Opening Reception

Friday, October 19, 2018 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join us for the opening reception for Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South. Celebrate the exhibition at the Halsey Institute from 6:30-8:00 PM.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, an unprecedented photography project co-curated by Mark Sloan, director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and Mark Long, professor of political science, both of whom are on the faculty of the College of Charleston, in South Carolina.

The exhibition will be on view simultaneously at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. A brunch reception on Saturday, October 20 will celebrate the exhibition’s opening at the City Gallery.

Brunch Reception

Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street

Join us for the brunch reception for Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South. Celebrate the exhibition at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, located at 34 Prioleau Street, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, an unprecedented project co-curated by Mark Sloan, director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and Mark Long, professor of political science, both of whom are on the faculty of the College of Charleston, in South Carolina.

The exhibition will be on view simultaneously at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.

Artist Talks

Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 1:00 PM
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street

Join us for artist talks by four photographers whose work is featured in Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South
Hear from:

Susan Worsham
Stacy Kranitz
Titus Brooks Heagins
Tom Rankin

The artist talks will begin at 1:00 PM immediately after the brunch reception at City Gallery at Waterfront Park on Saturday, October 20.

Ekphrastic Southbound | Poetry Reading by USC Students

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 2:00 PM
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street

Join us for a reading by poetry students studying with Nikky Finney at the University of South Carolina. The group will read ekphrastic poems inspired by photographs included in the exhibition Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South.

Nikky Finney, Professor of Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina and 2011 winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, contributed four new poems to the Southbound catalogue. She will read her work in a separate event, An Evening with Nikky Finney, on February 12, 2019.

Lecture | “Watershed” by Southbound Photographer Jeff Rich

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 6:00 PM
Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309

Join us for a lecture by Southbound photographer Jeff Rich, a South Carolina-based photographer and educator who explores water-related issues via long-term documentary projects about specific regions of the United States. He earned his BA in film and video and MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and serves as assistant professor of photography at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

Rich’s project Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River Basin was awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award and was published as a monograph in 2012. The second installment of the project, Watershed: The Tennessee River, was published in 2017. His work is housed in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; and The Do Good Fund, Columbus, Georgia.

Watershed takes as its subject The French Broad River basin and The Tennessee River basin. These two waterways play important roles in the economic vitality, recreation, and quality of life of their regions, though they have also been beset by serious pollution problems. Both have been strongly impacted by industrial and governmental projects and Rich’s photographs document the effects of this history on the landscape and the people who inhabit it.

Sounds of the South Music Symposium

Saturday, November 10, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Simons Center for the Arts, Recital Hall

Sounds of the South is a symposium focused on the evolving historical and contemporary music of the American South. The symposium features lectures by renowned historians, ethnomusicologists, musicians, and Southbound photographers, with presentations on subjects ranging from praise-house history to songwriting to photographing traditional musicians in Appalachia. 

Dr. Karen Chandler |Bin Yah: Jazz Influences in Gullah Culture | 10:00 AM

Rachel BoillotSilent Ballad: Time Sings in the Cumberland Plateau | 10:30 AM

Jake Xerxes FussellOut of this World: Hearing & Reconsidering Southern Soundscapes | 11:00 AM

Bill CarsonMoving Star Hall: A Personal Journey | 11:30 AM

Lunch Break | 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Dr. Bill Ferris | Voices of Mississippi | 1:30 PM

Bill SteberStones in my Pathway: Blues Culture in Mississippi | 2:30 PM

Lisa Elmaleh | American Folk | 3:00 PM

Cary Ann Hearst | The Dynamics of the Modern South Idiom in the Opinion of One Songwriter | 3:30 PM

Sit A Spell | Southbound Conversation Series

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

The Sit a Spell Conversation Series aims to encourage thoughtful conversation on a variety of topics and issues faced by today’s New South. 

In a series of four installments, participants who represent the diverse facets of the Lowcountry community and the South will be available in the Southbound exhibition space and hold free-form conversations during your lunch break, from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. 

Check back soon for participant and topic information.
Wednesday, November 14 at the Halsey Institute
Wednesday, December 5 at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Wednesday, January 16 at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Wednesday, February 6 at the Halsey Institute

Film Screening | Southern Rites, Followed by Q&A with Director Gillian Laub

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Simons Center for the Arts, Recital Hall

Join us for a free film screening of Southern Rites and a Q&A with the director and Southbound photographer Gillian Laub.

