The Gibbes Museum of Art recently announced their schedule of exhibitions for the next fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011. “The artists and themes we have chosen to showcase underscore our commitment to serve as a link to the art of our past and a bridge to the art of our future,” Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack said in a release.
After the Modern Masters and JoAnn Verburg exhibits close in August, we’ll get two new exhibits starting Sept. 3. Face Lift, in the main gallery, will offer a fresh look at trends in American portraiture from the 18th century to today. It will pull from pieces in the Gibbes’ collection along with a few from private collections. In the Rotunda Gallery, Stacy-Lynn Waddell’s The Evidence of Things Unseen explores perceptions of American history and culture. The emerging artist uses innovative techniques like burning, singeing, and branding paper and fabric.
In December, Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art in Kansas will take over the main gallery, with works from contemporary artists like Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Robert Motherwell. In the Rotunda, J. Henry Fair’s Industrial Scars will explore environmental degradation caused by industrial development in his large-scale aerial photography.
Fast forward to April, when history buffs will surely have a heyday. A Soldier’s View of Civil War Charleston will take over the Rotunda. Just in time for the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, this exhibit will feature paintings by Conrad Wise Chapman, a Confederate soldier. In the main gallery, Stephen Marc’s Passage on the Underground Railroad is a combination of contemporary images with historic documents and artifacts exploring the history of freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad.