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Gibbes Museum of Art Announces New Schedule of Exhibitions for 2013 - 2014

Wide Array of Exhibitions Slated

(Charleston, SC) – The Gibbes Museum of Art announces its new schedule of exhibitions on view in the museum’s special exhibitions galleries running from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Wall will present a variety of exhibitions including Photography and the American Civil War, a landmark exhibition on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Featuring more than two hundred of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War, this comprehensive exhibition will run from September 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014. Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection will be on view from January 17 – March 23, 2014. The work of 2012 Factor Prize winner John Westmark will be presented in a solo exhibition entitled, John Westmark: Narratives from April 4 – June 29.

In the Museum’s Rotunda Galleries, Curator of Collections Sara Arnold will present The Great Wave: Japonisme in Charleston from January 17 – March 23, 2014. Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st Century will be on display from April 4 – June 29.

“The upcoming year of exhibitions and programs focuses on a major priority of the Gibbes to be a leader in American Southern art. Our new schedule of exciting and important exhibitions exemplifies our commitment to this goal,” says Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack.

Throughout the summer, the museum has two special exhibitions on view—People’s Choice: A Community-Curated Exhibition in the Main Gallery and The Spoleto Watercolors of Stephen Mueller and Carl Palazzolo From the Collection of David and Carol Rawle in the Rotunda Galleries. Both exhibitions are on view through September 15. In addition, a new selection of objects from the museum’s collection is on view throughout the museum in the permanent exhibition titled The Charleston Story.

Newly announced exhibitions are:
Photography and the American Civil War
September 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Main and Rotunda Galleries

More than two hundred of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War have been brought together for this landmark exhibition. Through examples drawn from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s celebrated holdings of this material, complemented by important loans from public and private collections, the exhibition will examine the evolving role of the camera during the nation\'s bloodiest war. The \"War between the States\" was the great test of the young Republic\'s commitment to its founding precepts; it was also a watershed in photographic history. The camera recorded from beginning to end the heartbreaking narrative of the epic four-year war (1861–1865) in which 750,000 lives were lost. This traveling exhibition will explore, through photography, the full pathos of the brutal conflict that, after 150 years, still looms large in the American public\'s imagination.

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection
January 17 – March 23, 2014
Main Gallery

This exhibition examines the core concepts of the Romantic Movement as it unfolded in fine art of the American South. Having had its genesis in European literature and art, romanticism found its way into the cultural output of the young republic, both North and South. The same ideals that imbued the canvases of the Hudson River School also colored the art of painters who found their inspiration and audience below the Mason-Dixon Line. In this study of thirty-two artists represented in the Johnson Collection—including William Dickinson Washington, William Thompson Russell Smith, Gustave Henry Mosler, Thomas Addison Richards, Joseph Rusling Meeker, Robert Walter Weir, and Thomas Sully—the exhibition delineates the historical, social, and cultural forces that profoundly influenced their aesthetic sensibilities. Spanning the years 1810-1896, Romantic Spirits includes 35 paintings from the Johnson Collection.

The Johnson Collection was established by Spartanburg, South Carolina natives, George Dean Johnson, Jr. and Susan (Susu) Phifer Johnson, passionate philanthropists committed to enhancing the educational environment and cultural vibrancy of their hometown, state, and region.

The Great Wave: Japonisme in Charleston
January 17 – March 23, 2014
Rotunda Galleries

The Great Wave examines the influence of Japanese prints on the artists of the Charleston Renaissance period who found inspiration in the dynamic compositions and bold color schemes of woodblock prints created by masters of Japan’s ukiyo-e school. The exhibition features works from the Read-Simms Collection of Japanese prints accompanied by works produced by Charleston artists including, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Anna Heyward Taylor, and Antoinette Guerard Rhett.

John Westmark: Narratives
April 4 – June 29, 2014
Main Gallery

This exhibition showcases new work by John Westmark, a contemporary artist who weaves imaginative narratives into his large-scale paintings. Westmark explores the human figure in dynamic ways, through his innovative use of text and paper sewing patterns collaged on the canvas. His paintings depict strong courageous women, some portrayed as stoic martyrs and others as warriors engaged in conflicts of rebellion.

Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st Century
April 4–June 29, 2014
Rotunda Galleries

Since the invention of photography in 1839, the medium has constantly evolved with the development of new technologies. In the 21st century, photographic processes have shifted from the darkroom to the digital world, bringing new possibilities to the medium. Beyond the Darkroom examines a variety of photography-based works acquired over the past ten years for the museum’s permanent collection. Ranging from the text and photo-based works of Carrie Mae Weems to the digital montages of Stephen Marc, this exhibition showcases the great innovation in photography today.

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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