Archive for November, 2009

Upcoming Community Day

Mark your calendars for the next Jr. League of Charleston Community Day at the Gibbes on Saturday, December 12. This free day of family fun will help you get in the holiday spirit with hands-on activities for children, musical performances by Ashley Hall and Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, face painting, and much more! Admission is free from 10am-1pm, click here for more information.  We hope to see you at the Gibbes!

Children's activites

Children's activites

Musical performance from last December's Community Day

Musical performance during last December's Community Day

 

Community Day is made possible through the generous support of the Jr. League of Charleston.

Women in Art: Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and Elnora M. Brown, the granddaughter of Miss Bertha, pictured in the background.

Photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and Elnora M. Brown, the granddaughter of Miss Bertha, pictured in the background.

Another packed house enjoyed the final installment of the Women in Art lecture series, a phenomenal talk given by photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. Jeanne captivated the audience with tales of her journeys to Daufuskie Island during the late 1970s and early 1980s, accompanied by her husband, the late tennis star Arthur Ashe. During her visits, Jeanne captured intimate images of island residents on film.

At the close of the lecture, several audience members shared recollections of their relatives who were included in Jeanne’s photographs. One woman, Carlette Geddis, recounted meeting Jeanne and Arthur on Daufuskie Island as an eleven-year-old girl. The stories were incredibly moving, and made for a special night for all of those in attendance.

Carlette M. Geddis with photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.  Ms. Geddis is the cousin of the girl in the photograph.

Carlette M. Geddis with photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. Ms. Geddis is the cousin of the girl in the photograph.

The crowd listens to Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

The crowd listens to Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Book signing following the lecture

Book signing following the lecture

Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe will be on view at the Gibbes through January 10, 2010.
 

Special thanks to the Center for Women and Duvall Catering & Event Design.

Brian Rutenberg Opening Reception and Preview

Kevin Mooney, artist Brian Rutenberg, Marnie and Marc Chardon

Kevin Mooney, artist Brian Rutenberg, Marnie and Marc Chardon

The crowd for the Brian Rutenberg opening reception and preview was as colorful as the incredible works on view. It was clear that the lingering excitement from Brian’s lecture the night before brought back many enthusiasts to enjoy another evening full of festivities and, of course, Brian and his wife Katie’s charming presence.

After members enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine all graciously provided by Gibbes, etc., Brian led an illuminating tour of the highly acclaimed exhibition inspired by the beautiful vistas of the Lowcountry.  Guests also enjoyed previewing the lovely photographs included in the exhibition Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.

Be sure to mark your calendars for January 21, 2010 to join the Gibbes for our next opening reception and preview of Lure of the Lowcountry, mixed-media photographs by John Folsom and Whistler’s Travels, etchings and lithographs by James McNeill Whistler.  This reception is for members only—click  here to join the Gibbes.

Van Campbell, artist Brian Rutenberg, Susan Campbell, Gale and Jerry Messerman

Van Campbell, artist Brian Rutenberg, Susan Campbell, Gale and Jerry Messerman

Megan and Robert Lange

Megan and Robert Lange

Elizabeth Hall, Paolo Dalla Zorza, and Darcy Shankland

Elizabeth Hall, Paolo Dalla Zorza, and Darcy Shankland

Katie and Brian Rutenberg

Katie and Brian Rutenberg

Special thanks to Gibbes, etc., and our friends at In Good Taste, Bar Belles and Hamby Catering.
Photographs courtesy of Charleston Picture Company.

New Acquisition

Church Street, Charleston, 1944, by Karl Zerbe (American, 1903 – 1972), encaustic on canvas, museum purchase, 2009.008

Church Street, Charleston, 1944, by Karl Zerbe (American, 1903 – 1972), encaustic on canvas, museum purchase, 2009.008

The Gibbes recently acquired a work entitled Church Street, Charleston by Karl Zerbe (1903 – 1972). A German-born artist, Zerbe came to the United States in 1934 to escape Nazi rule. Prior to his arrival in the US, Zerbe was recognized as one of Germany’s most promising young artists. He settled in the Boston area, and in 1936 was named Head of the Painting Department at the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, a position he maintained until 1953.  By the 1940s, Zerbe along with his contemporaries Jack Levine and Hyman Bloom achieved national recognition as leaders of the Boston Expressionists School. Zerbe frequently experimented with new painting processes and is credited with reviving the ancient technique of encaustic, a medium which became his mainstay during the 1940s.

