2015

Exhibitions


January 8 - February 22

Frank poor: displaced

The exhibition’s title, Displaced, refers to Georgia native Poor’s exploration of the vernacular architecture of the South from the vantage point of someone who left region some 25 years ago. In his work, Poor gives vernacular Southern architecture a contemporary twist. While both the structural forms and photos are precise, they don’t necessarily fit precisely in each individual work. “The resulting tension,” Poor says, “is a metaphor for the relationship between the experienced world and our memories of it.” What Poor sees in the South 25 years after he left might be structurally intact, but his memory of it is not.

March 5 - April 19

eto otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. 701 CCA artist in residence, Eto Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition included a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects.

 
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May 7 - June 21

Shannon Rae Lindsey: Entropic perceptions

In this exhibition, Lindsey used the Center’s gallery to create a large-scale installation that responds to, and literally transforms, the traditional architecture of the space. Using man-made commercial construction materials, she has built pieces throughout the installation in such a way that they challenge our pre-conceived notions of beauty, function, and public space.  The large forms, placed throughout the gallery, not only redefine their surrounding environment, but also speak to the radical change the artist has effected in the appearance of their materials. She has given the nondescript raw materials of the builder and architect a way to take on a mysterious life of their own.

July 7 - August 23

Tyrone Geter: Black!

Tyrone Geter: BLACK! presented recent works by the artist who, after extensive travel, work and study in Africa, made South Carolina his home. Combining masterful draftsmanship with assemblage and installation elements, Geter has consistently produced a bold body of work that offers powerful perspectives on the black American experience. These come not only after one hundred and fifty years since the end of the Civil War and the passing of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. constitution but also in a period when we are asked to consider the value of black lives in today’s contentious world. Using a visceral, figurative approach into which mixed media elements have been freely woven, Geter’s art holds us captive to its aggressive power and intriguing formal resolutions.

September 11 - december 20

the 701 cca south carolina biennial part I&II

The 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013 is a survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists. The Biennial is an initiative of 701 CCA and was first held in 2011. The goals of the Biennial exhibition are to provide a venue to showcase recent work reflecting local, regional and national trends and issues influencing contemporary artists living and working in South Carolina and to increase awareness and appreciation of the artistic contributions and accomplishments of the state’s visual artists. The exhibition draws on the breadth of the visual arts community by providing a multi-media juried statewide exhibition opportunity every two years.

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Events


April 11 - 12

Columbia Open Studios 2015

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios is an annual, self-led, driving tour of artists’ working studios spans the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties, showcasing the Midlands’ talented visual art community.

April 20

Storm & Chess: Nick Jenkins and sara Peck

Storm & Chess is a collaborative multimedia (poetry, sound, and video) art piece that explored the dissolving of barriers created through words and gestures. The piece is a collaboration by Charleston artist/musician, Nick Jenkins, and Charleston artist/poet, Sara Peck. The performance was in the Olympia Room next to the 701 CCA gallery.

June 16

Large Unit: Paal Nilssen - Love

Paal Nilssen-Love has been one of the world’s most prolific and active musicians that came out of Norway for the last 20 years. With thousands of gigs and hundreds of recordings the drummer is known for bands like The Thing, OffOnOff, Ballister, Hairy Bones, Chicago Tentet, and Original Silence, as well as collaborations with musicians like Arto Lindsay, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, Ken Vandermark, Jim O’Rourke, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, Michiyo Yagi and many others.

 
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August 15

Young Artists Festival

Young Arts Festival is an end of summer festival that celebrates young artists, ages 6 to 17, in our community. The Festival also showcases the works created by summer camp programs in Columbia. This celebration of art includes art making activities, games, performances, an art exhibition, and more.

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Workshops


June - August

Summer Youth Art Workshops

Each summer, 701 Center for Contemporary Art offers Youth Summer Art Workshops. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the arts, creating artwork under the guidance of local artists and art instructors. Students are able to work in several art making activities! Classes are held at 701 CCA’s Artist-in-Residence studio loft, located on the second floor of the historic 701 Whaley building in Columbia. The building was once the community center for mill workers and residents of the nearby Olympia mill village. Now Columbia’s budding artists can join the creative community at 701 CCA.


Artist-In-Residence


January 12 - February 21

Shannon Rae Lindsay

As winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2014, which was the second installment of the biennial event, Lindsey received among other things, a residency at 701 CCA and a solo exhibition at the center. Using man-made commercial construction materials, she built pieces throughout her installation, Entropic Perceptions, in such a way that they challenge our pre-conceived notions of beauty, function, and public space. The large forms, placed throughout the gallery, not only redefine their surrounding environment, but also speak to the radical change the artist has effected in the appearance of their materials. She has given the nondescript raw materials of the builder and architect a way to take on a mysterious life of their own.

March 1 - 31

Eto Otitigbe

While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe collaborated with Wideman/Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag.

May 10 - June 6

Frank Mccauley

701 CCA and its May 2015 Artist in Residence, Frank McCauley, presented The Frank McCauley New Media Festival in the center’s artist’s loft. The Sumter, S.C., artist and curator showed a different new media production by different artists on four consecutive Sundays – May 10, 17, 24 and 31. McCauley introduced each production during its Sunday matinee premiere with talk at 2:00 p.m. Each production ran continuously during regular opening hours at 701 CCA along with the exhibition Shannon Rae Lindsey: Entropic Perceptions, which is in the center’s gallery.

August 10 - November 9

Kristy Bishop