The Gibbes Museum of Art has exciting happenings this January! Two new exhibits open on January 22, 2021. Manning Williams: Reinventing Narrative Painting features the works of Charleston native Manning Williams known for his realistic paintings that emphasize storytelling and portraying subjects found on the periphery of the city and along the barrier islands. In Body and Soul: The Figure in Modernist Photography features 30 photographs by renowed 20th-century photographers.
Guests are invited to explore the exhibition Manning Williams: Reinventing Narrative Painting with Executive Director of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi, MS, David Houston. This virtual tour will be streamed through Facebook Live @TheGibbesMuseum. To join the tour, visit https://bit.ly/3b1U1Hc.
Price: Free and open to the public
Literary Gibbes: A Virtual Book Club Discussion, January 22
The Gibbes Museum of Art invites visitors to join them for a book-club style discussion via Zoom in collaboration with Charleston County Public Library. Inspired by Charleston Collects: Devotion and Fantasy, Witchcraft and the World’s End, the discussion will discuss this exhibition’s intense and sometimes disturbing imagery alongside the novel titled Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. This story was the basis for the major motion picture “Arrival” and examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, beauty and wonder. The discussion will focus on the book and works in the exhibition and how individuals have different interpretations of an unpredictable and unsettling world.
Price: Free and open to the public
Manning Williams: Reinventing Narrative Painting, January 22 – April 18
Reinventing Narrative Painting is the first major retrospective of Manning Williams’s work since his death in 2012. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog published by Evening Post Publishing and will travel to the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA. Williams’s paintings are rooted in the history, traditions, and terrain of the South Carolina Lowcountry. A Charleston native and lifelong resident, Williams earned degrees from the College of Charleston and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His highly personal approach to realist painting emphasized storytelling and was fueled by an interest in portraying subjects that he found on the periphery of the city and along the barrier islands. Western subjects also commanded Williams’s attention, and during the later years of his career, his concern with narrative was expressed in a more abstract style. Reinventing Narrative Painting features 30 paintings from Williams’s prolific career that spanned more than 40 years. For images, visit https://bit.ly/3pDi2cC.
In Body and Soul: The Figure in Modernist Photography, January 22 – April 18
Drawn from the Robert Marks Collection, this exhibition features 30 photographs by renowned 20th-century photographers. From Alfred Stieglitz’s intimate composite portraits of Georgia O’Keeffe to Lewis Hine’s depictions of American laborers, modernist-era photographers radically shifted how the human body was captured on film and for what purpose. Employing a variety of techniques from cropping and zooming, to distortion and framing, modernist photographers explored the human figure for social, performative, voyeuristic and documentary purposes. Highlights include the work of Stieglitz, Hine, Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, George Platt Lynes and László Moholy-Nagy. For images, visit https://bit.ly/390z4tt.
Charleston Collects: Devotion and Fantasy, Witchcraft and the World’s End, Through June 27, 2021
This exhibition is a selection of art curated by Lawrence Goedde, Ph.D., professor of art history at the University of Virginia. The collection, which is comprised of objects created in the Low Countries and Germany between 1440 and 1590, showcases a world of contradictions and unease—whether the subject is a troubled Virgin Mary contemplating her young son, or a menacing group of malevolent figures inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, or Albrecht Dürer’s famous scenes from Revelations. For images, visit https://bit.ly/3oeHGmM.
-Submitted by The Gibbes Museum of Art
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