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Charleston Jazz Initiative/College of Charleston Presents Ann Caldwell: Singed, Burned, Branded, ‘Buked and Scorned

A Musical Response to Stacy Lynn Waddell Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art

(September 15, 2010 - Charleston, SC) – The Gibbes Museum of Art is partnering with the Charleston Jazz Initiative to offer an afternoon of art and music on Sunday, October 17 at 3pm. Vocalist Ann Caldwell will respond to the Gibbes special exhibition Stacy Lynn Waddell: The Evidence of Things Unseen with dialogue and a selection of music. In The Evidence of Things Unseen, visual artist Stacy Lynn Waddell burns, singes, and brands paper and fabric to create works that explore differing perceptions of American history and culture. The exhibition is on view through December 5, 2010.

In the Rotunda Gallery surrounded by Stacy Lynn Waddell’s innovative works, soloist Ann Caldwell will perform the music of Thelonious Monk “Round Midnight,” Paul Webster and Sonny Burke “Black Coffee,” Abel Meeropol “Strange Fruit,” and enslaved African ancestors “Poor Pilgrim, Lord How Come Me Here?.” Stacy Lynn Waddell’s creative technique and the Negro spiritual “I Been Buked and I Been Scorned” serve as the inspiration for Caldwell’s musical selections, all of which will be performed a cappella and interwoven with Ann’s thoughtful commentary.

“We are delighted to partner with the Charleston Jazz Initiative and Ann Caldwell on this pairing of music and art. The Evidence of Things Unseen is Stacy Lynn Waddell’s first solo museum exhibition and I can think of no better person to respond vocally to Stacy’s objects than soloist Ann Caldwell,” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack.

Tickets for Singed, Burned, Branded, ‘Buked and Scorned are $10 for museum members and students and $20 for non-members (museum admission is included in the ticket price). Tickets can be purchased online at, at the Gibbes Museum Store, or by calling 722-2706 x22. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Ann Caldwell
As a jazz and blues singer, Ann Caldwell is greatly influenced by the past. She has performed a series of centennial concerts devoted to the music of Duke Ellington and formed the Magnolia Singers to perform the spirituals of times past. Jazz and blues are rich in tradition and history and Caldwell seeks to preserve this musical form.

Charleston Jazz Initiative
The Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI), a multi-year project based at the College of Charleston, documents the African American jazz tradition in Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and its diasporic movement throughout the United States and Europe from the late 19th century through today with oral histories, an archival collection, public programs, and creative projects.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401