The Gibbes Museum Of Art

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Assignment #3 – Cultural Event Report
James E Kirk
Dr. Charles Tedder
HUM 112 - World Cultures II December 05, 2011
Assignment #3 – Cultural Event Report The city known as the friendliest city in the United States is also home to one of the finest art museums in the country. The Gibbes Museum of Art is located at 135 Meeting Street in historic, downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The three-story museum is within walking distance of the Battery, the Aiken-Rhett House, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon and a host of other historic sites. Given the historical significance of Charleston, and its huge tourism base, the Gibbes Museum attracts a lot of visitors. On Saturday November 19, 2011, my wife and I had the pleasure of
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The first theme one encounters is The Beginning. Paintings from the 1700s by local artists can be found here. The tour then moves into an Early Charleston theme, which contains works from the early 1800s. One piece I especially liked in this area was The Wreck of the Rose in Bloom by John Devaere, 1809. This is a marble sculpture that is stunning in its detail. It’s a huge sculpture that is approximately six feet high by four feet wide. The piece is a memorial to General John McPherson who died during the shipwreck of the Rose in Bloom. It depicts General McPherson, a member of the South Carolina militia during the American Revolution, drowning while a sailor is rescuing his daughter. Hypothetically speaking, if the building had caught fire during our visit, I would have made every attempt to save this piece from being…show more content…
Although it didn't contain the works of artists like van Gogh or Manet, it contained pieces of huge historical significance, especially of local significance which gives it a personal touch to a Charlestonian. My wife and I were very impressed at the organization of the pieces by theme, in addition to the two main exhibits that Gibbes was orchestrating (Camera Works and Breaking Down Barriers). The cell phone audio tour was a nice touch that was perfectly executed by the museum. This was the very first art museum visit for both my wife and I and we are both in agreement that there is so much more to see, examine and study from the pieces contained not only with Gibbes Museum of Art, but within other museums within our area. This visit was a positive experience for both of us and we really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the deep cultural significance of

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