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Gibbes Museum of Art Shares June Happenings



The Gibbes Museum of Art recently shared their June happenings. You can see the list below!


Virtual Curator-Led Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection with Becca Hiester, June 3

Guests can explore the Gibbes’ permanent collection with the Director of Education and Programs, Becca Hiester. The tour will be streamed through Facebook Live @theGibbesMuseum and is free and open to the public.

Price: Free


The Art of Black and White (HOLGA) Photography with Kevin Foltz, June 5, 6, 12 & 13

Redux Contemporary Art Center is collaborating with the Gibbes for this specially tailored two-weekend photography workshop. Participants will have the full experience of film photography using a medium format HOLGA camera and a guided tour of the Gibbes’ photography collection. Following the tour, students will take photos, process film and make prints in Redux’s darkroom. Students will need to bring their own HOLGA 120N Medium Format Film Camera for this workshop.

Price: $435 members | $545 non-members *member pricing applies to Gibbes and Redux members


Virtual Storytime at the Gibbes, June 17

In partnership with the Charleston County Public Library, the Gibbes is hosting a virtual storytime inspired by temporary special exhibitions and works in the permanent collection. The storytime will air on Facebook Live @theGibbesMuseum and is free and open to the public.

Price: Free


Art of Jazz, June 23

As Charleston’s main visual arts museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art boasts a permanent collection that takes visitors from the colonial era through to the present. For the summer, the museum is partnering with Charleston Jazz for the Art of Jazz series featuring original compositions inspired by the works on view. The concert dates are; June 23, July 21 and Aug. 25 all from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Price: $30 Members | $40 Non-Members


Pop-up Delights with Past Visiting Artist Jen Swearington, June 26

Jen Swearington, a past Artist-in-Residence at the Gibbes, will lead this pop-up workshop. Jen has traveled to more than a dozen countries for several month-long international artist residencies in Bulgaria, Mexico, Finland, and Greece. On these adventures, she filled sketchbooks with drawings and created “Homeward,” her ongoing series of carousel pop-up books and “Shadow House” architectural papercut sculptures. She will instruct participants to create a range of amazing structures from cards, to a multi-layered accordion-fold diorama within a hard-cover book during this in-person session.

Price: $85 members | $100 non-members


Special Exhibitions

Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection, April 30 – October 3, 2021

Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection will showcase 60 exceptional and rare prints amassed by Charleston collector, Motte Alston Read, and his sister, Mary Read Hume Simms of New Orleans, during the first decades of the 20th century, a period often referred to as the “Golden Age” of print collecting. The Read-Simms Collection was donated to the Gibbes in 1947 and reflects the full range of popular print subjects by master Ukiyo-e artists of the Edo period, from dramatic Kabuki theater actors, portrayed by Suzuki Harunobu and Tōshūsai Sharaku in the 18th century, to vibrant landscapes by Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai in the 19th century.


The exhibition is accompanied by a beautiful, fully illustrated catalog featuring entries by Japanese fine art specialist, Sebastian Izzard Ph.D., and an in-depth essay on the collectors by Sara C. Arnold and Stephen G. Hoffius.


Japonisme in Charleston: Alice Smith and Her Circle, April 30 – October 3, 2021

Japonisme is a French term coined to describe the craze for Japanese art and design that first gripped the West in the late nineteenth century. In a companion exhibition to Lasting Impressions, the wave of enthusiasm for the Japanese aesthetic in Charleston will be explored through the works of native artist Alice Ravenel Huger Smith who was one of many American artists to react to the western dissemination of Japanese prints. A close friend and neighbor of collector Motte Alston Read, Smith had unfettered access to Read’s growing library of Japanese prints and she studied them intently. A watercolor specialist and one of Charleston’s most prolific artists, Smith discovered a shared reverence for nature in the work of Japanese artists, which greatly impacted her artistic trajectory. Japonisme in Charleston: Alice Smith and her Circle will feature works by Smith and other Charleston artists who embraced the tenets and techniques of Japanese art.


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.

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