On March 22nd, 2018, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will present a historical survey of of works produced pre-Independence (1972) and pre Women's Suffrage movement (1962) 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.
For centuries, the Bahamas' sun, sand, and sea have served the senses as inspiration, invoking nostalgia, sentimentality and even romance. The collection of works will delve into the effects that the Bahamian landscape has had on art practices and the wide range of creatives that visited its shores, and broader to that the development of colonial imagery which has long standing and far reaching marks into the global construction of the iconographic status of The Bahamas as haven, a place of respite and paradise.
This exhibition will unearth those narratives: generational legacies; the complexities of the colonial gaze; and the borders and boundaries at which we try to define beauty from within and without.