Screen and Discuss: Disgraced Monuments
Featuring rare archival footage and interviews with sculptors, art historians, and gallery and museum directors, Disgraced Monuments (1994) is a documentary that looks at the Soviet Union to examine how monuments connect us with the past and spur us to new futures; why so often in times of social cataclysm, old monuments are destroyed and new ones raised; and how every turning point in society has begun history anew in a struggle with old monuments. Following the film, Olga Yukhno (recent McMaster Gallery manager at UofSC and Russian American artist) and Dr. Robert Greene II (assistant professor of history at Claflin University and civil rights scholar) discuss what it means to live amongst monuments to fallen leaders of the past and the implications of destroying or preserving them.
Outdoor Film Screening: White Nights
In celebration of The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground, join us on Boyd Plaza for an outdoor screening of one of Curator Catherine Walworth’s favorite films. White Nights (1985) transports us back to the mid-eighties, when the Soviet Union was still in existence and a powerhouse on the world stage. Far into the northern hemisphere, the weeks around the summer solstice can bring what’s known as white nights, when sunsets are late, sunrises are early, and darkness is never complete. Here is the setting where Russian ballet dancer/defector Nikolai Rodchenko (Mikhail Baryshnikov) and American dancer/defector Raymond Greenwood (Gregory Hines) form an unlikely friendship and make their escape to the American consulate after an emergency plane landing brings the two together.
Documentary Film: The Education of Harvey Gantt
The 2021 Horry County Museum Documentary Film Series continues with the SCETV film The Education of Harvey Gantt. South Carolina fought the desegregation of its schools longer than any other state, even after the passage of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. But a determined effort to enforce Brown, spearheaded by the NAACP, prevailed, and in January 1963 the Fourth Circuit Court ordered Clemson College to admit Harvey Gantt, a young African-American man from Charleston. The film is free and will be shown August 4 at 1 p.m.
Documentary Film: Shoebox Memories
The 2021 Horry County Museum Documentary Film Series continues with the SCETV film Shoebox Memories. This film, part of the Carolina Stories Series by SCETV, is a collection of stories from ten WWII veterans. Their stories begin with Eisenhower’s orders to invade Normandy and end with the liberation of Dachau on April 24, 1945. Of the ten WWII Veterans, two are native South Carolinians while the rest are retirees who moved to the Beaufort area. The veterans share their recollections about critical events occurring during WWII including: D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, the Malmedy Massacre, a B-17 bombing in Cologne, Germany, the burning of Manila, the landing at Iwo Jima, and the liberation of Dachau. The film is free and will be shown August 18 at 1 p.m.
Documentary Film: South Carolina Hall of Fame Film Series
The 2021 Horry County Museum Documentary Film Series continues with an installment of the South Carolina Hall of Fame Film Series produced by SCETV, featuring inductees from the late 20th Century. Established in 1973, The South Carolina Hall of Fame, located in Myrtle Beach, inducts one deceased and one contemporary honoree each year. It is by law the “official” Hall of Fame for South Carolina. There are nearly 100 members of the South Carolina Hall of Fame, each of whom has made outstanding contributions to South Carolina’s heritage, history, and progress.
Biographies of late 20th century inductees include Anne W. Richardson, Robert Marvin, Matthew Perry, Ernest Hollings, John West, Robert McNair, Carlisle Floyd, John McKissick, and James Edwards. The film is free and will be shown August 25 at 1 p.m.
Documentary Film: Backstage Pass
The 2021 Horry County Museum Documentary Film Series continues with the SCETV film Backstage Pass. This hour long film, part of the Carolina Stories Series by SCETV, goes behind the scenes of some of the biggest shows in Myrtle Beach, giving a glimpse into the theatrical production process at places such as Legends in Concert, The Carolina Opry, The Palace Theatre, the Alabama Theatre and Medieval Times. The film is free and will be shown August 11 at 1 p.m.
Hey! Ho! Let’s go! Celebrate the summer exhibition The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground with a free event for all ages. Explore underground art and culture scenes with a night of punk rock performances from Columbia Arts Academy, throwback hip-hop sets from DJ Kingpin, a skate demo from Bluetile Skateshop, a pop-up vinyl shop from Scratch N’ Spin, upcycled vintage clothing and accessories pop-ups from The Beautiful Neighborhood and Internet Crush by Nori Noir, arcade games from Transmission Arcade, art activities from the CMA, and more. Food available for purchase from Chubby’s Burgers, Karen’s Mobile Kitchen & Catering, and Gorilla Boost Co. (vegan). Event admission free and appropriate for all ages. Gallery admission $10 or less for the general public; free for members (join or renew online).
Spartanburg Philharmonic: Cheeky – A Silent Movie Double Feature
It’s a silent-movie double feature that will have you laughing out loud and maybe even feeling a bit witty yourself. Enjoy Charlie Chaplin’s "The Tramp," featuring his most memorable character, and Buster Keaton’s slapstick romp "One Week," each with live accompaniment by our chamber musicians. Bowler hat and spats optional.
“The Supper Table” in Camden
Bassett Gallery Opening: The Supper Table, an homage to the 40th anniversary of Judy Chicago’s 1979 exhibit, is a multidisciplinary arts project celebrating the history of SC women and contemporary SC women artists. Whereas Chicago’s The Dinner Party celebrated 39 women in place-settings with 999 tiles beneath, The Supper Table will celebrate 12 women from SC history with 12 place-settings and 120 tiles installed on movable panels. The 12 place-settings are being created by SC women visual artists and the 120 tiles, each naming a groundbreaking SC woman, are being decorated by the public.
Halsey Member Meet-up: Meet the New Dean and New Director
Join the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Thursday, Wednesday, June 23 at 5 p.m. for a happy hour Member Meet-up over Zoom, featuring the new Dean of the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts, Dr. Edward Hart, and the Halsey Institute’s new director, Katie Hirsch. Hart succeeds Dean Valerie Morris, who served as the School of the Arts dean from 1998-2020. Hirsch takes the helm of director following the December 2020 retirement of Mark Sloan, who had served as Chief Curator and Director since 1994. The new leaders will share their vision for the future of these two important cultural institutions in Charleston. This event is open to all levels of Halsey Institute membership; RSVP to halseyRSVP@cofc.edu. Join or renew your membership at halsey.cofc.edu.