The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas: NAGB Newsletter - January 8th, 2021
reopened and your favourite museum is ready and waiting for you!
Regular opening hours (Tuesday - Sunday) are in effect and the NAGB has
been thoroughly prepared for your safety and enjoyment. Please join us
as we continue to celebrate our culture at your national art museum. The
NAGB is FREE for all Bahamians and Bahamian residents.
MEDICINE AND MEMORY
On Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 the
NAGB will launch the physical component of the permanent exhibition,
“Medicine and Memory” curated by Natalie Willis. This unique
project will take a look at our histories and practices around public
health in The Bahamas examined through the stunning artworks of Bahamian
artists, such as John Beadle, Melissa Alcena, Margot Bethel, Jacob
Frank Coonley, Tyrone Ferguson, Tamika Galanis, Peggy Hering, Leanne
Russell, Netica “Nettie” Symonette, Maxwell Taylor and many more.
"Medicine and Memory" begins to unpack complex and hybrid practices
around healing and medicine—of both the pharmaceutical and bush
variety—and examines the massive shifts in the health and wealth of the
land and its peoples over time. In the current moment—it should be
noted, we are not facing our first pandemic—the significance of how to
heal, maintain and protect the body is more important than ever - and
history shows our ability to adapt, survive, and thrive through it all.
This exhibition ties in beautifully with the concurrent exhibition
naturesPULSE in the Art Park, where visitors can also take a FREE
self-guided tour of the native plant species and learn about their
NAGB is now open! This means that our PULSE series, artworks featuring
Bahamian muralists and public art, is now available for the viewing
public. We look forward to your visit on Tuesdays - Saturdays between
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or Sundays between 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
You are invited to see Allan Wallace at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. painting LIVE
in the Ballroom. This is a unique opportunity to meet one of your
favourite artists in person, observing strict COVID-19 protocols of
the "Blank Canvas" 2020 Finale, we spoke with food culture with
Chef/Culinary Griot/Mentor Simeon Hall Jr., who is back from his stint
at the Four Seasons on Oahu to rediscover The Bahamas through food,
travelling across all the islands to discover the tru-tru Bahamian
cuisine, which evolves and changes from one space to the next, for his
Free Studio Museum Professionals Seminar for Budding Curators
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on January 11th, 2021 Dates: February 17th, February 24th, March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th Program Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Studio Museum seminar (held via Zoom and Google Classroom) is a series
of educational workshops aimed at supporting museum professionals
looking to incubate, ideate and network. The program promotes
discussion, interaction and exposure with special attention to
skill-building and career-readiness. Weekly readings will be assigned to
help steer conversations around relevant topic areas - which include
cultural specificity, curatorial practice, arts administration,
education and public programming.
are welcome from undergraduates, graduate students and early-career
professionals seeking opportunities to broaden their knowledge of the
The opportunity is paid, with participants receiving a $250 honorarium for completion of the program.
The Congo Biennale created by the Congolese visual artist, Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo and organised by the Kin Art Studio, is an
international art event dedicated to contemporary visual arts. For this
year, September 10th - October 24th, 2021, the Biennale will become a
must-attend event on the Congolese art scene with a great impact on the
international scene. Through its theme, “La Souffle des Ancestre” (The
Breath of the Ancestors), the Biennale will celebrate the links between
Africa, its diasporas and Afro-descendants, our common roots and the
diversity of cultural and artistic expressions. It is also a remarkable
opportunity to develop renewed artistic exchanges between the Americas,
the Caribbean, the Congo, and the countries of the African continent.
Paris-based curator Amelie Dakouo and Atlanta-based artist/curator Fahamu Pecou, PhD were recently announced as this year’s co-curators. NOW ACCEPTING PROJECT PROPOSALS!