Laub spent over a decade working in Montgomery County, Georgia after first learning of the high school’s segregated prom and homecoming dances in 2002. In 2010, after the community had received national attention because of Laub’s photographs, the school elected to integrate the prom. Although Montgomery County had seen social progress with the integration of the dance, the community was divided once more when one of the school’s former students, twenty-two-year-old African American Justin Patterson, was killed in January of 2011 by a white father who found him in their home with his daughter. In light of this event, Laub began exploring this story and the broader issues of racial violence in the community. Her work resulted not only in a 2015 monograph of photographs, Southern Rites but also in an HBO documentary film by the same name, as well as a traveling exhibition organized by the International Center of Photography. Photographs from Southern Rites are featured in Southbound.

Gillian Laub is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York. Her work has been widely exhibited and is included in several prominent public collections, including the High Museum, Atlanta; the International Center of Photography, New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

A Q&A with Laub will follow the film screening.

Sit A Spell | Southbound Conversation Series

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street

The Sit a Spell Conversation Series aims to encourage thoughtful conversation on a variety of topics and issues faced by today’s New South. 

In a series of four installments, participants who represent the diverse facets of the Lowcountry community will be available  in the Southbound exhibition space and available for free-form conversation during lunch hour, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. 
 
Check back soon for participant and topic information.
Wednesday, November 14 at the Halsey Institute
Wednesday, December 5 at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Wednesday, January 16 at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Wednesday, February 6 at the Halsey Institute

Sheila Pree Bright | Keynote Speaker for the Public Memory in the New South Symposium

Friday, January 11, 2019 | 7:00 PM
College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Sheila Pree Bright is a photographer based in Atlanta. She has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Santa Fe Fellowship, and her photographs are in the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress, both in Washington, D.C., and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the High Museum of Art, in Atlanta, among many others.

Bright’s sustained focus on the African American experience in the South has entailed projects that range from the most apparently banal, suburban living, to the most charged, the Black Lives Matter protests in the region and beyond over recent years. Bright’s work also showcases a profound historical sensitivity, as seen for example in her 1960Who series, in which she wheat-pasted on buildings across Atlanta her portraits of locally significant but nationally unsung heroes of the civil rights movement in the mid- twentieth century, afterwards making photographs of those public art installations.

Bright’s photographs found in Southbound are drawn from her #1960Now series, which examines race, gender, and generational divides to raise awareness of millennial perspectives on civil and human rights. With a focus on capturing the efforts of emerging young leaders affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement, Bright has made photographs on the front lines of demonstrations in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Atlanta, among many other places.

Bright is a keynote speaker for the Public Memory in the New South Symposium, which takes place the day after her lecture, on Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Symposium | Public Memory in the New South

Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
College of Charleston School of Sciences and Math Building, Auditorium

Over recent months and years, as white southerners’ hold over southern history and memory is called into question, landscapes in the South are experiencing profound change. Monuments to the region’s charged past continue to be contested and removed from statehouse grounds, college campuses and the heart of the region’s downtowns.  Meanwhile, galvanizing new markers speak to places and memories long forgotten by many, notably in Montgomery’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Charleston’s planned International African American Museum. 

The Southbound symposium on Public Memory in the New South is concerned with what we remember and forget, and how we choose to frame our recollections to arrive at a collective sense of who we are in today’s South.  It brings together exhibiting artists whose photographic projects document sites of memory ranging from the almost invisible to the forgotten, the ephemeral, the performed, and the, sometimes, hidden in plain sight. It also features scholars, curators and activists who are challenging taken for granted memorialization of one vision for southern history, synonymous with the region itself for many here and further afield. Public Memory in the New South advocates for more complex readings of the region to be central to public memory here.

The symposium’s purpose is to arrive at new understandings of how our collective memories ultimately reflect and inform how we experience this place and to take stock of ways in which our sense of ourselves is changing in the New South.

The symposium kicks off on Friday evening with a keynote lecture by Southbound photographer Sheila Pree Bright.

Stay tuned for more information on the symposium schedule and participants. 

Michael Arad | Keynote Speaker for the Public Memory in the New South Symposium

Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 7:00 PM
College of Charleston School of Sciences and Math Building, Auditorium

Michael Arad is an architect most notable for his design of the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City. He is also the designer of the forthcoming Mother Emanuel AME Church Memorial in Charleston.

Arad will speak about memorials and public memory, including a presentation on the design of the Mother Emanuel AME Church Memorial project.

