For Immediate Release

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


Two Exhibitions on View December 17, 2010 – March 27, 2011 at the Gibbes

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art in the Main Gallery and J. Henry Fair: Industrial Scars in the Rotunda Galleries

(September 15, 2010 - Charleston, SC) – The Gibbes Museum of Art will present two new exhibitions beginning December 17, 2010. Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, organized by the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, offers an overview of modern and contemporary art and features significant 20th and 21st century artists such as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Robert Motherwell. J. Henry Fair: Industrial Scars, organized by the Gibbes, showcases the artist’s arrestingly beautiful, large-scale aerial photographs that document environmental degradation caused by industrial processes.


Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, features works of major artistic accomplishment from the permanent collection of the Ulrich Museum. The Ulrich built a collection of rare distinction with more than 7,000 modern and contemporary works of art, and Art of Our Time includes over forty objects culled from this collection that showcases the art of our time.

This exhibition explores the sweep of artmaking over the past 100 years from Robert Henri’s 1917 painting Gregorita with the Santa Clara Bowl to Zhang Huan’s photo-documentation of his 2000 performance Family Tree, from the expressive strokes of Robert Motherwell’s 1976 Les Caves No. 2 to the digital animation of Jeremy Blake’s 2001 video Mod Lang. In addition to paintings, photographs, and video, the collection includes sculptures, prints, and drawings that provide rich examples of such key artistic movements as early American modernism, abstract expressionism, pop, and minimalism. Photography is a particular collection strength of the Ulrich Museum, and stunning prints by Diane Arbus, Eugéne Atget, Edward Weston, Margaret Bourke-White, W. Eugene Smith, and Nan Goldin will be on view. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University is made possible through the generous support of Emprise Bank and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsors include the Joan S. Beren Foundation, Edward and Helen Healy, Harry Pollak and Richard D. Smith, and Sondra M. Langel. Support has also been provided by Jon and Kelly Callen, Mike and Dee Michaelis, Jayne S. Milburn, Christine F. Paulsen-Polk, and the Wichita State University Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research.
The Gibbes exhibition is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the member auxiliary group Gibbes, etc., and Charleston magazine.

Related Programming:
Charleston Chamber Opera Presents “American Masters”

American Masters features feature music from some of America's most treasured 20th century composers inspired by objects in the Art of Our Time exhibition
Gibbes Museum of Art Rotunda
Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 3pm
$15 for museum members and students and $25 for non-members (museum admission is included)


J. Henry Fair: Industrial Scars features the large-scale aerial photographs of Charleston native, J. Henry Fair. Drawn to sites where the land and waterways have been drastically changed by the effects of mining or manufacturing of coal, petroleum, fertilizer, and paper pulp, Fair captures brilliantly colored, abstract images that are at once aesthetically pleasing and intellectually unsettling. The vibrant colors, rich textures, and intriguing patterns that Fair presents are often reminiscent of the canvases of non-objective, modernist painters. Yet in reality, Fair’s images are more journalistic in nature, where content is not sacrificed for the sake of aesthetics.

Though Fair photographs sites all over the world, this exhibition highlights images that Fair has taken of industrial sites in the southeastern United States over the last five years, including recent images of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

J. Henry Fair
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Fair adopted the camera as his medium at an early age. In 1980, he moved to New York and began a photography career becoming well-known for his portraits of musicians, singers, and other performers. His passion for conservation and the environment led Fair to co-found and direct the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, New York in 1999. WCC is an environmental organization that houses, protects and propagates wolves, and educates the public about the world’s many endangered wolf species. Fair has spent the past decade focusing on his Industrial Scars project. His first book, The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis will be released in 2011.

J. Henry Fair: Industrial Scars is sponsored by U.S. Trust and Charleston magazine.

Related Programming:
Artist Talk and Tour by J. Henry Fair

Gibbes Museum Rotunda
December 17, 2010, 2:30pm
Free with museum admission

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