Simons Center for the Arts

Location:161 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Upcoming events

  • Aug-23-19 6:30 pm - Aug-23-19 8:00 pm

    Join the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art to celebrate the opening reception of their newest exhibitions, "Katrina Andry: Over There and Here is Me and Me" and "Colin Quashie: Linked"
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    PLEASE NOTE:

    After much thought and consideration, we have decided to implement a new approach to admission costs at our opening receptions. In years past, we have provided food and drink for members and visitors alike, all free of charge. Faced with some College-wide financial cutbacks we have decided that beginning in fall 2019, College of Charleston students, faculty, and staff, and current Halsey Institute members receive free admission to our opening receptions. All non-members will be charged $5 admission. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we adjust our programming in a new budgetary climate.

    Correlating programming and admission to the galleries for the duration of the exhibitions is and will remain free and open to the public.
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    ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS:

    The work of Katrina Andry probes the power structures of race-based stereotypes. For her exhibition at the Halsey Institute, Andry will explore the stereotypes that engender gentrification. Using printmaking and installation, she creates visceral images that beckon viewers to examine their own preconceived notions of society. As Charleston’s neighborhoods are rapidly changing in multifarious ways, this exhibition will provide a springboard for community-wide conversations on gentrification.

    Colin Quashie creates images that comment on contemporary racial stereotypes. Combining historical relics and artifacts with icons from past and present popular culture, Quashie sharply critiques the way people of color are portrayed in modern visual culture. Using his signature caustic wit, he blends images to allow viewers to more fully explore how images of African Americans and Black culture are constructed today.

    In his latest series, called Linked, Quashie juxtaposes images of well-known Black figures with other representations of artifacts to comment on stereotypes as they exist today. In Gabriel, Quashie tweaks an image of Louie Armstrong, updating his signature trumpet with a set of slave shackles. Similarly, in Rose Colored, he creates an image of Harriet Tubman donning a pair of rose-colored glasses, referencing the abolitionist’s view of slaveholders, for whom she still held a level of empathy. With these works, Quashie teases out underlying stereotypes, exposing them for all to see more plainly.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS:
    halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions
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    MEMBERSHIP:

    Join the Halsey Institute today to get free admission to all our opening receptions in addition to a variety of stratified perks! Memberships begin at $40 for individuals.

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