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The Gibbes Museum of Art September Roundup



This September, The Gibbes Museum of Art is opening a new special exhibition, Light Effects: The French Impressionists. Along with the exhibit, the Gibbes will hold related virtual and in-person programs. See details below for Light Effects and other programming happening this September.

New Special Exhibition and related programming:

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.


The Evolution of Style: French Impressionism (Virtual), Sept. 9 | 6 p.m. — 7 p.m.

Elena Ratcheva, Senior Fine Art Advisor & Appraiser with The Fine Art Group, along with Shane Hall Southeastern Regional Representative of The Fine Art Group, will take a deep dive into works of our newest exhibition, Light Effects. Looking at some of the early styles by well-known artists represented in this show, Ratcheva will consider how these artists developed their craft into trademark styles we associate with Impressionism, her experience in acquiring exhibited artists for private collections including comments on Impressionism and the fine art market today.

Price: $10 members | $15 non-members | $5 Students/Faculty with Valid ID


Curator-led Tour with Sara Arnold (Virtual), Sept. 16 | 2:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Explore Light Effects: The French Impressionists with Director of Curatorial Affairs, Sara Arnold. This tour will be streamed through Facebook Live @theGibbesMuseum and is free and open to the public.

Price: Free to all


Fine Arts Professional Development: French Impressionism (In-Person), Sept. 25 | 1:30 p.m.—3 p.m.

Join teaching artist Martha Criscuolo for an art lesson inspired by Light Effects: The French Impressionists. Martha will provide a lesson plan and detailed instructions along with hands-on demonstration for you to add this dynamic activity into your classroom. Class participation includes admission to the Gibbes Museum of Art. Class size is limited. Masks are required for all program attendees.

Price: Free


Other Programming:

The Art of Black and White (HOLGA) Photography with Kevin Foltz, Sept. 11 | 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Redux is collaborating with The Gibbes Museum of Art and photographer and Redux Studio Artist J. Kevin Foltz for this specially tailored 2-weekend workshop where participants will have a full experience of film photography using a medium format HOLGA camera, and including a curated, guided tour of The Gibbes photography collection. Following this tour, students will participate in taking photos, processing film, and making prints in Redux’s darkroom.

Price: $435 members | $545 non-members


Women of the Floating World: Image and Representation, Sept. 14 | 6 p.m.

Join Mary Beth Heston, Ph.D. professor of Asian Art at the College of Charleston to explore the complex world of women in ukiyo-e prints inspired by Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints in the Read-Simms Collection. This is a virtual lecture.
Price: $10 members | $15 non-members | $5 Student/Faculty with Valid ID


Ongoing special exhibitions:

Japonisme in Charleston: Alice Smith and Her Circle, Present – Oct. 3, 2021

Early 20th century Charleston artist Alice Ravenel Huger Smith was one of many American artists to react to the western dissemination of Japanese prints. In a companion exhibition to Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection the wave of enthusiasm for the Japanese aesthetic in Charleston will be explored through the works of Smith and other artists who embraced the tenets and techniques of Japanese art.


Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection, Present – Oct. 3, 2021

The Gibbes Museum of Art is home to one of the most significant collections of Japanese woodblock prints in the Southeast. This exhibition will present 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. The Read-Simms Collection reflects the full range of popular print subjects by master Ukiyo-e artists of the Edo period, from famous 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.

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