For Immediate Release

Media Contacts: Melanie Mathos / Hannah Nuccio
Lou Hammond & Associates /
(843) 371-1363 / (843) 410-5306


JoAnn Verburg: Interruptions - Photographs of Spoleto, Italy Featured in Gibbes Exhibition Opening May 28

Exhibition Presented in Partnership with Spoleto Festival USA

(March 26, 2010 - Charleston, South Carolina) – The Gibbes Museum of Art will present the exhibition JoAnn Verburg: Interruptions in the Rotunda Galleries from May 28 through August 22, 2010. Organized in conjunction with Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, the exhibition features recent portraits and large single and multi-panel architectural prints made in Spoleto, Italy. JoAnn Verburg: Interruptions is offered in partnership with Spoleto Festival USA, the premier international arts festival that runs throughout Charleston from May 28 through June 13, 2010.

JoAnn Verburg photographs the narrow streets and passageways of the historic center of Spoleto, Italy, an ancient Umbrian city where she and her husband, poet Jim Moore, live part-time. The images depict angled building facades, receding courtyards and transitory corridors that emphasize the subjectivity of perception and observation through calculated shifts in her camera's focus and perspective. In contrast, Verburg's tightly cropped, close-ups of Spoleto's residents are timeless yet grounded compositions. These portraits remain elusive and at the margins of a specific place and time, however, with no immediate reference to their surroundings at-large. When viewed together, the cityscapes become backdrops into which the photographed individuals could wander at any time.

Verburg has exhibited her work extensively in the United States and abroad. Most recently, The Museum of Modern Art mounted Present Tense, a mid-career exhibition that traveled to the Walker Art Center (2007-08). A hardcover catalog published by Steidl accompanies JoAnn Verburg: Interruptions. The catalog includes an essay by Walter Liedtke, Curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

“This exhibition allows us to showcase a world-renowned photographer while reinforcing the connection between the festival in Charleston and the city of Spoleto. JoAnn Verburg’s body of work features the residents and architecture of Spoleto with an emphasis on the intersection between past and present—a concern as relevant for Charleston as it is for the city of Spoleto” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack.

This exhibition was made possible by funding from US Trust, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and Marion and Wayland Cato.

Related Programming

Artist Talk by JoAnn Verburg
Friday, May 28
Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members

JoAnn Verburg
JoAnn Verburg (b. 1950) received a BA in sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has held teaching positions at Yale University and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Verburg is the recipient of numerous honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1986), multiple artist fellowships from the Bush Foundation (1983, 1993) and the McKnight Foundation (1994, 2004), and a Rockefeller Foundation Residency at the Bellagio Conference and Study Center, Bellagio, Italy (1998).

Her work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions and can be found in permanent collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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.

135 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC | 29401