Friday, February 22, 2008

Experience Grandeur at McKissick

McKissick Museum

Friday, February 22, 2008, from 5:30 until 7:30 PM

Join us at McKissick Museum on Friday, February 22th, from 5:30 - 7:30
p.m., for a public gallery talk for our newest exhibit Grandeur Saved:

Photographs of the Aiken-Rhett House by Michael Eastman. Jill
Koverman,
Curator for Collections at McKissick and John Sherrer, Director of
Collections and Interpretation for Historic Columbia Foundation will
discuss the role of photography and preservation in South Carolina.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Aiken-Rhett House stands as one of the most significant, intact
antebellum, urban residences in the South. Its elaborate stables,
kitchen house and slave quarters have not been significantly altered
for
residential use. The house is listed on the National Register for
Historic Places and is being conserved as part of a *Save America*s
Treasures* grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and
the National Park Services. Eastman, an internationally recognized
photographer, was drawn to the house for many reasons * the richness of
the interior surfaces, its *unrestored* state, the building*s
architecture and the natural light. Eastman used long exposures to
capture the nuances of the natural light. He photographed the house in
the spring of 2005 and 2006.Grandeur Saved includes photographs of the
home*s interior and exterior, including the slave quarters, privy and
elegant living space. The largest photograph, *Sitting Room,
Charleston,* is 6 feet by 7 feet, and the others are 4 feet by 5 feet.

The exhibit also features decorative art objects from the Aiken-Rhett
House including china, silver and books.

The exhibit is on loan from the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South
Carolina. The Historic Columbia Foundation is collaborating with
McKissick Museum to sponsor this gallery talk and reception. For more
information on this event or other activities at McKissick Museum,
please contact Jill Koverman or Ja-Nae Epps at 777-7251.
submitted by: Ja-Nae M. Epps, M.A.

Internal Operations Manager
McKissick Museum
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

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