February at the Gibbes Museum of Art

The Gibbes Museum of Art has exciting happenings on the calendar for February! Please see below for events and exhibitions rolling out this month.


Virtual Curator-Led Tour: In Body and Soul with Curator Sara Arnold, February 4

Guests are invited to explore the exhibition In Body and Soul: The Figure in Modernist Photography with Gibbes Museum curator, Sara Arnold. This virtual tour will be streamed through Facebook Live @TheGibbesMuseum.
Price: Free and open to the public 

Introduction to Scratchboard, February 6

The Gibbes invites visitors to join artist Stephen Herchak for this exciting introduction to scratchboard, inspired by the current exhibition Devotion and Fantasy: Witchcraft and the World’s End. Scratchboard, sometimes referred to as scraperboard, is a form of direct engraving where the artist scratches off dark ink to reveal a white layer beneath, producing an ultra-high contrast image. All supplies are included with tuition but students must bring a printed reference of more than one high contrast black and white image from which to work.
Price: $60 members | $70 non-members 

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered: Utopia, Dystopia, and Magical Thinking in Renaissance Europe, February 10

Inspired by the exhibition, Charleston Collects: Devotion and Fantasy, Witchcraft and the World’s End, this event is led by College of Charleston professor of history, Jason Coy; assistant professor of Islamic and Medieval art, Jessica Streit; and associate professor of architectural history, Nathaniel Walker. They will unpack some of the historical events, cultural figures and culture wars that produced the contrasting images of devotion, piety, witchery and destruction seen in this exhibition. The event will take place on Zoom and registrants will receive the link to the Zoom webinar one day before the event.
Price: $10 members | $15 non-members | $5 students/faculty with ID 

Virtual Flower Demo with Gretchen Cuddy, February 11

Gretchen Cuddy will walk participants through step-by-step to create a stunning centerpiece in this interactive, virtual demonstration.
Price: $ 5 members | $10 non-members 

Creating Characters and Stories: Illustration Workshop with Clare Pernice, February 13 

Young artists will learn how to create characters and stories while developing their own unique illustration style during this in-person session at the Gibbes. This workshop, for ages 8-11, will build on understanding characters and how illustrators find inspiration using different prompts, storyboards and art materials. At the end of each workshop, the students will have experience drawing different characters and mini story ideas. The workshop is instructed by professional picture book author and illustrator, Clare Pernice. There will be COVID-19 safety measures in place to ensure the safety of students, teachers, staff members and their families. The class has a limited capacity to maximize social distancing and there will be a limited number of shared materials. All students, teachers and staff much wear masks or face coverings. 

Illustration Workshop for Adults: Choosing the Best Style for Your Story, February 13
Illustration Workshop for Adults: Designing Characters, February 27

Professional storybook illustrator Clare Pernice will demonstrate illustration techniques and the design process involved in creating a picture book. There are four sessions this winter and each session will have a different focus, highlighting different aspects of the design and publication process and will allow students to experiment with different styles and media. Each workshop is a stand-alone course but students are encouraged to take as many sessions possible to learn more about the process.
Price: $60 members | $70 non-members 

Depth of Field: The Corporate Creation of Photojournalism and the Photography of Margaret Bourke-White, February 17 

Inspired by the exhibition, In Body and Soul: The Figure in Modernist Photography this series will bring together scholars from across the country for three virtual lectures that will put the contributions of the lensmen and lenswomen who helped define the 20th century into bold new artistic contexts. Lectures will discuss the emergence of photojournalism as a cultural phenomenon through the photography of Margaret Bourke-White; queer representations of glamour in interwar fashion photography through the work of Robert Platt Lynes; and a survey of the photography of Alfred Stieglitz. The lectures will take place via Zoom and registrants will receive the link one day before the event.
Price: $10 members | $15 non-members | $5 for students with ID 

Virtual Storytime at the Gibbes, February 18

In collaboration with the Charleston County Public Library, this virtual storytime will include stories inspired by temporary exhibitions and works in the permanent collection. Storytime will air on Facebook  @TheGibbesMuseum.
Price: Free and open to the public 

Saturday Morning Art Camp: The Art of Africa, February 20

Teaching artist, Janell Walker Smalls, will instruct this exciting morning of artmaking inspired by art and artists from around the world. Young artists will create their own African mask using geometric shapes and multiple mediums such as cardboard, raffia ribbons, paints, paper, stamps and more. Materials are included, but students can bring one snack (recommended) and must wear a mask or face covering. Class size is limited to allow for proper social distancing.
Price: $55 members | $65 non-members 

Disappearing Charleston, February 20

Past Visiting Artist, Andrea Hazel will explore Charleston’s past and present through the lens of her series How it Was…Charleston in 1963 and through the narrative Lowcountry-scapes depicted in Manning Williams: Reinventing Narrative Painting. The program will be broadcasted on Facebook Live @TheGibbesMuseum.
Price: Free and open to the public 

Arts Integration Professional Development: Art and Creative Writing, February 23

Inspired by the current exhibition Manning Williams: Reinventing Narrative Painting, the Gibbes is excited to offer a series of professional development sessions for K-12 educators. This webinar conducted over Zoom will focus on art and creative writing and will feature Marcus Amaker, Charleston’s Poet Laureate and Jonathan Sanchez, owner of Blue Bicycle Books. Each speaker will discuss how art can be leveraged in different ways across the curriculum to teach creative writing and literacy skills.
Price: Free and open to the public 

Gibbes Film in Focus: Eve’s Bayou, February 25

On February 25, the Gibbes will debut Gibbes Film in Focus, a three-part pilot film series that will expand the Museum’s diverse array of educational programming to include filmmaking, offering a safe place to watch great movies in the heart of historic downtown Charleston. To use film as an entry point for engaging people in the power of art and storytelling, the series will also promote culturally significant works by women filmmakers and filmmakers of color. Under the marquee Southern Gothic, this season’s slate of films will explore all the ghost stories, family secrets and dark, romantic mysteries that lurk in the landscape of American cinema.
Price: $10 adults | $5 students/faculty with ID 

Ongoing Special Exhibitions:

Manning Williams: Reinventing Narrative Painting, Through 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, click here.

In Body and Soul: The Figure in Modernist PhotographyThrough 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, click here.

Charleston Collects: Devotion and Fantasy, Witchcraft and the World’s EndThrough 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, click here.

-Submitted by The Gibbes Museum

(Image credit: gibbes museum.org)

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