How do we define ourselves? What does a dialect do and, within that vernacular, what does our dissent sound like? “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean” is a look at the way language–both verbal and visual–has shaped The Bahamas and how we view ourselves. From the way we speak, to the way that we voice our discontent, to the way we envision ourselves as women and as part of the Black Diaspora, “Hard Mouth” is a call to the “biggity” and bold nature of Bahamians and a foray into how this archipelago, around the Tongue of the Ocean itself, finds its voice.
This year campers went “Back to da Island” as we explored indigenous Bahamian crafts like straw work, basket weaving, shellcraft, wood carving and much more, in traditional and not so traditional ways, all while learning the stories from and the histories of the islands where these different crafts originated. Their exploration of materials and techniques paid homage to Bahamian crafts in their original form while pushing it into the realm of fine art, building a bridge between two equally important forms of creative expression.
On Tuesday, July 3rd, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will showcase a collection of works for the first time by established and seasoned woodturner, Robin Hardy. The exhibition will include 20 pieces that are move between functional, practical and aesthetic objects including bowls, gourd-like structures and other wood pieces that move between benches and tables. The exhibition "Part Nature, Part Nurture" will be on view through Sunday, July 29th, 2018
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.
On March 22nd through July 29th, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents the first of two historical surveys exhibitions that include works produced from 1856-1960 by visiting artists and expatriates, who were inspired by the then-colony's landscapes, people, luminescence, coastlines and seas and bustling lifestyles. Traversing the Picturesque: For Sentimental Value draws from several familiar and a few new collections to detail the breadth and scope of how The Bahamas has been framed within the popular global imagination and the impact of the colonial and outsider gaze on the development of a historical understanding of the nation.
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.
Currently in its third year, the NAGB's travelling exhibition programme proudly presents "Trans: A Migration of Identity," which will begin its journey in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Dissecting national identity through the lens of visual artists, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents works that question and respond to our collective reality - one that is shaped by the movement of peoples of many origins: Africa, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
En Mas’: Carnival, Junkanoo and Performance Art of the Caribbean, the exhibition’s Bahamian iteration, will be on view at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas April through July 2016.
The NAGB is pleased to invite you to come down and view this dazzling body of works. 'R. Brent Malone: Reincarnation' – a retrospective exhibition spanning the entire gallery features more than 250 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptural pieces by late artist Brent Malone.
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.
On January 4th, 2014, At the age of 72, Mr. Winston “Gus” Cooper, one of the founders of The Valley Boys Junkanoo group, passed away at Princess Margaret Hospital. On April 15th, 2014, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas opens a tribute show entitled, "The Ace of Spades – The Father of Modern Day Junkanoo," curated by the well-known Bahamian artist, Mr. John Beadle
Bahamian artist Kishan Munroe has crafted a multi-disciplinary, analytical project that is not only designed to function as appealing visual, audio and literary arts, but which also simultaneously writes a major part of our nation’s history that has, for far too long, gone under-investigated contextually. This project uses the tragedy of the sinking of HMBS Flamingo of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force fleet on May 10, 1980, as a point of dissection and departure, to address further historical and cultural nuances that have shaped Bahamian culture and interactions with the Bahamas’ nearest neighbour. Designed to inspire critical analysis, this investigation comprises an international collaboration with a cadre of both nations’ leading authorities in social sciences and the arts.
With the unfolding of the series of incidents surrounding the sinking of HMBS Flamingo, the newly independent Commonwealth of The Bahamas, still in its infancy, was thrust into the global spotlight, finding itself having to deal with one of the most sensitive issues a country could possibly face at the time: the possibility of open war - war with a Communist country, well-provisioned militarily, during the height of the internationally tense “Cold War.”
This in-depth investigation provides a much-needed contextual foundation. It is offered to increase comprehension in The Bahamas and beyond our shores of the socio-political and cultural climates at various points in time, which in some way contributed to or influenced the attack of Cuban military forces on HMBS Flamingo and subsequent related and extraordinary events. It is not the intention of Munroe of his collaborators to seek to place blame or unearth bitter sentiments, but rather to perpetuate the spirit of deliberative communication that both countries have fostered thus far and is ever important to the upward progress of mankind.
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Features from The John Beadle Project:
- Artwork by a single artist, John Beadle.
- Exhibition explores issues concerning security within your own homeland.
- Pieces are primarily constructed out of metal, cardboard and paper.
- Ominous human silhouettes are constructed from colonial-style metal curlicue gates, mosquito netting, or chain link.
- The installation raises the issue of gating in our communities: What message does this send to our neighbors?
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“Junkanoo is a celebration. Junkanoo represents the spirit of the Bahamian culture, and it is this spirit, once celebrated with the intensity of the parades in all other aspects of our culture, that will provide the leadership for our society in the future.” - Jackson Burnside III, 2009.
Features from As We Knew Him:
Exhibition contains 40+ Junkanoo costumes from the One Family group.
As We Knew Him explores Jackson Burnside's contribution to Junkanoo, Bahamian Art, Culture and Education.
Costumes came from 3 Shacks: Gaza, White House, and Dynasty.
Features rare paintings from the Burnside Family's personal collection.
Exhibition with 4 sections, Costumes, Paintings, Education and Inspiration.
Fun Jackson Burnside facts:
Burnside studied Architecture at a young age.
Considered himself an Educator, Junkanoo-er, and Artist.
Co-founded Doongalik Studios with his wife, Pamela Burnside.