Visions from India: 21st-Century Art from the Pizzuti Collection
The Columbia Museum of Art presents "Visions from India: 21st-Century Art from the Pizzuti Collection," featuring painting, sculpture, and multimedia works from India and its diaspora. The exhibition showcases a remixing of traditional crafts with paintings, radical new applications, and interactive sculpture; by both established international artists and younger rising stars, including Sudarshan Shetty, Bharti Kher, and Jitish Kallat. On view October 17th through January 10th, and accompanied by related programming both on-site and online.
Note: Capacities are limited, so advance tickets are recommended. Safety precautions are in place. Learn more about visiting the CMA.
Plaza Rhythms: Garba Dance
In honor of Navratri, a major Hindu festival dedicated to the divine feminine, the Columbia Museum of Art invites you to learn a Gujarati folk dance known as Garba, that revolves around the nine forms of mother goddess Durga. This October 25th Plaza Rhythms event will be taught by local dancer and educator Panna Chauhan, is suitable for all ages, and is free with membership or admission. Registration is required, and capacity is limited to ensure physical distancing.
Discovery Night at the Museum: Indigo Tie Dye
The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island offers Indigo Tie Dye classes as part of the Discovery Night at the Museum series. You're invited to join the museum after hours to learn how indigo tie dye is made from a plant and use it to create a tie dye t-shirt to take home. The class fee of $10 includes one shirt; participants can bring a second to dye if they wish. Indigo Tie Dye Discovery Nights are held Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m., September 3rd through November 20th. Reservations are required; call 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
Sweetgrass Basket Making Classes in Hilton Head
The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island offers Sweetgrass Basket Making Classes led by a local Gullah basket maker; from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; September 5th & 19th, October 10th & 24th, and November 7th & 21st. Reservations required; call 843-689-6767 ext. 223.
Online Film Screening: Feathers of Fire
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston presents an online screening of the film version of "Feathers of Fire," a shadow puppet play based on the Persian epic poem, "Shahnameh." The vibrant graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the Middle East, are rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography, and digital animation, all of which come to life in a “live animation” shadow casting technique performed against a cinema-size screen. The story is an action-packed tale of Zaul and Rudabeh, two star-crossed lovers of old Persia. The screening begins at at 7 p.m. October 27th, followed by a Zoom Q&A with designer and director Hamid Rahmanian. The event is free, but an RSVP is required; reserve your spot by emailing Bryan Granger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations sought for Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards
The South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina honor the state's exceptional folklife and traditional arts practitioners and advocates with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the traditional arts, the Folk Heritage Award is presented annually by the General Assembly to honor the work of stewarding and furthering the traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. Up to four artists and one advocate may receive awards, and the deadline to submit nominations is November 6th. (Note: You are encouraged to contact the program director well in advance, to discuss the eligibility of your intended nominee.)
Nominations Open for SC Governor’s Award for the Arts
The South Carolina Arts Commission is now accepting nominations for the South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts, which annually recognizes South Carolinians who exhibit the highest levels of achievement, influence or support of the arts in our state. All it takes is a letter to nominate an artist, organization, business, government entity, arts educator, or individual. The deadline to submit nominations is November 6th.
Quilt Documentation Day
McKissick Museum at USC hosts monthly Quilt Documentation Days via Facebook Live, as Executive Director Jane Przybysz showcases your quilt submissions and explores how they fit into the textile heritage of the South. You can be part of a state-wide documentation effort and learn more about historical textiles from the comfort of your home. Quilt Documentation Days are held at 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month, September through December. To submit a quilt for documentation review, complete the form on McKissick's website.
Quarantunes: Andy Brooks
McKissick Museum at USC continues its monthly virtual music series, Quarantunes, with Andy Brooks, whose musical journey is inspired by multiple traditions, yielding a collection of hundreds of tunes that he knows and plays by heart. Brooks discovered the music of Pete and Mike Seeger, and by 17 was fascinated by the flashy performances of bluegrass pioneers Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. His love of the fiddle led him far and wide, seeking out albums, festivals, and fiddlers to expand his repertoire and learn a variety of styles. Brooks was honored with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award in 2019, and fans might remember his music from McKissick's Contra-dancing program during FOLKfabulous that same year. Quarantunes with Andy Brooks streams on Facebook Live, November 27th at 7 p.m. You can Meet the Artist before the performance in an interactive Q&A program, November 20th.
Meet the Artist: Andy Brooks
McKissick Museum at USC invites you to meet musician and educator Andy Brooks, who is keeping tradition alive through his passion for sharing his knowledge of the history, songs, and spirit of old-time music. Brooks was honored with the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award in 2019, and he has taught in the Young Appalachian Musicians After School Program and at the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla. You can get to know him during this interactive Q&A program, November 20th at 7 p.m., before his performance the following week in McKissick’s monthly virtual music series, Quarantunes. Meet the Artist programs are free, but registration is required for the Zoom event.