Special exhibit and panel discussion at Gibbes Museum of Art

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC has organized an exhibition entitled Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art that presents plantation-related images of the American South from the eighteenth century to the present. The exhibit will be on display at the Gibbes Museum from May 9 – August 3, 2008. On May 23, 2008, a blockbuster panel will discuss the social, cultural, and art historical significance of the exhibition. The panel discussion was supported by SC Humanities through a Major Grant in September 2007.

The panelists who will appear at "Landscape of Slavery: A Critical Conversation" contributed to the companion book Landscape of Slavery, published by University of South Carolina Press, and include: Alexis L. Boylan, Leslie King-Hammond, Michael Harris, Stephen G. Hoffius, Maurie D. McInnis, Roberta Sokolitz, and John Vlach. The panel will be moderated by Angela D. Mack, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Gibbes Museum of Art, and will start at 10:00 a.m.

The exhibition, curated by Angela D. Mack, features over 100 paintings, works on paper, photographs, mixed media and installation works and includes pieces by a wide range of artists, such as Eastman Johnson, Winslow Homer, William Aiken Walker, and Cara Mae Weems. "More than a history of the visual imagery related to the plantation, the show invites one to consider the impact that this imagery has had on race relations for three centuries," says Mack.

For more information about the exhibition or the panel discussion, please see the full press release on the Gibbes Museum of Art Web site. For more information about the Grants Program of SC Humanities, please contact Theresa Wallace at 803-771-2477.

Picture credit:
Untitled from the Passage on the Underground Railroad Series, 2002
By Stephen Marc (American, b. 1954)
Archival pigment inkjet print
18 x 52 inches
Courtesy of the artist