C of C art gallery ready for, excited about new space on Calhoun

Image by College of CharlestonImage by 20090829-halsey.jpg Yeah, the new building is the one that's been screwing with traffic at Calhoun and St. Philips streets. The things we sacrifice for art.

The College of Charleston's art gallery is closing its doors. But fret not, this is not budget cuts but quite the opposite.

At long last the college's new art building is nearly done, and that means the Halsey gallery gets to move into its new and much better space at 161 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston.

The official name of the new building is the "Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts."

The Post and Courier has put together a nice piece on the new building and space, chatting about the motivations behind the new building. Read it here.

When the gallery officially reopens on Friday, October 23, they will present "Aldwyth: Work v. / Work n." Here's a short description of it from an e-mail:

This is the first major retrospective of the collage and assemblage artist Aldwyth. Now in her 70’s, Aldwyth lives and works in an octagonal house on the edge of a salt marsh on one of South Carolina’s sea islands. Aldwyth: Work v. / Work n. features fifty-two collage and assemblage works created within the past two decades. A film by John Reynolds with commissioned soundtrack by Bill Carson accompanies the exhibition, documenting the artist's interaction with many three dimensional works. The Halsey Institute has also published a full color, 109-page exhibition catalogue including essays by curator Sloan and Boston artist/writer Rosamond Purcell. Aldwyth’s complex, often epic-scaled collages resemble “medieval manuscript pages writ large” says Sloan. Each piece can take years to make. Ackland Art Museum Director Emily Kass says about Aldwyth, "Her remarkable work demands to be seen. It is hard to think of an audience who will not be mesmerized by these extraordinary pieces of art.”

You can catch a short teaser of the show on Vimeo.

Keep an eye out for more information about upcoming shows at the Halsey on our Halsey topic page.