February at The Gibbes

The Gibbes Museum of Art offers a new special exhibition, exhibition-related programming and other events in February. See below for more information on happenings at the museum.

New exhibition

Un/Natural Selections: Wildlife in Contemporary Art, February 3 – April 16, 2023
Wildlife images from the last two decades dynamically confront categorizations and speak to the significance of wildlife in art in unconventional ways. Organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Un/Natural Selections: Wildlife in Contemporary Art considers the diverse ways contemporary artists use animal imagery to address humanity’s interconnectedness with the natural world, exploring themes of tradition, politics, science and aesthetics to investigate the ways we use this imagery to tackle human concerns. For images, click here.   


Literary Gibbes Book Club | An Immense World, February 4, 2023, 10:30 am – 12 noon
Join the Gibbes Literary Book Club in person or virtually for a discussion of the novel An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Younginspired by the works featured in Un/Natural Selections: Wildlife in Contemporary Art. The book examines senses and how every kind of animal, including humans, is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of our immense world. Participants should register in advance by clicking here.
Price: Free and open to the public

Curator-led Tour, February 8, 2023, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Join the Gibbes’ director of curatorial affairs, Sara Arnold, for a special tour of the exhibition Un/Natural Selections: Wildlife in Contemporary Art. 
Price: Members: Free | Non-members: Included with admission

Family Lit | Intergenerational Book Club Discussion, February 11, 2023, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Gibbes is excited to announce a new series of intergenerational book discussions inspired by the popular Literary Gibbes group. Each young adult title will be selected to reflect themes in current exhibitions. This program is designed to foster communication around art and reading for all ages eight and above. An adult must accompany any child under the age of 18, and hopefully join in the conversation. Inspired by the current Greek Geometric exhibition, From Chaos to Order, this meeting will discuss the young adult novel Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Participants should register in advance by clicking here
Price: Free and open to the public

Animal Adventures Family Day, February 25, 2023, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Gibbes invites guests for a fun-filled day of animal pose yoga, art making, a photo booth, bunny cuddles and more fun for the whole family. From story time in the galleries to meeting animals in the garden, there will be something for everyone. For a detailed schedule of events, click here.
Price: Free and open to the public.

Gibbes Film in Focus | FernGully, February 25, 2023, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Gibbes Film in Focus returns with a suite of films that examine man’s relationship to and impact on our natural environment. From award-winning anime to speculative futures, join the Gibbes to unpack the effects of deforestation and pollution through the lens of great film making. The first film in the series will be FernGully: The Last Rainforest, following the magical inhabitants of a rainforest fighting to save their home that is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus. For more information and to register, click here.  
Price: Free and open to the public

Other events

Illustration Workshop Ages 8-10, February 4, 2023, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
In this creative workshop, author, illustrator and educator Clare Pernice shares a behind the scenes look at visual storytelling. Students will explore the world of book art and design, discover different illustration styles and practice drawing in a variety of mediums. Taking a classic or favorite story, they will sketch scenes with characters, perspective, setting and atmosphere using their imagination and individual style before completing a final original narrative illustration. For more information and to register, click here
Price: Members: $75 | Non-members: $85

Amy P. Coy Forum, February 10, 2023, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Join Society 1858 for an elevated lunch and learn to honor the 2022 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, Raheleh Filsoofi. Tennessee-based Filsoofi examines issues of land, ownership and immigration, utilizing the ancient art of ceramic and contemporary technology. For more information and to register, click here.
Price: Members: $45 | Non-members: $55

Society 1858 Winter Party, February 11, 2023, 8:00 – 11:00 pm
The Winter Party returns to honor this year’s 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art winner, Raheleh Filsoofi. Guests are invited to don their festive black-tie attire for light bites, bubbly and dancing for the annual fundraiser integral to sustaining the 1858 Prize. For more information and to purchase tickets in support of the 2023 prize, click here.  
Price: Society1858 Members: $125 | Non-Society 1858 Members: $150

Ongoing special exhibitions

From Chaos to Order: Greek Geometric Art from the Sol Rabin CollectionOctober 14, 2022 – March 5, 2023
The first exhibition of its kind, From Chaos to Order: Greek Geometric Art from the Sol Rabin Collection focuses on the aesthetics of Greek Geometric art. The exhibition, organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, features 57 objects from the Sol Rabin Collection, considered the most important Geometric Greek collection in private hands. This collection and exhibition reexamine the contributions and innovations of art during the Geometric period and its enduring legacy throughout classical antiquity. For images, click here.

-Submitted by The Gibbes Museum