The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is pleased to present the next event in the Art with a Twist series, a lunchtime lecture with author Susan Sully. In her latest publication, “Houses with Charm: Simple Southern Style” (Rizzoli International Publications, Spring 2013), Sully explores southern antiques and architecture. During her lunchtime lecture at the Gibbes, audiences will enjoy a virtual tour through the 18th to the 21st century properties featured in the volume.
The lecture explores the two themes of the book—the South’s “Pure and Simple” vernacular architecture and the “Simple Elegance” with which homeowners combine fine antiques with relaxed surroundings. Ranging from a Creole plantation house in Louisiana, a Greek Revival row house in Savannah, a neo-vernacular country house in Mississippi, and a “cottage-Gothic” residence in Atlanta, the featured residences offer insights into the architectural history of the region. Integrating time-honored lessons of the past, a number of homes also incorporate contemporary design sensibilities, making them especially appealing for today’s sensibilities. Many designed by the South’s leading architects and interior decorators, these houses reveal the inspired approach to tradition and gracious simplicity that define Southern charm. “Susan will engage and educate our audience with fascinating details about the history of southern antiques and architecture,” says Angela Mack, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art.
A leading authority on Southern architecture and design, Susan Sully is the author and photographer of many books published by Rizzoli International Publications, including “The Southern Cosmopolitan” and “The Southern Cottage”. She has also co-authored books with leading Southern architects and interior designers including Bobby McAlpine, Phoebe Howard, and Norman Askins (forthcoming). A graduate from Yale University with a degree in art history, she has contributed articles to “The New York Times”, “Veranda”, “Martha Stewart Living”, “Southern Accents”, “Town & Country Travel”, and other publications. Her books have appeared in magazines including “Architectural Digest”, “Town & Country”, “House Beautiful”, “Traditional Home”, and “World of Interiors”. Sully lectures frequently on the subject of Southern architecture and design at organizations including Sotheby’s Institute and the Smithsonian’s National Building Museum. She also writes a blog called (www.southerncosmopolitan.com).
Monday, May 20 at 12noon: lecture and lunch
$20 Members, $30 Non-Members (includes boxed lunch)
For details and to purchase tickets please visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org/events) or call 843/722-2706 x 21.
Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Visit highlights of the Gibbes collection on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).