The Gibbes Museum of Art Reveals 2017–18 Special Exhibitions


the Gibbes Museum of Art announced its new series of  special exhibitions coming to the museum’s third floor galleries May 2017 – September 2018. Since reopening to the public last year after extensive renovations, the Gibbes has sought to engage people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality through an innovative series of special exhibitions.

“Our special exhibition series strives to promote creativity, introduce new art forms and provide perspective on larger community issues,” said Angela Mack, The Gibbes Museum of Art’s executive director. “We are honored to bring a widely diverse group of artists and art to Charleston to encourage freedom of thought while connecting with the broadest possible audience.”

From Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s collection of watercolors by 18th-century artist, scientist and explorer Mark Catesby to American folk art by self-taught and unconventionally trained artists, the diverse series delivers an experimental platform for engaging with art in new and exciting ways while challenging established interpretations.

Artists Painting Artists

May 5 – September 10, 2017


The Gibbes Museum of Art is well known for its extraordinary portrait collection spanning the eighteenth century to the present. This exhibition focuses on a very special type of portrait: artists painted by other artists. These poignant paintings document friendship, respect and deep admiration shared among fellow artists.

Perspectives on Place

May 5 – September 10, 2017


The neighborhoods on the east side of the Charleston peninsula above Calhoun Street have experienced significant change over the last 100 years. Perspectives on Place offers the opportunity to gain insight to those changes through the eyes of several artists including Edward Hopper and Andrée Ruellan, who were drawn  to depict a specific block through their artwork. Displayed together for the first time, these paintings explore artists’ role as documentarians and social commentators.

Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas

May 12 – September 24, 2017


Featuring the British Royal Collection, this exhibition explores the incredible life and work of Mark Catesby, the English artist, scientist and explorer who spent four years documenting the natural habitats of the Carolinas, Florida and the Bahamas. In 1722, Catesby arrived in Charleston and traveled throughout South Carolina and beyond documenting birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects and mammals indigenous to the American colonies. Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas marks the first showing of Catesby’s original watercolors in Charleston, and only the second time his watercolors have been on view in the United States. The exhibition features 44 paintings on loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from the British Royal Collection.

Out of the Wild: Animals in Contemporary Art

May 12 – September 24, 2017


Animals have occupied an important place in art throughout history. Inspired by works in the Gibbes permanent collection and several private collections, Out of the Wild: Animals in Contemporary Art showcases works by three contemporary American artists, William Dunlap, Walton Ford and Grainger McKoy. Working in a variety of media, these artists employ animal imagery to explore contemporary culture, and the evolving relationship humans share with the natural world. While their works celebrate the form and natural beauty of both wild and domestic species, the artists also examine political, social, psychological and spiritual themes.

Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States

October 6, 2017 – January 7, 2018


Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States explores the rich visual dialogue that flourished across the Americas between 1919 and 1979. Showcasing more than 70 significant works of art, the exhibition examines Modernism as an international phenomenon, embracing the contributions of Latin American artists.

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

January 19 – April 15, 2018


A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America tells the story of extraordinary American folk art made in New England, the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and the South between 1800 and 1925. Created by self-taught or minimally trained artists, the works exemplify the breadth of American creative expression during a period of revolutionary political, social and cultural change in the United States.

Radcliffe Bailey: Pensive

April 27 – September 16, 2018

Pensive features recent works by internationally renowned, Atlanta-based painter, sculptor and mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey. The exhibition showcases Bailey’s poetic and experimental approach as well as his thoughtful consideration of the intersection of his personal narrative and the larger collective history of the African diaspora.

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About the Gibbes Museum of Art

Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy and to be inspired by the creative process. For more information, visit