Laurel Posey

Symphony Tour of Homes on Kiawah Island and Concert

The 2021 Symphony Tour of Homes on Kiawah Island, now in its 24th year, will be held on Saturday, November 13. The self-guided tour will showcase a variety of beautifully decorated homes, reflecting the varied interests and lifestyles of their owners. Music will be played by symphony musicians and talented music students in the homes. A variety of home architecture and designer styles will be included. And, while on the tour, guests will have an opportunity to shop for unique , design-inspired and one-of-a kind items from the CSOL’s exclusive SCORE collection. The tour will be followed at 5 p.m. by a free concert presented by the Charleston Symphony.

Laurel Posey

Ask Me About the Art!

Saturdays in October (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) from 1 to 2 p.m. Get insight on art from our knowledgeable group of interpretive guides. Docents will be stationed throughout the galleries to chat and answer questions about works on view. Look for their “Ask me about the art!” buttons to learn more. Free with membership or admission.  

Laurel Posey

Focal Points: In the Cards

October 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. As spirits rise for All Hallows’ Eve, it’s a good time to invite their wisdom. Using the arcane secrets of the Tarot, docent and seeker John Tomashek guides you on an exploration of mysticism in art. It’s all in the cards — and in the galleries! Tarot readings with fellow docent Bauer Westeren to follow the tour. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of tour guides and staff. Face coverings required. Free with membership or admission.

Laurel Posey

Public Tour: Behind the Collection

October 24 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Get a glimpse into the story behind the art: the science to create the materials, the lives that shaped the artists' views, the thinking that leads a museum to acquire a piece, and the care that's required to keep a work of art in excellent condition for thousands of years. Face coverings required for this event. Free with membership or admission.

Laurel Posey

Focal Points: Queer Eye

October 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Patina, paint, and polish form only the surface of an artwork. Underneath are hidden stories of the artist, their muses, the collectors, and the subjects of their work. In celebration of SC Pride and National Coming Out Day, join docent John Tomashek in the CMA collection to share an LGBTQ history of art that might otherwise go untold. This tour features adult themes; visitor discretion advised. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of tour guides and staff. Face coverings required. Free with membership or admission.

Laurel Posey

Focal Points: Boisterous Black Angels

Join docents Nancy Tolson and John Tomashek in the 30 Americans exhibition as they spill the tea on all things Black, queer, and fabulous! October 14 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of tour guides and staff. Free with membership or admission. Face coverings required.

Laurel Posey

Public Tour: 30 Americans (Oct. 21)

There is no monolithic American experience just as there is no singular Black experience. The exhibition 30 Americans brings together the work of 30 artists who explore those multifaceted intersections from varying perspectives. Learn more about works Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Nick Cave, and more with a guided tour, October 21 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Face coverings required. Free with membership or admission.

Laurel Posey

Public Tour: 30 Americans (Oct. 10)

There is no monolithic American experience just as there is no singular Black experience. The exhibition 30 Americans brings together the work of 30 artists who explore those multifaceted intersections from varying perspectives. Learn more about works from Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Nick Cave, and more with a guided tour, October 10 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Face coverings required. Free with membership or admission.

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Family Weekend: Curator’s Choice Tour

Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. - Enjoy a tour of the galleries in McKissick Museum led by our Faculty Curator, Dr. Lana Burgess. Visitors will explore Carolina Knives: The Roots of a Revival, Hyphenated, The Shell Game Unravelling Molluscan Mysteries, and Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World. Free, with no registration required. The group will meet at McKissick Museum in the second-floor lobby to begin the tour.

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McKissick Family Weekend: Behind-the-Scenes Tour (Friday Morning)

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. - Explore the rarely seen treasures in McKissick Museum’s massive collection. With more than 100,000 gem and mineral specimens, sweetgrass baskets, Edgefield pottery, quilts, political memorabilia, and even the first Cocky uniform, McKissick has something for everyone! Free, with no registration required. The group will meet at McKissick Museum in the 2nd-floor lobby to begin the tour.