July at The Gibbes Museum

The Gibbes Museum of Art has some exciting events happening in July. See below for programming, events and ongoing exhibitions.


Sea to Shining Sea: A New Muse ConcertJuly 7, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Join the Gibbes for the next installment in the museum’s collaboration with New Muse. Hazy, Southern nights, foot-tapping fiddle tunes and traditional folk songs bring William Eggleston’s ground-breaking photographs of rural America to life. The concert will investigate how the everyday becomes art and how a contemporary Southerner and a romantic Czech composer translate the sights and sounds of America, in connection with the exhibition Charleston Collects: William Eggleston Photography. Performers will be Jennifer Higdon of Southern Harmony and Antonín Dvořák of American Quartet. To register, click here.
Price: Members: $30 | Non-members: $40 | Students and Faculty: $15 with a valid ID

Artist Talk with Daisy McClellan, July 9, 2022, 11:00 am. – 12:00 noon
A previous visiting artist at the Gibbes, Daisy McClellan will host an artist talk for visitors to learn more about her debut solo exhibit, A Home of Her Own, on display in the Art Sales Gallery during the month of July. The idea for this exhibit came from being in lockdown during the pandemic. Join Daisy as she shares more about her work and creative process.

Conserving Johnson’s Freedom Fighters, July 18, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Keara Teeter, Lunder Fellow in Paintings Conservation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, was instrumental in treating and preparing William H. Johnson’s Fighters for Freedom to travel. In this virtual presentation from the Lunder Conservation Center, Teeter will share examples and treatment case studies of these monumental figures that museum visitors have come to love over the spring in the exhibition Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice. To register for this virtual event, click here.
Price: Members: $10 | Non-members: $15 | Students and Faculty: $5

For Which it Stands: Brick by Brick, Black Women Breaking New Ground, July 28, 2022, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
William H. Johnson’s painting “Women Builders,” part of the Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice exhibition, celebrates the contributions of Black women to the enrichment of their communities. Inspired by this painting and in partnership with the Avery Research Center, the Gibbes will reprise their ongoing series For Which It Stands. Available in-person and virtually, join the Gibbes for a town hall-style discussion featuring past and present women leaders who, brick by brick, have played critical roles in historic movements for social change. From the Cigar Factory strikes of the 1940s to spearheading current-day land and food justice initiatives across the Lowcountry, this discussion will focus on art, activism and talking with women who shape our physical and sociopolitical landscapes. This event is free and open to the public, but guests must register in advance. Click here.
Price: Free

Other events

Gibbes Film in Focus: College Town, July 14, 2022, 6:00 – 8:00 pm 
Gibbes Film in Focus returns with a new suite of hand-picked films. The culture of college and school life has remained a fascination of the film industry for decades, from 1978’s Animal House to 2014’s Dear White People. This installment of the Gibbes Film in Focus explores the melting pot of the collegiate experience and what it really means to get an education with the film School Ties. In this 1992 American sports-drama, David Greene, portrayed by Brendan Fraser, is a Jewish high school student who is awarded an athletic scholarship to an elite preparatory school in his senior year. Greene attempts to conceal his heritage from his cohort in an effort to fit in and avoid discrimination. Other notable stars in the film include Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery, Cole Hauser, Ben Affleck and Anthony Rapp. For more information about the movie and to register for the event, click here.
Price: Adults: $10 | Students and Faculty: $5 with a valid ID

Art of Jazz: Kevin Patton Quartet, July 20, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
In collaboration with Charleston Jazz, the Gibbes presents this jazz concert with Kevin Patton Quartet. Kevin Patton is a composer, instructor and saxophonist from Charleston, SC and an alumnus of the College of Charleston. He has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto and Savannah Black Heritage Festivals, as well as at the Atlanta Heritage Music Festival, where he received the Maestro Award. In 2015, he released his album “Full Authority,” which merges his two main influences – gospel and jazz. Members of the quartet are Kevin, playing the saxophone, Todd Beals on the trumpet, bass player Will Harvey and drummer Miller Boone. To purchase concert tickets, click here.
Price: Members: $30 | Non-members: $35 | Students and Faculty: $10 with a valid ID

Curator-led Tour: A Closer Look, July 21, 2022, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Director of Education and Programs Becca Hiester will give visitors a closer look at some favorites in the Gibbes’ permanent collection.
Price: Members: Free | Non-members: Included with admission

Ongoing special exhibitions

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. For images, click here.

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. For images, click here.

William Eggleston: Photographs from the Laura and Jay Crouse Collection, Feb. 25 – Oct. 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. For images, click here.

-Submitted by The Gibbes Museum