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West and West Hill Streets
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

(242) 328-5800

Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.

Exhibitions

Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics
Mar
31
to Feb 18

Revisiting An Eye for the Tropics

  • NAGB (Permanent Exhibition) (map)
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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.

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Thierry Lamare Retrospective: Love, Loss and Life
Apr
27
to Oct 22

Thierry Lamare Retrospective: Love, Loss and Life

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The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will produce and present a retrospective of Thierry  Lamare's work entitled, "Love, Loss and Life. The exhibition opens on April 27th and runs through September 10, 2017 and features over 90 works from several local, regional and international collectors. 

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Double Dutch: Re: Encounter with Dede Brown and Joiri Minaya
Oct
13
to Nov 26

Double Dutch: Re: Encounter with Dede Brown and Joiri Minaya

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Re: Encounter brings together Dominican-born, New York-based artist Joiri Minaya and Bahamian artist Dede Brown who have developed individual projects that speak towards issues of being postcolonial subjects. Both practices use representations in nature and the feminised to confront patriarchy, the rigidity of history and the stronghold of colonial narratives. The show opens in the NAGB Ballroom on Friday, October 13 through Sunday, November 12, 2017. 

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Art of The Bahamas at the Elliott Museum
Dec
14
to Feb 25

Art of The Bahamas at the Elliott Museum

The exhibit Art of the Bahamas is a collaboration between the Elliott Museum and The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. The exhibit includes more than 40 paintings on loan from NAGB and some from local artists who painted the Islands. The exhibition celebrates the creative spirit of these islands whose diversity of vision has inspired, and indeed continues to inspire the voices and visions of successive generations of artists. Art of the Bahamas, will run December 15, 2017 through February 26, 2018 at the Elliott Museum, 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, Florida. The exhibition is included with regular museum admission and is open everyday from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information visit www.ElliottMuseum.org.

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Drew Weech: A Self-Portrait
Jan
25
to Feb 25

Drew Weech: A Self-Portrait

 In “A Self-Portrait” emerging Bahamian artist, Drew Weech, aims to provide - through both painting and sculpture - a window into what it's like to struggle with depression by presenting a body of work which vacillates between both the ephemeral and the perpetual aspects of the disorder.

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From the Collection: Maxwell Taylor’s “The Immigrants No.3” (c1990)
Oct
10
4:30pm 4:30pm

From the Collection: Maxwell Taylor’s “The Immigrants No.3” (c1990)

Maxwell Taylor’s woodcut prints are truly a thing of beauty in more ways than the obvious. The stark contrast and drama of a black and white printed image is something to behold in itself, but the way that he incorporates black bodies and the struggles they go through adds a poignant beauty of a different kind. He doesn’t make the struggle pretty, he shows people with the nobility they deserve, migrants included. Using the traditional practice of woodcut printmaking, Taylor’s “The Immigrants No.3” (c.1990) holds just as much meaning now as it did when it was first shown.

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Those From Shallow Waters: A Collection of Short Docs by Settler’s Cove Productions
Sep
19
to Oct 8

Those From Shallow Waters: A Collection of Short Docs by Settler’s Cove Productions

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"Those from Shallow Waters" is a collection of shorts by Settler's Cove Productions, about the inhabitants of The Bahamas (derived from the Spanish "baja mar," meaning shallow seas). The collection tells the unique and contemporary stories about born-and-bred Bahamians and those who have made The Bahamas their home.

 

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Double Dutch: Of Skin and Sand with Edrin Symonette and Leasho Johnson
Jul
21
to Sep 24

Double Dutch: Of Skin and Sand with Edrin Symonette and Leasho Johnson

"Of Skin and Sand," brings together Jamaican artist Leasho Johnson and Bahamian artist Edrin Symonette who have developed individual projects that speak towards issues of gender constructs, masculinity and sexuality within a Black Caribbean context. On Friday, July 21st starting at 7 p.m. we invite the general public to the opening of the project along with an artists’ talk with both artists. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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Gabrielle Banks: The Mark of a Woman
Jun
22
to Jul 30

Gabrielle Banks: The Mark of a Woman

On Thursday, June 22nd starting at 6 p.m., the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will introduce emerging Bahamian artist and acclaimed RISD student Gabrielle Banks’ body of work ‘The Mark of a Woman’ in the Project Space Room. Banks’ actively comments and interrogates being a marginalized body and this functions as the continuous theme and conversation within her paintings. Many of the colors used in her palette express a nature of blackness that cannot be directly defined or restricted by societal standards and stereotypes. As a person of colour, she explores a complicated yet beautiful minefield which is provocative, rich and complex. 

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Blake Fox & Shanteena Simms: Again. Again. Again
May
25
to Jun 18

Blake Fox & Shanteena Simms: Again. Again. Again

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is proud to welcome and continue our ongoing partnership with the University of The Bahamas Art Programme. Under the guidance of Associate Professor and artist Heino Schmid, the selection this year welcomes two emerging Long-Island artists and budding educators, Blake Fox and Shanteena Simms.

