February at The Gibbes Museum

The Gibbes Museum of Art has some exciting programming in the month of February. See below for events and programs happening next month.

New special exhibitions:

William Eggleston: Photographs from the Laura and Jay Crouse Collection, February 25 – October 9, 2022
It is said that William Eggleston’s unique ability to conflate the epic and the everyday has made him one of the most impactful figures in late twentieth century photography. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Eggleston first photographed his local environs in the 1950s in black-and-white but became one of the first fine art photographers to use color to record his observations in a more heightened and accurate way. Today his strikingly vivid, yet enigmatic images of parked cars, billboards, storefronts, diners and other artifacts of the ordinary world are considered groundbreaking. The photographs presented in this edition of the Gibbes’ Charleston Collects exhibition series were selected from the Laura and Jay Crouse Collection and represent many of the pioneering artist’s most notable works.


Bridgerton Comes to Charleston, Feb. 9, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Inspired by the Emmy-nominated original series and cultural sensation, Bridgerton, the Charleston Symphony returns to the Gibbes for a special performance based on the period drama’s stellar soundtrack, which takes a classical approach to contemporary pop hits.
Price: Members: $30 | Non-Members: $40 | Students and Faculty: $15 with valid ID

Society 1858 Winter Party, Feb. 11, 2022, 8:00 – 11:00 pm
The Winter Party returns on February 11. Don your festive black tie for light bites, bubbly and dancing for the annual fundraiser integral to sustaining the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Purchase your tickets in support of this year’s prize, as well as exhibition and educational programming at the Gibbes.
Price: $125

P.U.R.E. Concert Series Valentine’s Special, Feb. 12, 2022, 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm
The Gibbes Museum of Art has partnered with The ZD Experience for the P.U.R.E. (Peace, Unity, & Revival through Entertainment) Concert Series. This Valentine’s special will feature LaFaye, star of “Simply the Best: A Tribute to Tina Turner.” P.U.R.E. concert series was created to uplift and send positive vibrations to our creative community and supporters of live music.
Price: Members: $35 | Non-Members: $40

Other programming:

Curator-Led Tour: A New Deal, Feb. 3, 2022, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Explore the ongoing exhibition A New Deal: Artists at Work with Director of Curatorial Affairs, Sara Arnold. The Gibbes is one of a select few institutions across the country that houses a historic collection of artwork from the Federal Arts Project under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This tour will be in person, and it is free and open to the public.

Saturday Morning Art Camp, Feb. 5, 2022, 10:00 am.– 1:00 pm
Students ages seven to ten can join teaching artist Janell Walker Smalls for this fun morning of artmaking. Young artists will learn about the life and art of William H. Johnson, inspired by the current exhibition Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, and will paint a self-portrait in the style of William H. Johnson. All materials are included, but students are encouraged to bring a water bottle and a snack.
Price: Members: $55 | Non-Members: $65

Watercolor Workshop with past Visiting Artist Andrea Hazel, Feb. 12, 2022, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Led by past visiting artist Andrea Hazel, participants will learn the basics of how water and paint behave on paper. With guidance, students will paint a landscape scene set in the Lowcountry free of structures – focusing on the skies, water and plants found in the region. Other topics to be explored include the presentation and conservation of watercolor paintings under glass and plexiglass, as well as varnishing watercolor paintings and mounting on wood panels.

Image Matters: Picturing Political and Cultural Leaders, Feb. 17, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
From the bust of Julius Caesar to the Obama portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald respectively, there is great power in picturing political leadership. Join the Gibbes for a virtual discussion about the influence of visual culture on how we remember and regard contemporary and historical political and cultural leaders.
Price: Members: $10 | Non-Members: $15 | Students and Faculty: $5 with valid ID

Gibbes on the Go: Florence County Museum, Feb. 22, 2022, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Discover more about artist William H. Johnson, from the ongoing exhibition Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, in his hometown of Florence, S.C. Curator Stephen Mott will lead guests on a special tour of Florence County Museum’s Kindred Spirit: The Personal Worlds of William H. Johnson. After the tour, enjoy lunch at a local nearby favorite restaurant. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Florence, S.C.
Price: Members: $70 | Non-Members: $80

Ongoing special exhibitions:

Light Effects: The French Impressionists, Sept. 3, 2021 – Feb. 20, 2022
The works of French masters Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and others drawn to the short loose brushstrokes, bright colors, and focus on modern life that became the language of Impressionism are highlighted in this exhibition. Featuring artworks from private collections located across the country, including Charleston, this show is part of the Gibbes collectors’ exhibition series and is organized with the assistance of The Fine Art Group. Images: bit.ly/3A5hNfr

Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, Jan. 21 – Aug. 7, 2022
William H. Johnson’s Fighters for Freedom series is a tribute to African American activists, scientists, teachers, performers and international heads of state working to bring peace to the world. On view at the Gibbes from Jan. 21 – Aug. 7, 2022, this exhibition is the first-ever presentation of this series in Johnson’s home state of South Carolina. Fighters for Freedom presents well-known Fighters such as Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson and Mahatma Gandhi, as well as some lesser-known individuals whose equally important determination and sacrifice have been eclipsed over time. Images: bit.ly/3EFvqDq

A New Deal: Artists at Work, Jan. 21 – Aug. 7, 2022
The Federal Art Project was formed under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s ambitious Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs that sent millions of unemployed Americans back to work during the Great Depression, including more than 5,000 artists. The Federal Art Project afforded opportunities to a diverse group of artists, including women, African Americans and recent immigrants, resulting in a collection of artwork intended to uplift the national spirit and encourage creativity in the face of great challenges. The Gibbes is one of a select group of institutions across the country that houses a historic collection of Federal Art Project prints. Images: bit.ly/3rPlDry

-Submitted by The Gibbes Museum