The Gibbes Museum has been a part of Charleston’s history since it opened in 1905, and this weekend you’ll have the opportunity to see it from a point of view few have ever had: completely empty. Don’t worry, they’re not moving anywhere; they’ve received a $100,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to renovate the 100-year-old building, and they’re inviting the public to come celebrate. For the first half of the day, the event will be free and open to the public. Start your day by finding your inner peace with yoga led by lululemon King Street at 9 a.m. Then walk through the museum’s historic unoccupied galleries to see art and technology demonstrations. The software developers at BoomTown have designed an algorithm for guests to contribute to a word cloud collage that will be projected on the wall, and Jack Russell Software will perform an interactive coding demonstration that will allow kids to make their own robots. “We are trying to emphasize the idea of bringing technology into the art museum,” says Amy Mercer, marketing and communications manager at the Gibbes. Jill Hooper and Christopher Holt will be doing a fresco demonstration, and other well-known local artists, like Hirona Matsuda, Mark Horton, and Rhett Thurman, will be showing their work. Return to the museum that night for dancing, food, and drinks; tickets include Holy City Brewing tastings and your choice of fare from Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, Cory’s Grilled Cheese, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, King of Pops, Roadside Seafood, Roti Rolls, Sweet Cece’s, and Wildflour Pastry. Dance the night away under the stars with Coffee and The Bluestone Ramblers in the courtyard, and DJ Machine in the main gallery.
Price: $35/non-members after 6 p.m., $25/after 6 p.m. for members, free/beofre 6 p.m.