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Artist Talk and Tour with Stephen Marc

Friday, May 27 at 11:00am at the Gibbes Museum of Art

(May 16, 2011 - Charleston, S.C.) - Photographer and digital montage artist Stephen Marc will host a discussion and tour of his current Gibbes exhibition Stephen Marc: Passage on the Underground Railroad on May 27 at 11:00am. Marc will discuss his process and inspiration for this exhibition that explores the history of freedom-seekers on the Underground Railroad. The Artist Talk/Tour is free with admission to the museum.

Organized by the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Buffalo, New York, Stephen Marc: Passage on the Underground is on view in the Main Gallery through July 10, 2011. The exhibition opened in April, timed to coincide with the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Since 2000, Marc has taken thousands of photographs of more than 100 historic sites in over thirty states and in Canada. With this body of work, Marc combines contemporary images with historic documents and artifacts to create richly-layered objects that bring the past palpably into the present.

Stephen Marc: Passage on the Underground Railroad is comprised of two series: Underground Railroad sites and montages. In the sites series, Marc has documented the individual Underground Railroad locations with photographs taken inside and outside historical structures as well as the surrounding landscape. In the montage series, he marries the landscape to slavery through the use of plantation sites, primary source documents, and other remnants of slavery from diverse sources—many of them collected by the artist—and combines these with pertinent modern cultural references. Woven together digitally, the final images create narratives that generate insightful juxtapositions that help to tell the story of important sites plus the experiences that were occurring during and after the Civil War.

“Stephen is a fascinating artist and we are thrilled that he is able to join us in Charleston to shed some light on his working process and final product. He is full of great stories – this is a talk you don’t want to miss,” said Gibbes Curator of Exhibitions Pam Wall.

Stephen Marc
Stephen Marc received his BA from Pomona College in 1976 and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1978. He resides in Tempe, Arizona, where he is a Professor of Art at Arizona State University. Marc’s work has been featured in many exhibitions including the 2008 Gibbes exhibition Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art. In 2009, Marc received the Factor Prize for Southern Art presented by the Gibbes Museum of Art.

The publication Stephen Marc: Passage on the Underground Railroad was released by the artist in conjunction with the University Press of Mississippi. For this exhibition and publication, Marc has received ongoing support from Olympus Imaging America Inc., as well as from the National Park Service as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. The Gibbes exhibition is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Charleston magazine.

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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