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Top Five Things to do in Charleston, SC

 
Stacy Lynn Waddell at the Gibbes Museum of Art

Stacy Lynn Waddell at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC

Top Five Things to do in Charleston, SC (a suggested itinerary)

1.  Visit Stacy Lynn Waddell: The Evidence of Things Unseen at the Gibbes Museum of Art!
I drove down along country roads from Greensboro last Thursday night (Sept 2) for what turned out to be a very well attended opening at the Gibbes Museum of Art. The show was co-curated by me and Gibbes curator Pam Wall and I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be able to introduce Stacy’s profoundly beautiful work to South Carolina audiences. Some of you may remember seeing Stacy’s work at the Weatherspoon in Art on Paper 2008. For this show, the artist expanded her branding and singeing techniques to further explore personal identity based on real and imagined cultural histories.

2.  Charleston is an ideal site for Stacy’s work and the connections she makes to the history of the slave trade in the United States. These can be further examined just three blocks from the Gibbes at 6 Chalmers St., the site of the Old Slave Mart.

3.  Later on, I can recommend a visit to FIG restaurant for dinner. For you foodies out there, if you haven’t been before you should know that it is quite a treat to enjoy the food in Charleston, and FIG is one of the most delicious places in town.

4.  The next morning, check out David Stern’s recent show at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston. The Halsey’s recently renovated exhibition space is wonderful and Stern’s thick, luscious paintings will give you an appetite for your next top thing, which for me was….

5.  Hominy Grill – the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful, savory lowcountry brunch on the patio.

If you can’t make it to Charleston this fall to see Stacy’s show, not to worry, we’ll present it here at the Weatherspoon from January 22 – April 17, 2011.

- Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions

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