When the Gibbes Museum opened in 1905, the nation celebrated what Charleston has always understood: the power of art – to inspire our imagination, heal our hurt, and nourish our souls.

Christo Kickoff

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On October 24th, the Gibbes held a kickoff party to build excitement and support to bring world renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Charleston next April.  Hosted at the beautiful home of Steve and Laura Gates, the festivities included great food, lively conversation, and an eye-catching installation by artist John Dunnan.  The excitement was palpable as guests donned pink fabric scarves (inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands in Biscayne Bay) to show support for the upcoming event.

Angela Mack and Kathleen Rivers
Angela Mack and Kathleen Rivers
Kate Nevin, Mimi Van Wyck, Carl Mabry, Linann Harder, and Ham Morrison
Kate Nevin, Mimi Van Wyck, Carl Mabry, Linann Harder, and Ham Morrison
Angela Mack, Laura Gates, Alice Wyatt, John Dunnan, and Marnie Chardon
Angela Mack, Laura Gates, Alice Wyatt, John Dunnan, and Marnie Chardon
Artist John Dunnan's installation on Meeting Street
Artist John Dunnan’s installation on Meeting Street
Esther and Jim Ferguson, Laura Gates, and Angela Mack
Esther and Jim Ferguson, Laura Gates, and Angela Mack
Elizabeth and Julia Santen
Elizabeth and Julia Santen
Jeb Hallet and Ned and Susan Payne
Jeb Hallet and Ned and Susan Payne

 

 

 

 

Save the date for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s visit on April 13, 2010.  The event will include a public lecture at Memminger Auditorium followed by a party at the Gibbes.  Tickets go on sale December 1, 2009—click here for more information.

Interested in helping the Gibbes bring Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Charleston?  Contact Elliott DeMerell, Director of Development, at (843) 722-2706, ext. 24 or [email protected].

Photographs courtesy of Charleston Picture Company.

 

Published November 6, 2009

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