The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, will present two new exhibitions from July 22 through Oct. 16, 2011. The Creative Spirit: Vernacular Art from the Gadsden Arts Center Permanent Collection, organized by the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy, FL, will be on view in the Main Gallery. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, and sculpture by the foremost self-taught artists of the American South.
The exhibit, In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, was co-organized by Worcester Art Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibition, on view in the Gibbes’ Rotunda Galleries, is the first retrospective of the brief – but important – career of portraitist Julien Hudson, one of the earliest documented free artists of color working in the 19th century.
Gibbes Museum of Art Related Programming:
On Friday, July 29, 2011, from 8-11pm – Society 1858 Summer Party – “Bitters & Twisted in the Salon D’Orleans”. The fee is $40 for Society 1858 members, $60 non-members (before July 15) $50 for Society 1858 members, $70 non-members (beginning July 15). Tickets at (www.gibbesmuseum.org/events).
On Friday, August 26, 2011, and Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at 1pm – Curator-Led Tour – Conducted by Sara Arnold, Gibbes Curator of Collections. Free with museum admission.
On Friday, August 12 and Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at 1pm – Curator-Led Tour – Conducted by Pam Wall, Gibbes Curator of Exhibitions. Free with museum admission.
On Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 10am – 1pm – Community Day: Folk Art. Museum visitors can enjoy art-making activities and special performances. Free.
For further information call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).