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New Digital Exhibit | Revisiting Prop Master

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

The College Libraries’ are pleased to announce the release of Revisiting Prop Master, an interdisciplinary exhibit that expands upon the work of two artists and a museum as they explored Charleston’s history of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Revisiting Prop Master recreates and further explores the themes in the 2009 physical exhibition, Prop Master, an art installation by Susan Harbage Page and Juan Logan at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. This digital exhibit serves as a catalog of Prop Master‘s exploration of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s history of black/white and gender/sexual interconnectedness. In addition to serving as a catalog, Revisiting Prop Master shares interviews with the artists and discusses the history that underpins the art within Prop Master. Published on the 10th anniversary of Prop Master, this new exhibit carries on the important conversations that Logan and Page’s artwork unveiled.

Logan and Harbage Page accomplished their artwork by reimagining and rearranging the Gibbes’ collection. This exhibit serves as a venue for the ongoing conversations about how Charleston’s past and present connect.

With such diverse topics covered, this exhibit is a boon to those researching tourism in Charleston, representation in museums, the legacy of slavery in America, and Charleston and Lowcountry history.

The exhibit is produced by the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), an award-winning digital public history project hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) at the College of Charleston. LDHI would like to thank the exhibit’s authors, Stephanie Yuhl, Harlan Greene, and Sara Arnold, as well the artists, Susan Harbage Page and Juan Logan, for their support and collaborative effort.

Revisiting Prop Master—along with nearly two dozen other digital exhibits produced by LDHI—is freely available at ldhi.library.cofc.edu. To browse 100,000-plus images in the Lowcountry Digital Library, visit lcdl.library.cofc.edu.

About the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative

The Lowcountry Digital History Initiative is a digital public history project hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston. Funded through a pilot project grant from the Humanities Council of South Carolina and a major grant award from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, LDHI began development in 2013 and launched in 2014 as a digital consultation service, scholarly editorial resource, and online platform for partner institutions and scholars to collaborate in creating freely accessible digital public history exhibitions which focus on the Lowcountry region’s underrepresented history and culture. ldhi.library.cofc.edu

About the Lowcountry Digital Library

The Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) produces digital collections and projects that support research about the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and historically interconnected sites in the Atlantic World.  LCDL is committed to a multifaceted approach that incorporates historical and anthropological scholarship, oral history, integrative archival practices, digital librarianship, and spatial, temporal, and environmental information. Together with its institutional partners, LCDL helps students, scholars, and a wide range of public audiences develop a better understanding of the history and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry relative to the nation and the world. lcdl.library.cofc.edu