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The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum Announces 2007 Program

The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum opens Antiques Week in Charleston, March 14 – 18, 2007

(Charleston, SC) – The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum announces the program for its tenth season, March 14 – 18, with ticket packages now on sale. Presented in partnership with the Gibbes Museum of Art, the 2007 Forum is entitled “Celebrating American Masterpieces: 18th and 19th Century Fine and Decorative Arts” and launches Charleston’s Antiques Week. This project is funded in part by The Humanities CouncilSC , a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Forum opens March 14 with the Keynote Address by Wendell D. Garrett, Editor-at-Large of The Magazine Antiques and Senior Vice President at Sotheby’s New York. The schedule continues with a fascinating series of lectures by prominent experts from major museums, historic properties and private collections; the opportunity to view extraordinary paintings, furniture, silver, porcelain, and memorabilia; beautiful receptions in landmark buildings; and, to conclude on March 18, a special tour of the Lowcountry and brunch in a historic home.

Jean Y. Helms, Chair of The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum, states: “Charleston, one of America’s most historic and vibrant cities, is the perfect venue to present nationally recognized experts in the fine and decorative arts fields. The best in scholarship, coupled with warm Southern hospitality and other Antiques Week offerings, makes Charleston ‘the place to be’ in March for collectors, scholars and all who are interested in learning.”

The upcoming Forum program, “Celebrating American Masterpieces,” complements two special exhibitions on view at the Gibbes Museum of Art: Southern Masterpieces: Charleston before 1835 showcases Charleston furniture, paintings and objects from private and public collections, while Grandeur Saved: Photographs of the Aiken-Rhett House by Michael Eastman highlights the importance of historic preservation through large-scale photographs of the Aiken-Rhett House, the most intact antebellum townhouse complex in Charleston.

“As partnering organizations, the Gibbes and the Art & Antiques Forum are able to reinforce each other’s programming,” according to Todd Smith, Gibbes Executive Director. “Objects exhibited in the museum are illuminated by the newest research into their historical and cultural context, which then deepens appreciation for these wonderful works, their makers and their provenance.”

Featured presenters on the 2007 Forum schedule are Carrie Rebora Barratt, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Luke Beckerdite, Editor, American Furniture, Williamsburg, VA; Michael K. Brown, Bayou Bend Collection, Houston, TX; Charles H. P. Duell, Middleton Place Foundation, Charleston, SC; Michael Eastman, photographer, St. Louis, MO; Stuart P. Feld, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, NY; Ralph Harvard III, antiquarian, New York, NY; Eleanor Harvey, The National Museum of Art, Washington, DC; Carol Huber, Stephen & Carol Huber Antiques Samplers, Old Saybrook, CT; Dr. Henry C. Landon III, collector, North Wilkesboro, NC; J. Thomas Savage, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, Winterthur, DE; Todd D. Smith, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC; and Stephanie E. Yuhl, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

A dedicated group of volunteers organizes the Charleston Art & Antiques Forum. In keeping with its focus on scholarship, the Forum is designating all 2007 proceeds to benefit education and outreach programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Ticket packages are now available. To receive the 2007 program brochure, write The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum; c/o Gibbes Museum of Art; 135 Meeting Street; Charleston, SC 29401; call (843) 722-2706, extension 25; or visit HYPERLINK <a href=""><strong></strong></a>

“Celebrating American Masterpieces: 18th and 19th Century Fine and Decorative Arts”

Wednesday, March 14, 2007</b>
7:00 p.m.
<i> World Dreams, New World Realities: The Arts of Provincial American Culture</i>
Keynote Address and Reception with Wendell D. Garrett, Senior Vice President, American Decorative Arts, Sotheby’s New York; Editor-at-Large, The Magazine Antiques Keynote Address and Evening Reception take place at Ashley Hall.

<b>Thursday, March 15, 2007 </b>
All lectures take place at the Gibbes Museum of Art

9:30-10:30 a.m.
<i>Cricketeers, Grand Tourists and Peacocks: Masterpieces of American Portraiture and Their Lively Subjects</i>
Carrie Rebora Barratt, Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Manager of The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

10:45 -11:45 a.m.
<i>Making an Uncollectible Collectible: American Silver 1810 to 1835</i>
Stuart P. Feld, President and Director, Department of American Decorative Arts, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York.

1:30-2:30 p.m.
<i>“A Man of Genius”: Reconsidering Washington</i>
Allston Todd D. Smith, Executive Director, Gibbes Museum of Art.

2:45-3:45 p.m.
<i>Adventure of Finding Family Treasures to Complete a Family Collection</i>
Charles H.P. Duell, President, Middleton Place Foundation.

