The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston will open its 2019-20 season with two exhibitions: Katrina Andry: Over There and Here is Me and Me and Colin Quashie: Linked. The exhibitions will be on view from Aug. 23 to Dec. 7, 2019.
In her exhibit, New Orleans-based artist Katrina Andry probes the power structures of race-based stereotypes. For her exhibition at the Halsey Institute, Andry will explore the stereotypes that engender gentrification. Using printmaking and installation, she creates visceral images that beckon viewers to examine their own preconceived notions of society. As Charleston’s neighborhoods are rapidly changing in multifarious ways, this exhibition provides a springboard for community-wide conversations on gentrification.
Quashie’s images comment on contemporary racial stereotypes. Combining historical relics and artifacts with icons from past and present popular culture, Quashie, who was born in London, but grew up in the West Indies, sharply critiques the way people of color are portrayed in modern visual culture. Using his signature caustic wit, he paints images to allow viewers to more fully explore how images of African Americans and black culture are constructed today. In this series, Quashie, who currently lives in Charleston, juxtaposes images of well-known black figures with other representations of artifacts to comment on stereotypes as they exist today.
The Halsey Institute will hold an opening reception for the exhibits on Friday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the reception is free for Halsey Institute members and the College of Charleston community. Admission to the reception is $5 for non-members of the public.
The Halsey Institute will host three conversation programs with the artists during the run of the exhibitions. An artist talk with Katrina Andry will take place on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. Artists talks with Colin Quashie will be held on Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. All talks will be held at the Halsey Institute.
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, located at 161 Calhoun St., is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. The gallery is closed on Sundays.