the South as a bastion of tradition, as a region remade through Americanization and globalization, and as a land full of surprising scenes and colorful characters.” If you want to see the other half of the exhibit, the Meridian Museum of Art will open Tuesday to the public.

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The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience and the Meridian Museum of Art come together to present the exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South beginning Saturday for the general public.

Take a journey through the history, culture, environment and people since Reconstruction through the lenses of 56 photographers.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 6. Free with museum admission at The MAX; free and open to the public at The Meridian Museum of Art.

An opening reception will be held at the two venues Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The MAX and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Meridian Museum of Art.

Hors d’oeuvres + beverages will be served at The MAX, and desserts and coffee will be served at the museum. A cash bar will be available at both locations.

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Photographs of and about the New South’ opens June 12

Sat May 30, 2020
The Meridian Star

An exhibition comprised of 56 photographers’ visions of the South over the first decades of the 21st century will be a joint venture for two downtown Meridian venues.

“Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South” will be on display at The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) and the Meridian Museum of Art (MMA) simultaneously through September.

“Southbound” offers a composite image of the region. The photographs echo stories told about the South as a bastion of tradition, as a region remade through Americanization and globalization, and as a land full of surprising scenes and colorful characters. The project’s purpose is to investigate the senses of place in the South that congeal, however fleetingly, in the spaces between the photographers’ looking, their images, and our own preexisting ideas about the region.

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Seeing the New South

Fri Apr 24, 2020
UNC Greensboro

What does contemporary “Southerness” look like?

This is the challenge that UNCG geography professor Dr. Rick Bunch and his collaborators from the College of Charleston – Mark Sloan and Mark Long – took on in their book and exhibition, “Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.” In the project, fine art meets geography in a collaborative effort to depict and map the New South.

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Young Contemporaries 2020

Wed Apr 15, 2020
Charleston City Paper

You may not be able to enjoy this year’s Young Contemporaries exhibition in person, but the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is making it so that you can enjoy it online with a virtual exhibition. The annual show is a celebration of talented artists from the College of Charleston, with pieces that reflect the strength and diversity of practice in the School of the Arts’ programs.

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For more than three decades, budding artists have proudly displayed their work across a variety of mediums from photography and sculpture to painting and prints at the annual Young Contemporaries exhibition at the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Now in its 35th year, the Young Contemporaries competition faced a new challenge ahead of the exhibit’s opening on March 27 : How to share the students’ work in a virtual space instead of a traditional art gallery. The Halsey was forced to make the shift amid the College’s move to online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Once we realized that we wouldn’t be able to have the Young Contemporaries exhibition, we wanted to find another way to do it,” says Bryan Granger, director of exhibitions and public programs for the Halsey. “It’s an important show for us as it showcases some of the amazing work the students are doing at the College. As the rest of the world is turning to virtual options, we decided to create a virtual exhibition that would help recognize the students who are a part of this year’s Young Contemporaries.”

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For more than three decades, budding artists have proudly displayed their work across a variety of mediums from photography and sculpture to painting and prints at the annual Young Contemporaries exhibition at the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Now in its 35th year, the Young Contemporaries competition faced a new challenge ahead of the exhibit’s opening on March 27, 2020: How to share the students’ work in a virtual space instead of a traditional art gallery. The Halsey was forced to make the shift amid the College’s move to online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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New exhibit at Hunter Museum puts the new South on display

Sat Feb 08, 2020
Chattanooga Times Free Press

The new South is now on display, thanks to 200 images taken by more than 56 photographers, at The Hunter Museum of American Art as part of Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South

Organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, the exhibit showcases the history of the American South on film. The region is among the most culturally diverse and storied, and, therefore, photographed in the world.

These photographs, though relatively small in number, capture that diversity and vitality.

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