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An Opportunity to Meet and Celebrate Artist William Christenberry at the Gibbes

Two special events planned on January 27 with photographer whose exhibition is currently on view

(Charleston, SC) –The imaginative photography of William Christenberry is currently showcased in the Main Gallery at the Gibbes Museum of Art in the exhibition titled William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005. Ranging from his Brownie photographs of the early 1960s to his later work with a large-format camera, the exhibition, on view through March 16, is a survey of this artist’s poetic documentation of southern vernacular architecture, signage and landscape that captures moments of quiet beauty in a sometimes rustic terrain. On Sunday, January 27, the Gibbes will host artist William Christenberry for two special events:

Charleston Symphony Orchestra String Quartet to Perform a Musical Response to William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005
On Sunday, January 27th at 2:30pm, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra String Quartet will perform a recital of music chosen in response to the exhibition. In the intimate setting of the Rotunda in the Gibbes Museum of Art, the principal string players of the Charleston Symphony will perform a recital of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, opus 95, Serioso and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1, From My Life. In their first Charleston recital together, Violinists Yuriy Bekker and Alan Molina, violist Jan-Marie Joyce and cellist Louise Dubin, will explore the relationship between aural and visual art. After viewing a selection of Christenberry’s photographs, the CSO String Quartet chose two very different musical works which both evoke an intense and innate connection with one’s physical surroundings.

Tickets for the recital can be purchased at the Gibbes or online at Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $7 students and seniors (includes performance, museum admission and 4:00 lecture). Museum members are admitted free.

A Conversation with William Christenberry (in the Gibbes Rotunda)
On Sunday, January 27 at 4:00pm, artist William Christenberry will discuss his perspective on art, photography and the work on view during this special conversation with Todd Smith, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. This event, supported by the Friends of Contemporary Art and the South Carolina Arts Commission, is free with museum admission.

William Christenberry
Along with such masters as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, William Christenberry (b. 1936) is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of color photography. He is world renowned for his photography, sculpture, drawings and paintings that pay tribute to his roots in rural Alabama. Christenberry has been a professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C. since 1968. His work can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art in New York; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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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