Olympia Exhibition and Programs

Olympia:  Artists In Residence, Art Exhibtion and Related Programming

Artists Gwylene Gallimard & Jean Marie Mauclet have a long history of creating community-based artworks with a strong social component, especially installations, that meet the highest conceptual, artistic and aesthetic standards. They do so from a perspective that combines an insider’s knowledge with an outsider’s sensibility.

During their residency,  Gallimard and Mauclet researched and experienced life and architecture of two of Columbia’s largest 20th-century cotton mills, the Olympia and Granby mills, and their appendages –Olympia and Granby Villages.

Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 pm. But Why Did You…? Gwylène Gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet will open up a question and answer session with the public as part of the ongoing series of presentations associated with the Olympia installation.  Gallimard and Mauclet have incorporated common spaces in their installation Olympia, a mixed-media exhibition that celebrates the history of the Olympia neighborhood. Every week during the run of the exhibition, 701 CCA and the artists have organized lectures, storytelling and other events that actually occur within the exhibition itself. This week, the artists invite the public to come and once again be a part of the art itself by actively asking them about the exhibition itself.

Saturday, February 13, 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 pm: Voices and Visuals from the Mills.  Come watch “The Cry of the Children,” a 1912 film about child labor in the mills and “The Uprising of 1934,” a 1995 documentary about the General Textile Strike, a significant turning point in the industry. This multi-media event will also feature music from the period from the Smithsonian Institute’s collection. Tom Terrill will bring his experience to the afternoon with commentary about the films and discussion facilitation among attendees. This event is free and open to the public.

“The Cry of the Children” will run at 11:30 A.M. and again at 4:00 P.M. “The Uprising of 1934” will show at 1:30 P.M. with discussion after that. Music will start at 12:30 P.M.

Tom Terrill was one of two principal historians for “The Uprising of 1934,” produced by George Stoney and Judith Helfand, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, and is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in American history with special interests in industrialization and labor history at the University of South Carolina (USC). Terrill was a professor in the History department at USC for 34 years. In 1969, he introduced African-American Studies, then called Black History, to the university. He was a historical consultant for a 1976 nationally televised film called “The Gardener’s Son,” written by Cormac McCarthy, about an 1876 murder in Graniteville, SC, and was the historian in charge for The American South Comes of Age, a television series. Terrill also co-authored The American South: A History (1991).

“The Cry of the Children” is presented courtesy of the Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.

Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 pm: What I Want The City Of Columbia To Do For The Arts Is…701 CCA will set up a open microphone and is encouraging anyone who is interested to come and voice their opinion on the headline theme. This is an exciting opportunity for the public to speak its mind about art in Columbia. 701 CCA will set up a stage area with an open microphone in the current gallery exhibition, Olympia. Attendees will sign up at the door for a five-minute turn at the microphone. If there are more speakers than speaking slots, a lottery will determine who gets to speak. Even if attendees have something to say that takes less than five minutes, they are very encouraged to take a turn at the microphone. The center has invited city and county officials and candidates, as well as mayoral candidates, so come to this event and speak your mind.

Monday, February 22, 7:30 pm. Everything Has To Go! LIVE AUCTION. Have you been eying a piece in Gallimard and Mauclet’s exhibition Olympia? Well this is your chance to bring it home. 701 CCA will be selling artwork from the installation by live auction. 
Olympia Exhibition and Reception Sponsors
Linda and Bill Stern

Gallimard & Mauclet Artist Residency Sponsors
City of Columbia
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Special thanks to Vulcan Materials Company, Emily Littlejohn Israel, Jamie Hendrick, Richard Irwin and the Dawsey Sunday School Class of Washington Street United Methodist Church for their loans and donations to the Olympia installation.

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