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Exhibition- The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation
Start Date: 10/5/2012Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 10/5/2012End Time: 4:00 PM
This event recurs daily until 10/6/2012.   Click here to see the series dates.

Event Description:
Where does personal story end and national history begin? Wherein lies the truth of the stories our fathers tell us, and how does the dishonesty and falseness of familial history impact the moral underpinnings of a society? Los Angeles artist F. Scott Hess explores these questions in this multimedia exhibition of the artist’s paternal ancestry that spans four centuries.
The Paternal Suit consists of over 100 paintings, prints, and objects created by Hess, but presented as legitimate historical artifacts, and supported by photographs, documents, and historical ephemera. Each object and artwork bears an artist’s name and detailed provenance and has been executed in the style of the century from which it supposedly originates. Sculpture, ceramics, furniture, toys, newspaper clippings, historic photographs, guns, and costumes advance the story. Hess does not claim authorship for the works on display. Instead, he ascribes to them fictional artists, referring to himself as the Director of the “F. Scott Hess Family Foundation.”
The exhibition follows Hessʼs ancestral lineage from 17th century England to the Puritan settlements of South Carolina and Georgia, where family members became key players in the War Between the States (1860–65). Through the prism of his ancestry, Hess examines the impact of false history and deception within each generation and throughout society as a whole, and questions the authority of these perceived “truths.” The ultimate subtext for the installation, which traces the trajectory of the Iverson, Patton, Nolan, and Hess family lines, is the seven-year old artist’s abandonment by his own father after a parental divorce.
Location Information:
Main Campus - The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts  (View Map)
161 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Charleston

Main Campus - The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts  (View Map)
161 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Charleston
Room: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Contact Information:
Name: Karen Ann Myers
Phone: 3-4422
Email: MyersKA@cofc.edu
F. Scott Hess - Marionettes
Attachments For This Event:
    > Press Release for The Paternal Suit exhibition
Admission Information
Free and open to the public.
Monday through Saturday 11am to 4pm.
Now open until 7pm on Thursdays.

Free guided tours are available for any interested party. Just call us!
Event URL
http://halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions/f.-scott-hess/

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