There is a plethora of history and art to be relished by people of all ages at The Gibbes Museum of Art. Perhaps that is why the Gibbes is sponsoring a free Community Day for families.
This event is inspired by the exhibition titled The Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art, on display at the Gibbes until August. The Landscape of Slavery boasts more than 100 works of paintings, photographs, paper, and mixed-media that portray plantation-related works of art from the eighteenth century until the present.
Previously on display at the University of Virginia Art Museum in Charlottesville, Va., this exhibition focuses on landscape paintings during times of slavery and shows the impact of plantation images on race issues within the United States today.
Other exhibits on display at the Gibbes include The Charleston Story, which tells the intriguing history of our beloved city. Also, Hands On!, an exhibition created in order to allow the visually impaired to enjoy the beauty of art, will be on display. Objects handled in this showcase are meant to be appreciated through a sense of touch. Community Day activities will include storytelling, hands-on workshops, performances, and special activities led by educators from Drayton Hall.
Not only is this event free of charge, there will also be complimentary Starbucks coffee. Community Day will start June 14 at 10 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. Admission to the Gibbes Museum of Art is free for the entire day, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. —Caitlin Baker