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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Baham’Art en Seine on view at the French Arts Factory
Dec
11
to Dec 17

Baham’Art en Seine on view at the French Arts Factory

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), in collaboration with the Bahamas Tourism Board and the French Arts Factory, is proud to present the exhibition “Baham’Art en Seine” featuring six prominent Bahamian artists including Chantal Bethel, Stan Burnside, Claudette Dean, Thierry Lamare, Toby Lunn and Lynn Parotti, on view at the French Art Factory from December 11th - 17th, 2017.

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Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism
Dec
14
to Mar 11

Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism

  • Temporary Gallery 1 + 2 (map)
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From December 14th, 2017 through March 11th, 2018, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will present a survey of contemporary works that define and interrogate the critical edge of the birth and development of The Bahamas as a monolithic conservative Christian country. Through the development of opposing dialogues, the stronghold of rites of passage, the tenuous nature of buried histories and the fragility of personal stories, Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism will unearth encounters with a “thing” that lies amorphous, often beyond the power of words.

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Art of The Bahamas at the Elliott Museum
Dec
15
to Feb 26

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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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

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 the rigidity of history and the stronghold of colonial narratives. The show opens in the NAGB Ballroom on Friday, October 13th, and runs through Sunday, November 26, 2017. 

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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

  • National Art Gallery of The Bahamas Project Space Room (map)
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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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Thierry Lamare Retrospective: Love, Loss and Life
Apr
27
to Nov 12

Thierry Lamare Retrospective: Love, Loss and Life

  • NAGB: (Temporary Gallery 2) (map)
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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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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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From Columbus to Junkanoo
Apr
19
to Mar 19

From Columbus to Junkanoo

  • NAGB (Permanent Exhibtion) (map)
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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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