Arad is a keynote speaker for the Public Memory in the New South symposium on Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Sit A Spell | Southbound Conversation Series

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street

The Sit a Spell Conversation Series aims to encourage thoughtful conversation on a variety of topics and issues faced by today’s New South. 

In a series of four installments, participants who represent the diverse facets of the Lowcountry community will be available  in the Southbound exhibition space and available for free-form conversation during lunch hour, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. 
 
Check back soon for participant and topic information.
Wednesday, November 14 at the Halsey Institute
Wednesday, December 5 at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Wednesday, January 16 at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Wednesday, February 6 at the Halsey Institute

Family Day! For Southbound

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Halsey Institute galleries

All members are invited to join the Halsey Institute staff and tour guides for a fun-filled family-friendly celebration of Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South. Enjoy guided tours, art activities, and refreshments. This event is open to all levels of Halsey membership.

To join the Halsey Institute family, please visit halsey.cofc.edu/sustain/ or call (843) 953-5652.

The Index of Southerness: A Lecture on the Southbound GIS Mapping Project by Dr. Rick Bunch

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 | 6:00 PM
Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309

The Halsey Institute commissioned Dr. Rick Bunch, a geographic information science (GIS) and spatial cognition specialist, to design an interactive map of the South, representing everything from street name maps to data collected on prison populations and churchgoers, among other topics. Available on interactive technology inside the exhibition space and on the project website (southboundproject.org), this Index of Southerness allows viewers to switch on- and-off indicators and arrive at their own maps of the South.

Rick Bunch is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, & Sustainability at UNC Greensboro. He has more than twenty years of experience in GIS and the conceptualization, modeling, and analysis of geographically referenced data. Bunch has conducted research that examines patterns in human behavior through cognitive maps, geographic space, and the processes associated with how people learn and synthesize geographic information. He has been the project leader on more than fifty projects over the past decade, and has published twenty-five academic articles, reports, and manuals. He currently serves on the editorial board for the journals Cartography and Geographic Information Science and the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research.

Sit A Spell | Southbound Conversation Series

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

The Sit a Spell Conversation Series aims to encourage thoughtful conversation on a variety of topics and issues faced by today’s New South. 

In a series of four installments, participants who represent the diverse facets of the Lowcountry community will be available  in the Southbound exhibition space and available for free-form conversation during lunch hour, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. 
 
Check back soon for participant and topic information.
Wednesday, November 14 at the Halsey Institute
Wednesday, December 5 at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Wednesday, January 16 at City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street
Wednesday, February 6 at the Halsey Institute

An Evening with Nikky Finney

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 6:00 PM
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street

Nikky Finney, Professor of Creative Writing and Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina and 2011 winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, was commissioned to create new work in response to photographs from the Southbound project. Finney wrote four new poems that she will read, along with readings of other work.

Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff’s Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011), The World Is Round (2003), Rice (1995), and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). Finney also authored Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets.

Curator-Led Tour | Southbound: Photographs of and about The New South, City Gallery at Waterfront Park

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 6:00 PM
City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street

Join the Halsey Institute staff for a fun and exclusive evening tour. Beginning at 6:00 PM, curators Mark Sloan and Mark Long will lead Halsey Institute members on a guided tour of Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South at City Gallery at Waterfront Park. The City Gallery is located at 34 Prioleau Street.

Explore the exhibitions, get insider knowledge, meet other Halsey Institute lovers! This tour is for Halsey Institute members only.

To join the Halsey Institute family, please visit halsey.cofc.edu/sustain/ or call (843) 953-5652.

Panel | The Photographer and Uncommon Access

Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 2:00 PM
Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309

This dynamic panel exploring photographers’ privileged access to communities that we might otherwise never have the chance to see. Featuring Southbound artists Deborah Luster, who photographs prisoners in Louisiana’s Angola Prison; Susana Raab, who photographs migrant workers in Florida; Sofia Valiente, who documents a transitional community of registered sex offenders, and Rob Amberg, who photographs intentional communities and those who live off the land in rural North Carolina.

Curator-Led Tour | Southbound: Photographs of and about The New South, Halsey Institute

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 6:00 PM
Halsey Institute Galleries

Join the Halsey Institute staff for a fun and exclusive evening tour. Beginning at 6:00 PM, curators Mark Sloan and Mark Long will lead Halsey Institute members on a guided tour of Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South in the Halsey Institute galleries.

Explore the exhibitions, get insider knowledge, meet other Halsey Institute lovers! This tour is for Halsey Institute members only.

To join the Halsey Institute family, please visit halsey.cofc.edu/sustain/ or call (843) 953-5652.

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