is heating up at the NAGB! With new exhibitions on the way, exciting
events and creative programming, the NAGB delivers creative fun away
from the sun this August.
MMASC Awards Ceremony & Exhibition Opening
Mixed Media Art Summer Camp (MMASC) has ended and now it's time to
celebrate all of that hard work! The NAGB invites you to the MMASC
exhibition opening reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, August
1st, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
"Solomon" (2000), Stan Burnside, oil on canvas, 72 x 72 inches. National Collection
The new rehanging of the Permanent Exhibition opens this Thursday, August 1st, 2019. “Timelines: 1950-2007” is
curated by NAGB Assistant Curator, Richardo Barrett, and gives us an
overview of the art history of The Bahamas that led to what we know and
love as Bahamian art. The Nassuvians, the family islanders, the
immigrant artists, men, women, and all who fall between. Prepare to be
surprised by some of these pairings, and the pacing of this story of our
shared art history. “Timelines: 1950-2007” supports the work of 43 artists and predominantly draws on the National Collection.
"Visual Life of Social Affliction" (VLOSA) seeks to grapple with the
ways in which Caribbean visual practice critically engages long-standing
experiences of social suffering. Recognizing the real senses in which
the Caribbean not only was born in the structural violence of Native
genocide, African slavery, and Indian indenture instituted by colonial
powers, but has been sustained since then by the relentless continuation
of institutionalized disrespect, disregard, and dishonor, this project
seeks to capture the destructive impact of dominating powers on the
lives of Caribbean people.
"VLOSA" will open on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The opening is free and all are invited.
From the Collection: John Beadle's "Emancipation Day Boat Cruise"
"Emancipation Day Boat Cruise" (2000), John Beadle, acrylic on canvas, 71 x 53. National Collection
In the spirit of Emancipation Day, we are sharing this all-time favourite from the National Collection. John Beadle’s “Emancipation Day Boat Cruise”
(1998) was one of the first works purchased for the National
Collection, and shown at the Inaugural National Exhibition - the
first-ever. Journeys over sea hold a difficult history for us, but
Beadle’s bright depiction gives a sense of hopefulness alongside the
awareness of our past - a notion to keep as we move forward as a nation
and a region celebrating this day.
Partnerships An Exciting and Supportive Forum for All
Bahamas is home to vibrant, diverse, and talented artist communities.
This month, we will be turning the spotlight on women in the arts.
Bahamian women are breaking silences about social, cultural, and
political issues through their artwork. On August 7th, 2019, we will
bring together a panel of women artists to talk about their work and ask
Whitehead talks us through her practice and the work for her solo show
“…there are always two deaths”, but she does so through stories. We get
visuals and mental images of magic, spirituality, Jamaica and The
Bahamas. In sifting through the spirit of her lineage and heritage, we
see the thinking and experiences that lead to such a smart, visceral,
and deeply human body of work.