Photographs by James Prinz, courtesy of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
may 19, 2010
Save the date for a festive start to Spoleto season with the opening reception of “Call and Response: Africa to America / The Art of Nick Cave and Phyllis Galembo”
WRITTEN BY Brian Sewell
Photograph by Phyllis Galembo; Courtesy of Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Ready for a multisensory art experience and a sensational opening reception? Then mark your calendars for May 27, don a celebratory ensemble, and step into a cross-cultural whirlwind featuring West African masquerade as the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art opens its Spoleto Festival exhibition, “Call and Response: Africa to America / The Art of Nick Cave and Phyllis Galembo.”
At this vibrant scene sponsored by Charleston and Charleston Art magazines together with Social Restaurant and Wine Bar, guests are invited to “respond” to the collection of Galembo’s evocative portrait photographs and Cave’s sculptural “Soundsuits” with festive, innovative attire. (Get inspired, as Charleston Art will be awarding prizes to the most creative costumes.) Peruse and ponder the assemblage of traditional and modern takes on masquerade by these two uniquely American artists and then get into the West African rhythms of Charleston’s own Djole Dance and Drum Company. Such an immersion in the sights, sounds, and ritual celebrations of West Africa makes for a fitting start to the international extravaganza that is Spoleto.
And be sure to return to the Halsey on Saturday, May 29, as curator Mark Sloan will lead conversations with Galembo and Cave in addition to exhibition tours.
To read more about the exhibition, click here.
To learn more about the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, click here.
To read more about Djole Dance and Drum Company, click here.