<b>Friday, March 16, 2007</b>
All lectures take place at the Gibbes Museum of Art

9:30-10:30 a.m.
<i>American Furniture in the Chipstone Collection</i>
Luke Beckerdite, Scholar; Author; Editor, American Furniture

10:45 -11:45 a.m.
<i>Reinventing the Smithsonian American Art Museum</i>
Eleanor Harvey, Chief Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

1:30-2:30 p.m.
<i>A Bridge to America’s Past: Ima Hogg’s Bayou Bend Collection
Michael K. Brown, Curator, Bayou Bend Collection</i>

2:45-3:45 p.m.
<i>All that Glitters is not Gold: Needlework Pictures for the Parlor
Carol Huber, Co-owner, Stephen & Carol Huber Antique Samplers, Old Saybrook, CT</i>

<b>Saturday, March 17, 2007</b>
All lectures take place at the Gibbes Museum of Art

9:30-10:30 a.m.
<i>Furnishing the Great Mansions of the South:
Documented Furnishings from Southern Colonial Homes</i>
Ralph Harvard III, Antiquarian; Founder, Ralph Harvard Inc., New York

10:45 -11:45 a.m.
<i>Master's Piece: The Making of Historic Charleston</i>
Stephanie E. Yuhl, Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

12:00 noon
<i>Book Signing: A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston</i>
Stephanie E. Yuhl

2:00-3:30 p.m.
<i>Thrill of the Search: Collectors’ Round</i>
Table Moderator: J. Thomas Savage, Director of Museum Affairs, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate Participants: Charles H. P. Duell, President, Middleton Place Foundation; Stuart P. Feld, President, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc.; Dr. Henry C. Landon III, Collector of Fine and Decorative Art

5:00-7:00 p.m.
<i>Candlelight Reception and Tour of the Aiken-Rhett House with Michael Eastman</i>, Photographer with covers for Time and Life; represented in major US museums; Gibbes Museum of Art featured artist

<b>Sunday, March 18, 2007</b>

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
<i>Tour of the Lowcountry and Brunch in an Historic Beaufort Home with J. Thomas Savage</i>, Director of Museum Affairs Winterthur Museum and Country Estate

Southern Masterpieces, on view February 9 – April 29, 2007 at the Gibbes Museum of Art, speaks to the growing national interest in fine and decorative art of the South. Featuring The Rivers Collection of significant Lowcountry furniture and silver arranged within the context of paintings and sculpture from the Gibbes permanent collection, along with select objects from public and private collections, Southern Masterpieces offers a comprehensive exploration of Charleston's taste and refinement from the eighteenth through the early nineteenth century.

Recognizing that significant pieces of Charleston furniture and silver were dispersing outside the Charleston area, John M. Rivers, Jr. whose family has been in Charleston continuously since 1670, began forming The Rivers Collection in 1988. Instilled with the same spirit possessed by E. Milby Burton, former director of the Charleston Museum and author of the groundbreaking publication entitled Charleston Furniture: 1700-1825, Mr. Rivers has effectively supplemented the work of public museums in an effort to preserve the rich heritage of Charleston and the surrounding region. <u>Southern Masterpieces will offer the first public showing of objects from this collection.</u>

Large scale photographs invite reflection on the past and questions about the future of Charleston’s historic structures in the exhibition Grandeur Saved: Photographs of the Aiken-Rhett House by Michael Eastman. On view January 12-May 13, 2007, Grandeur Saved coincides with the 2007 Antiques Week in Charleston and is presented in conjunction with the 2007 Art and Antiques Forum benefiting the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Built in 1818, the Aiken-Rhett house stands alone as the most intact townhouse complex showcasing urban life in antebellum Charleston. The Aiken-Rhett house showcases three distinct periods of architectural design. Its original Adam style features were modified in 1836 in the Greek Revival style. An art gallery addition in 1858 added a Victorian influence. The property includes an extensive collection of outbuildings including the original carriage house, stable, kitchen building, slave quarters and privy.

Under the ownership of William Aiken in 1833, the Aiken-Rhett house was one of the most impressive residences in Charleston. One hundred and seventy-two years later, the house piqued the interest of Michael Eastman, a photographer renowned for his striking use of color. Eastman captured the structure’s rich hues and textures in epic proportions, with some of the prints measuring as large as seven by nine feet. Owned by the Historic Charleston Foundation since 1995, the Aiken-Rhett House and outbuildings are being preserved and interpreted as a museum site for visitors to enjoy. Eastman’s photographs celebrate the Foundation’s work while emphasizing the importance of historic preservation. <u>Grandeur Saved at the Gibbes is the first public showing of this exhibition.</u>

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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