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Tabitha Vevers explores themes of power, pain, love, and liberation in her prolific series Lover’s Eyes. Inspired by traditional eye miniatures, a genre of portrait jewelry that became the height of fashion in the Georgian era, Vevers embraces historic painting techniques to create contemporary, jewel-like eye portraits in oil on Ivorine. Once worn as emblems of illicit affairs, eye miniatures, also known as lover’s eyes, were popularized in the eighteenth century by the Prince of Wales (later George IV) who sent his lover a miniature portrait of his eye as a memento. Vevers appropriates subjects from art history and popular culture to cleverly re-imagine the traditional male gaze from the perspective of a contemporary woman. This exhibition will complement the Gibbes’ collection of miniature portraits. The first American miniature portraits were painted in Charleston, and today the Gibbes is home to one of the most prestigious portrait miniature collections in the United States.
We are thrilled to announce our newest publication here at the Gibbes Museum, G is for Gibbes: A Museum ABC Book! This beautiful children’s book engages readers with works of…READ MORE
As 2019 draws to a close, Gibbes staff took a moment to pause and reflect on all that’s happened this year, and what we are grateful for. Below are just…READ MORE
This week on the blog, we continue our Staff Spotlight series with Katie Borges, Special Events Manager here at the Gibbes! How long have you been at the Gibbes? About…READ MORE
CHARLESTON, S.C., November 5, 2019 – The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce the finalists for the annual 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The 2019 finalists are…READ MORE