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Beyond Catfish Row: The Art of Porgy and Bess celebrates George Gershwin's famed opera, as interpreted by visual artists since its creation. The exhibition includes a number of paintings from the 1930s era, including works by American regionalist George Biddle, who illustrated the original Porgy and Bess libretto in 1935. Beyond Catfish Row also includes paintings by Gershwin himself and works by American modernist Henry Botkin, who accompanied the composer to Charleston while he wrote the opera.
The 1930s works are paired with more recent interpretations by contemporary artists Kara Walker and Jonathan Green. One of the foremost artists addressing issues of race, class, and gender in America, Walker created a suite of twenty lithographs as illustrations for the Porgy and Bess libretto published in 2013. Green served as the visual designer contributing to costume and set design for the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA production of Porgy and Bess.
In February 2014, the Gibbes took a group of museum members on a trip to Cuba. I was lucky enough to travel with the group and it was an incredible…READ MORE
The selection of fourteen photographs by major twentieth-century photographers now on view in Gallery 3 in the exhibition Magic in the Mundane: Modernist Photography features works by modern masters like…READ MORE
Introducing The Daily at the Gibbes: Beginning in early-2018, The Daily will assume operations of the Gibbes Museum Café installing a new concept and serving favorites from the Upper King…READ MORE
For the first time ever, the Gibbes offered a summer teen camp for ages 13 and up. Two week-long portrait study sessions were offered in June and July. Long-time Gibbes…READ MORE