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Gibbes Museum of Art Launches New Film and Photography Series

Southern Gothic film poster with movie titles and screening dates

The Gibbes Museum of Art, home to one of the foremost collections of American art, will celebrate the art and storytelling power of film and photography with the launch of an all-new, in-person film series, Gibbes Film in Focus, and a virtual lecture series, Depth of Field: Perspectives on 20th Century Photography. Launching in February 2021, both programs will coincide with the Gibbes’ upcoming exhibition, In Body and Soul: The Figure in Modernist Photography, on display from January 22 – April 18.

“We are thrilled to share the illustrious mediums of film and photography with our community,” says Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. “The Gibbes always strives to inspire and engage our audiences in new ways as well as provide opportunities to learn, discover and experience new art and artists.”

Gibbes Film in Focus

On February 25, the Gibbes will debut Gibbes Film in Focus, a three-part pilot film series that will expand the Museum’s diverse array of educational programming to include filmmaking, offering a safe place to watch great movies in the heart of historic downtown Charleston. To use film as an entry point for engaging people in the power of art and storytelling, the series will also promote culturally significant works by women filmmakers and filmmakers of color. Under the marquee Southern Gothic, this season’s slate of films will explore all the ghost stories, family secrets and dark, romantic mysteries that lurk in the landscape of American cinema. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and faculty with ID.


  • February 25 at 6:00 p.m., Eve’s Bayou, directed by Kasi Lemmons
  • March 25 at 6:00 p.m., A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan
  • April 22 at 6:00 p.m., Daughters of the Dust, directed by Julie Dash

Depth of Field: Perspectives on 20th Century Photography

On February 17, Depth of Field: Perspectives on 20th Century Photography will bring together scholars from across the country for three virtual lectures that will put the contributions of the lensmen and lenswomen who helped define the 20th century into bold new artistic contexts. Lectures will discuss the emergence of photojournalism as a cultural phenomenon through the photography of Margaret Bourke-White; queer representations of glamour in interwar fashion photography through the work of Robert Platt Lynes; and a survey of the photography of Alfred Stieglitz. The lectures will take place via Zoom and registrants will receive the link one day before the event. Tickets will be $10 for members, $15 for non-members and $5 for students and faculty with ID.


  • February 17 at 6:00 p.m., The Corporate Creation of the Photojournalism: Life Magazine and Margaret Bourke-White in World War II with professor of art history at the University of New York at New Paltz, Beth E. Wilson
  • March 10 at 6:00 p.m., Queering Glamour in Interwar Fashion Photography: The ‘Amorous Regard’ of George Platt Lynes with professor of history at the University of Toronto, Elspeth H. Brown
  • April 7 at 6:00 p.m., A lecture focused on the legacy of trailblazing photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

The Gibbes’ upcoming exhibition, In Body and Soul: The Figure in Modernist Photography, features 30 photographs by renowned 20th-century photographers. From Alfred Stieglitz’s intimate composite portraits of Georgia O’Keeffe to Lewis Hine’s depictions of American laborers, modernist-era photographers radically shifted how the human body was captured on film and for what purpose. Employing a variety of techniques from cropping and zooming, to distortion and framing, modernist photographers explored the human figure for social, performative, voyeuristic and documentary purposes. Highlights include the work of Stieglitz, Hine, Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, George Platt Lynes and László Moholy-Nagy.

*Film in Focus was funded in part by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program through their joint administration of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

Published January 13, 2021

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