Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art


Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art institute within the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston. The HICA presents contemporary art exhibitions by emerging or mid-career artists. The Halsey is housed in the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts at 161 Calhoun Street, in the heart of downtown Charleston. The Halsey features two gallery spaces, the Deborah A. Chalsty Gallery and the South Gallery, which include a total 3,000 sq. feet of exhibition space. The vision of the HICA is to provide a comprehensive contemporary-art program that is committed to providing a direct experience with artworks in various media, in an environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and learning. Check the gallery's website for current exhibitions.



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Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Hours and Admission


Gallery Hours (During Exhibitions)
Mon. - Fri. 11 am -  4 pm
Open until 7 pm on Thursday

Admission:
Free


Halsey Institute of Contemporary
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Halsey Institute of 
Contemporary Art

161 Calhoun St
Charleston SC 29424
(843) 953-4422
Halsey Inst. of Cont. Art Website


Current Exhibitions 
at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art


Upcoming Exhibition: Namsa Leuba - Crossed Looks
When: Aug 27, 2021 - Dec 12, 2021
Where: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston is pleased to present Crossed Looks, the first solo exhibition of Swiss-Guinean artist Namsa Leuba in the United States. The show will feature over 90 works from the photographer’s projects in Guinea, South Africa, Nigeria, and Benin, and it will premiere new work created in Tahiti. The exhibition is organized by guest curator Joseph Gergel, currently based in Lagos, Nigeria.


Upcoming Exhibitions 
at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art


Upcoming Exhibition: Dyani White Hawk - HEAR HER
When: Jan. 14, 2022 - Feb. 26, 2022
Where: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Dyani White Hawk’s work illuminates society’s consistent ignorance of Native people. With her video, photography, and works in other media, she aims to use the language of visual art to bring light to the deep chasm between our understanding of history and the truth. Her work weaves together forms from the canon of Western art along with the visual languages and traditions of Native people. In doing so, her work spotlights Native women, whose strength and fortitude over centuries have helped their peoples’ languages and cultures to survive.


Upcoming Exhibition: Kukuli Velarde - CORPUS
When: May 13, 2022 - July 16, 2022
Where: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

The Halsey Institute will debut Peruvian-American artist Kukuli Velarde’s CORPUS project in its entirety for the first time. CORPUS is comprised of ceramic and fabric works that encourage reflection on the meaning of survival in the face of colonialism. Fifteen ceramic sculptures, each with matching tapestries, will be presented in a symbolic representation of the annual Corpus Christi festival in Cusco, Perú. The sculptures reference indigenous pre-Columbian forms and iconographies in a visual representation of syncretic aesthetic, cultural, and religious traditions. CORPUS engages with and confronts Perú’s Spanish colonial past, asserting that pre-Columbian sacred entities and the worldview they inhabit were not vanquished by Spanish conquerors, but instead cleverly blended with their Catholic counterparts, ensuring their survival. So too, have the diverse peoples of Perú and greater Latin America formed and reformed political, religious, and cultural identity in the shadow of centuries-long oppression. Velarde’s CORPUS asks viewers to consider this resilience via her stunningly detailed and humorously thought-provoking work.


Upcoming Exhibition: Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez - PINTURAS DE CASTA AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF AMERICAN IDENTITY
When: May 13, 2022 - July 16, 2022
Where: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art will present works from Columbian American artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez’s Casta Paintings series. Friedemann-Sánchez’s paintings reference casta painting, a genre popularized in eighteenth-century Spanish Colonial Central and South America that purported to depict a racial and social taxonomy of children born of racially mixed couplings. Friedemann-Sánchez’s contemporary casta paintings take inspiration from this problematic genre to reflect on the legacy of colonialism that lingers in the racial and social discrimination and marginalization present in her home country of Columbia and here in the United States. The paintings feature life-size tracings of female bodies adorned with floral imagery lifted from both the indigenous resin technique of mopa mopa and Spanish colonial iconography. Masks from across Latin America and the Caribbean are included to represent stereotypes born of colonial-era mixed-race classifications that continue to perpetuate today.


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