Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.
The new permanent exhibition, Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics, reconsiders both the National Collection and local private collections in regards to the colonial gaze and our post-colonial lives today, and features the work of over 20 artists. Opening March 31, 2017 Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics is a look into how our visual representation as a nation throughout history has been shaped as a result of the desires of colonial era tourism.
On March 22nd, 2018, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will present a historical survey of of works produced from the mid 1800s through 1960 by visiting artists and expatriates who were inspired by the then colony's landscape, light and bustling lifestyles. "Traversing the Picturesque: For Sentimental Value" features significant works by Armin Buchterkirch, Stephen Etnier, Hildegarde Hamilton, Harry Hoffmann, Sterling Miller, Gaspard Le Marchant Tupper, E. J. Read, Frederic Soldwedel and Hartwell Leon Woodcock.
In collaboration with the British Council, the NAGB will present the exhibition "We Suffer to Remain" featuring the evocative video installation "The Slave's Lament" by Scottish artist, Graham Fagen in tandem with visual responses by Bahamian artists Sonia Farmer, Anina Major and John Beadle. Fagen’s “The Slaves Lament” was exhibited at Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and "We Suffer to Remain" premise focuses on the fact that artists in postcolonial spaces have strong and embryonic reactions that can influence and build on the advancement and celebration of de-colonial art practices.