Zerbe made his first sojourn to Charleston in 1940, undoubtedly influenced by his relationship with native Charleston artist, William Halsey. Halsey studied under Zerbe at the Museum School in Boston from 1937 to 1939 and credits Zerbe as one his most significant mentors. Painted in the figurative expressionist style, Zerbe’s depiction of Church Street is a unique interpretation of a commonly painted Charleston scene. This painting was first exhibited at the Gibbes in 1962 during a retrospective exhibition of Zerbe’s work organized and traveled by the American Federation of the Arts. Now a part of the Gibbes permanent collection, you can see this exciting new work on view in the Welcome Gallery.

 

Want to see more of the museum’s collection?  Click here to browse our online collections search.

Women in Art

It’s not too late to buy tickets for the incredibly popular Women in Art lecture series!  A sold out crowd enjoyed the Sargent’s Women lecture and reception on November 4, and a limited number of tickets remain for the events on November 11 and November 18.

A sold out crowd enjoyed the Nov. 4 lecture on Sargent's Women

Sargent's Women lecture on Nov. 4

On November 11, Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack will give a talk on Women of the Gibbes, offering an insider’s look at the women artists, collectors, and philanthropists who have shaped the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Angela Mack

Angela Mack

On November 18, join artist Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe as she shares stories about her career and her compelling group of photographs that document life on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.  Following the lecture, Moutoussamy-Ashe will be available to sign copies of her book Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.

Self Portrait by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Self Portrait by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Both lectures will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.  Click here to purchase tickets. 

The Women in Art lecture series is being presented in partnership with the Center for Women.

Christo Kickoff

On October 24th, the Gibbes held a kickoff party to build excitement and support to bring world renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Charleston next April.  Hosted at the beautiful home of Steve and Laura Gates, the festivities included great food, lively conversation, and an eye-catching installation by artist John Dunnan.  The excitement was palpable as guests donned pink fabric scarves (inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands in Biscayne Bay) to show support for the upcoming event. 

Angela Mack and Kathleen Rivers

Angela Mack and Kathleen Rivers

Kate Nevin, Mimi Van Wyck, Carl Mabry, Linann Harder, and Ham Morrison

Kate Nevin, Mimi Van Wyck, Carl Mabry, Linann Harder, and Ham Morrison

Angela Mack, Laura Gates, Alice Wyatt, John Dunnan, and Marnie Chardon

Angela Mack, Laura Gates, Alice Wyatt, John Dunnan, and Marnie Chardon

Artist John Dunnan's installation on Meeting Street

Artist John Dunnan's installation on Meeting Street

Esther and Jim Ferguson, Laura Gates, and Angela Mack

Esther and Jim Ferguson, Laura Gates, and Angela Mack

Elizabeth and Julia Santen

Elizabeth and Julia Santen

Jeb Hallet and Ned and Susan Payne

Jeb Hallet and Ned and Susan Payne

Save the date for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s visit on April 13, 2010.  The event will include a public lecture at Memminger Auditorium followed by a party at the Gibbes.  Tickets go on sale December 1, 2009—click here for more information.

Interested in helping the Gibbes bring Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Charleston?  Contact Elliott DeMerell, Director of Development, at (843) 722-2706, ext. 24 or edemerell@gibbesmuseum.org.

Photographs courtesy of Charleston Picture Company.

Painting the Masters, Part II

To celebrate a successful Painting the Masters class, students held an art show on October 27th to share their work with family and friends.  Organized by teacher Janet Hopkins, the event included refreshments and big smiles from all of the proud artists! 

Selie Feldman and her father

Selie Feldman and her father

Cameron King and her parents

Cameron King and her parents

Julia Wall and her beautiful paintings

Julia Wall and her beautiful paintings