by Nick Smith
The Gibbes Museum of Art on Meeting St. has been looking to the future since Todd Smith took over as director just over a year ago.
A Now! exhibit of contemporary work by young artists featured digital photography, video art and macrame scultpures last October. This Summer, the Rotunda has been filled with another piece of video art, the Citadel-set Like Tears in Rain by Janet Biggs.
But right next to it is a distinctly old-school Rodin exhibit, full of dark dramatic sculptures by the famed French artist. And it's the sculpture show, not the new-fangled video installation, that's been controversial. The Rodin works were cast after his death - he gave the French Government permission to do it - calling into question the validity of art when it's reproduced. It looks the same but is it as important as the real deal, created while the artist was alive?
Today (Aug 12) if the last day to catch Rain and Rodin. The Gibbes is open from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays; admission ranges from $5-9.