October 13, 2014

Jumaadi: forgive me not to miss you not Unknown Picassos: Diurnes

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, School of the Arts at the College of Charleston

Left: Jumaadi, Untitled, 2007. Cardboard and gouache, 12 x 16 inches. Right: Picasso, Jacqueline aux arbres (Jacqueline of the trees) (detail). Découpages and photographs, 11.75 x 15.625 inches.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts presents two exhibitions, titled Jumaadi: forgive me not to miss you not and Unknown Picassos: Diurnes. The exhibitions will be on view at the Halsey Institute October 18 to December 6. Admission to the galleries is free.


Jumaadi: forgive me not to miss you not
In recognition of Charleston’s history as a significant international port city, the Halsey Institute provides a platform for the exchange of different cultural traditions through an international artist-in-residence program. For the fall 2014, the Halsey Institute has invited Jumaadi, a contemporary multimedia artist from Indonesia, to participate in a two-month residency. During the residency, Jumaadi will be creating new work to be exhibited at the Halsey Institute, including paintings and drawings as well as a series of contemporary and historical Indonesian shadow puppets.

Jumaadi currently divides his time between Sydney and Java, Indonesia. He works in multiple media with equal fluency—painting, drawing, sculpture, installations, and shadow puppets. In the past 15  years, he has been something of an itinerate artist, engaging with a variety of communities around the globe. Jumaadi’s paintings and drawings have an otherworldly feeling about them, as if the figures and landscapes are from a barely remembered dream. Many of his figures seem to be carrying burdens of some sort, a metaphor for the human condition. Jumaadi’s imagination is full of poetic wanderings that manifest through his various media.

Jumaadi has exhibited extensively in Australia, Indonesia, Asia, and Europe, but this will be his first exhibition in the United States. He was recently selected to participate in the Moscow Biennale in Russia. His residency and exhibition are supported in part by the Quattlebaum Artist-in-Residence Endowment and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.


Unknown Picassos: Diurnes 
A largely unknown work from 1962, Diurnes is a box decorated with color lithographs by Picasso containing 30 original photograms made by a then-young unknown photographer, André Villers, under Picasso’s instigation to “play with” some paper cutouts he had done for his grandchildren shortly after Matisse’s death in 1954. One thousand boxes were produced by Berggruen in Paris in 1962, with lithographs of the photograms, along with an 18-page poetic script by Jacques Prévert.

Dr. Diane Chalmers Johnson, Professor of Modern Art History at the College of Charleston, is the guest curator for this exhibition. Introduced to the art of Picasso in a senior seminar with Instructor Rosalind Krauss at Harvard University in 1964–65 (BA 1965), she received her PhD from the University of Kansas in 1970, and began her teaching career at the College of Charleston that fall.


Correlating events

Artist lecture with Jumaadi
Friday, October 17, 5:30pm

Gallery walk-through with Jumaadi
Saturday, October 18, 2pm

Curator-led tour of Picasso’s Diurnes with Dr. Diane Johnson 
Thursday, October 30, 6pm

Members-only curator-led tour with Halsey Institute Director Mark Sloan
Thursday, December 4, 6pm


About The Halsey Institute
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston provides a multidisciplinary laboratory for the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of ideas by innovative visual artists from around the world. As a non-collecting museum, we create meaningful interactions between adventurous artists and diverse communities within a context that emphasizes the historical, social, and cultural importance of the art of our time.


Karen Ann Myers, Associate Director: T +1 843 953 5659 / F +1 843 953 7890 / [email protected]


The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents Jumaadi and Picasso

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