Work of Lonnie Holley debuts in ‘Something to Take My Place’ exhibit at the Halsey

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is mounting a solo show of Lonnie Holley’s assemblages.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art will debut a much-anticipated collection by Lonnie Holley called “Something to Take My Place” this week. The show features 40 works, mostly sculptures and other textured creations, that convey themes and tragic events woven throughout Holley’s life story. The pieces are on loan by the self-taught artist, collector William Arnett, and the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation. His works have also been displayed in prominent shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibit opens to the public with a reception Friday, and will remain on view until Oct. 10. The artist will discuss the works with curator Mark Sloan, director of the Halsey, at a gallery talk Saturday. A concert showcasing Holley’s musical side — a unique style of creating jazz tunes on the spot with a keyboard — will be held at the Charleston Music Hall at 8 p.m. Sept. 12.

When: Reception is 6:30- 8 p.m. Friday, gallery talk is 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St.

Price: Free

More info: Halsey.cofc.edu.

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