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George Cox - The Unseen Structure
Apr
27
to Jul 9

George Cox - The Unseen Structure

A retrospective focusing on the works of Bahamian Civil and Structural Engineer George Cox, The Unseen Structure showcases several important sites of development across New Providence and several family islands. The Unseen Structure will be informed by collaborations with architect Teran Nicholls and Patrick Rahming, former associates of Cox along with contemporary artists. Artists and collaborations in the exhibition will function as a way to strip away that layer, barrier, and partition with the people who live in an environment and the apparatus of it being.

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MAXAMOS: A Tale of Two Paradises
Mar
27
to Apr 21

MAXAMOS: A Tale of Two Paradises

  • Hope Town, Abaco The Bahamas (map)
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Family Island access to the National Collection is of immense importance to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB). To answer the call of sharing Bahamian art with every citizen possible, the NAGB developed a travelling exhibition using the works of two iconic Bahamian masters, Maxwell Taylor and Amos Ferguson. This spring, MAXAMOS travels to the Abacos. We are grateful to the Hummingbird Cottage Arts Centre in Hope Town, our island partner, for being a magnificent host.

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Chantal Bethel: Holey Space
Oct
27
to Jan 7

Chantal Bethel: Holey Space

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 January 8, 2017.

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Double Dutch: Heino Schmid + Deborah Anzinger
Sep
22
to Nov 27

Double Dutch: Heino Schmid + Deborah Anzinger

Double Dutch brings together artists from the region and diaspora to produce provocative bodies of work through collaboration and exchange. The project works against ideas of nationalism and the insularity of our creative environs by creating an experimental hub to explore regional and diasporic culture, our creative acumen and sensibilities. 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.

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K Smith: Medium of the Masters, Master of the Medium
Sep
8
to Oct 16

K Smith: Medium of the Masters, Master of the Medium

Canadian-born, Nassau-based artist of twenty-five years, K Smith attributes his skill and artistic aptitude to the fact that his talent is generational. Passed on through generations, this ancestral understanding of creativity, attention to detail and innate skill has led him over the course of his 40-year practice, to create some of the most technical hyper-realistic images in graphite and color pencil in the Bahamas. 

On Saturday, September 10 the NAGB will host a special unveiling of a K Smith's 2016 drawing from 3 - 5 pm with a champagne hour at 5 pm. The show will open on September 8, and runs through October 16, 2016.

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A Sustainable Future for Exuma: A Traveling Toolbox
Aug
11
to Nov 27

A Sustainable Future for Exuma: A Traveling Toolbox

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The world is currently facing many ecological challenges relating to questions of resource, scarcity, pollution, climate change and risk. Such issues are amplified on fragile island communities. In this context, how should society and governments anticipate the future of citizens? What plans should be made?

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Double Dutch: The Colour and The Shape
Jul
28
to Sep 18

Double Dutch: The Colour and The Shape

Double Dutch brings together artists from the region and diaspora to produce provocative bodies of work through collaboration and exchange. The project works against ideas of nationalism and the insularity of our creative environs by creating an experimental hub to explore regional and diasporic culture, our creative acumen and sensibilities. 

 

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.  

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Art Supply Drive 2016
Jun
9
to Jun 26

Art Supply Drive 2016

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.

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Curators' Talk with Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson
Apr
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Curators' Talk with Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson

On Friday, April 29, the curators of EN MAS': Carnival, Junkanoo and Performance Art of the Caribbean, Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson, will lead a discussion on the exhibition. The two will discuss the concept of having a show that links performance art and street festivals with fine art. They will share details about the process that connected artists across many borders. Guests will be encouraged to think critically about the origins of particular elements of street festivals like carnival and Junkanoo that we often overlook, including the mask, the drum and the parade. The talk begins at 6 p.m. and all members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

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From Columbus to Junkanoo
Apr
19
to Mar 19

From Columbus to Junkanoo

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“From Columbus to Junkanoo” highlights the growth and divergence of Bahamian art beyond last century. We hope the showcase will challenge perspectives and assumptions and present a comprehensive representation of the different elements of the Bahamian story internally and with the world at large.

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 Double Dutch: A Calendar of Conditioning (Charles Campbell + John Cox)
Sep
29
to Oct 4

Double Dutch: A Calendar of Conditioning (Charles Campbell + John Cox)

Double Dutch brings together artists from the region to produce provocative bodies of work through collaboration and exchange. The first project of its kind sanctioned by the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, the project works against ideas of nationalism and the insularity of our creative environs by creating a safe space to explore regional culture and our creative acumen and sensibilities. 

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Celebrating 40 Years of the Central Bank
Jun
2
to Oct 4

Celebrating 40 Years of the Central Bank

Celebrating 40 Years of The Central Bank: A Pillar of Arts Commitment will highlight the role Central Bank of The Bahamas has played in developing the country’s visual arts community since its founding. Organizers intend the show to commemorate Central Bank’s commitment to serving as a reservoir of wealth in both financial and cultural spheres. The exhibition will showcase over 80 works by 72 artists featured in Central Bank’s extensive art collection. Curated by NAGB Director Amanda Coulson, the show opens on June 2.

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Double Dutch: 50|50 — Blue Curry & James Cooper
Jun
2
to Aug 31

Double Dutch: 50|50 — Blue Curry & James Cooper

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Double Dutch is sensitive to the economy of space and scale as well as the feasibility of transportation and mobility through the region. For this reason, the project attempts to create and maintain ties throughout the Caribbean with the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas as pilot and conduit. 

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