American director Les Blank during his lifetime made forty documentaries, and none more lovingly captured the spirit of what it is to be an artist than his 1994 film 'The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists'.
In Chantal Bethel’s Holey Space, we honor the matriarch, goddess, Atabey as she hunts, gathers, protects and glistens like gold in the shine of the sun. She is unmovable; the heroine, mother and the centre of her parable. Here she is already fiction, already lost, the frame of her body writhing on history pages, withering away slowly from our collective memory and what we are left with are traces.
Holey Space will be on view in the Project Space (PS) Room of the NAGB from October 27th through December 18th, 2016
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas would like to alert the general public and our patrons that we will be closed on Tuesday as we prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. Once the weather clears, we will resume regular opening hours.
On October 1st, 2016 6-9pm, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas will host the official opening of 'A Sustainable Future for Exuma: A Traveling Toolbox'.
Caribbean Studies Association will be partnering with the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas to conduct a Press Conference launch to speak more about details of the 2017 conference on Friday 30th September, 4:00 – 5:30pm at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West Hill Street.
'the observer and the observed' features work by Jamaican artist Deborah Anzinger and Bahamian artist Heino Schmid, each of them exploring ideas around representation, the body and how the gaze in effect changes ideas of relation, security, eroticism and social awareness. The artists will speak about their individual and collaborative works on the evening of September 22nd starting at 7 pm at the NAGB. The event is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, September 10 the NAGB will host a special unveiling of a unique Kim Smith's 2016 drawing from 3 - 5 pm with a champagne hour at 5 pm.
K Smith, Medium of the Masters, Master of the Medium will open in the NAGB 's Project Space room on September 8, and runs through October 16, 2016.
The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) are happy to announce their first formal collaboration for the Annual BNT Wine and Art Festival scheduled to take place on Friday October 28th and Saturday, October 29th, 2016.
The last film for the summer series comes from Belgium, Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 1999). It highlights the universal desire of wanting a job and the power that comes along with having a sense of pride when providing for loved ones, regardless of the personal cost.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is currently hiring for the following full-time positions: Communications and Development Officer and full-time receptionist.
The fourth film in the the NAGB Summer Series, Beasts of the Southern Wild, by famed US director Benh Zeitlin, deals with the devastation post-Hurricane Katrina and the American South. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a film that explores fantasy and myth, magical realism, family, and childhood. This breakthrough and pioneering film brought to the big screen the iconic 'Hushpuppy' on a quest to find her mother. Through the narrative development, and storyline its momentum creates an ecosystem of fluid motion at once exploring lore, mythologies, life, love and the hereafter.
During the pre-colonial and colonial era, there were an array of issues regarding racism, hierarchical standing, class struggles and most importantly, enslavement. These issues posed threats on the black native, as they are being portrayed as accessories, cargo or props in society. There were little to no record of documented black resistance through art, none-the-less, native artists that expressed themselves on a professional level.
For the NE8, the hope is challenge artists to think about universality, about the ways in which human beings continue to orbit incongruencies, glitches in experiences and near extinguishment of stories, narratives and ideas. We are sometimes moving at lightning speed through a barrage of thoughts, feelings and contradictions, and as creatives, we struggle to find meaning within our lives and to move beyond producing work that merely mirrors society. Within this, we wonder and question the reality of nurturing cultural legacy in a space that practices cultural amnesia. How do we work to unfix this and how do we pay testament to the complex fragmentation of selfhood?
The Colour and the Shape will investigate the correlations between Bahamian artist Kendra Frorup and US-based, Puerto Rican artist Gabriel Ramos’ understanding and representation of cultural identity and its connection to childhood and growing up in the tropics. The artists will speak about their individual and collaborative works on the evening of July 28th starting at 7pm at the NAGB. The event is free and open to the public.
Nowé Harris-Smith will have a special viewing of 'A-Figuration' at the NAGB, tomorrow, Saturday July 9th from 10 am to 3 pm. The show runs through Sunday, August 7th, 2016. The public are welcome to join us. RSVP to attend here. https://www.facebook.com/events/269880526711221/
The NAGB continues our Summer Film Series with an exciting double bill starting at 8 pm on Thursday. We will be showcasing the iconic documentary ‘Always For Pleasure’ and local filmmaker Maria Govan’s “Junkanoo: The Heartbeat of a People.” We look forward to seeing you there.
Art Supply Drive 2016 In August 2013, Doongalik Studios Art Gallery and The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas launched an annual community service initiative aimed at bridging the financial gap for art students attending government high schools in the country. Recent conversations with art educators had revealed that due to the high cost of materials, students were opting out of art courses or attending classes without even the most rudimentary supplies.
NAGB is pleased to announce the return of its annual summer camp, the Mixed Media Art Summer Camp. This year, kids ages 7 to 18 are welcomed to the NAGB, where they’ll spend their time learning visual art techniques, exploring different avenues of creativity and developing their knowledge of art.