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Literary Gibbes: A Virtual Book Club Discussion

Left: <i><b>Deep South, Untitled (Tree with Two Streaks)</i>, 1998</b>, by Sally Mann (American, b. 1951); gelatin silver print; Museum purchase with funds provided by Colonel Charles Blackmon, Mr. Martin S. Ackerman, Mr. and Mrs. James Denby and Lyle Blair Torrey, Jr. in honor of Anton Vreede; 2016.007

Left: Deep South, Untitled (Tree with Two Streaks), 1998, by Sally Mann (American, b. 1951); gelatin silver print; Museum purchase with funds provided by Colonel Charles Blackmon, Mr. Martin S. Ackerman, Mr. and Mrs. James Denby and Lyle Blair Torrey, Jr. in honor of Anton Vreede; 2016.007

Join us for a virtual book-club style discussion in collaboration with Charleston County Public Library inspired by the photograph Deep South, Untitled (Tree with Two Streaks), 1998, by Sally Mann in the Permanent Collection and currently on display in the Modern and Contemporary Gallery at the Gibbes. In 1998 Sally Mann traveled throughout the Southeast photographing in Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi for her Deep South series. In her 2005 publication of the same name, Mann wrote, "to identify a person as a Southerner suggests not only that her history is inescapable and formative but that it is also impossibly present." This presence of history pervades Mann's work and is heightened by her use of nineteenth-century, wet collodion photography techniques.

In Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, Sally Mann looks back over her life's work as a photographer for its sources in family, place, and mortality. Turning to the boxes of family papers in her attic for inspiration, she says, "I will confess that in the interest of narrative I secretly hoped I'd find a payload of southern gothic: deceit and scandal, alcoholism, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land, abandonment, blow jobs, suicides, hidden addictions, the tragically early death of a beautiful bride, racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of a prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder. . . . And I did: all of it and more." Lively with incident, conversational and confessional in tone, with a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's memoir makes readers feel as if they are having a conversation with her in her studio or walking with her on her beloved family farm in Virginia.

The discussion will focus on the book and work in the exhibition. Please read the book so you can participate in the discussion. For more information, contact Becca Hiester at 843-722-2706x237 or [email protected].

The discussion will take place on Discord, a chat-based website. You can access the Literary Gibbes channel here. For more information about Discord, and help with setting up an account, check out the library's website.

Free digital access to this title is available through Overdrive and the Charleston County Public Library. It is also available to check out through circulation.
Hold Still

This program is in collaboration with the Charleston County Public Library.

Please Note: This book club will be done virtually, and NOT held at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Discussion is free for all, but please register in advance.

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