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Photographs of Spoleto, Italy featured in Gibbes Exhibit in partnership with Spoleto Festival USA

The Gibbes Museum of Art will present the exhibition JoAnn Verburg: Interruptions in the Rotunda Galleries from May 28 through August 22, 2010. Organized in conjunction with Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, the exhibition features recent portraits and large single and multi-panel architectural prints made in Spoleto, Italy.

JoAnn Verburg: Interruptions is offered in partnership with Spoleto Festival USA, the premier international arts festival that runs throughout Charleston from May 28 through June 13, 2010. This exhibition was made possible by funding from US Trust and the Jerome Robbins Foundation.

JoAnn Verburg photographs the narrow streets and passageways of the historic center of Spoleto, Italy, an ancient Umbrian city where she and her husband, poet Jim Moore, live part-time. The images depict angled building facades, receding courtyards and transitory corridors that emphasize the subjectivity of perception and observation through calculated shifts in her camera's focus and perspective. In contrast, Verburg's tightly cropped, close-ups of Spoleto's residents are timeless yet grounded compositions. A hardcover catalog published by Steidl accompanies JoAnn Verburg: Interruptions. The catalog includes an essay by Walter Liedtke, Curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

“This exhibition allows us to showcase a world-renowned photographer while reinforcing the connection between the festival in Charleston and the city of Spoleto. JoAnn Verburg’s body of work features the residents and architecture of Spoleto with an emphasis on the intersection between past and present—a concern as relevant for Charleston as it is for the city of Spoleto” according to Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack.

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