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 program begins at 6:00 p.m. with the unveiling of the museum's newest addition to the National Collection: The Gates Commission, by master metalsmith Tyrone Ferguson.
Participating artists in "Medium: Practices and Routes of Spirituality and Mysticism" include Carl Abrahamas, John Beadle, Dionne Benjamin-Smith, Lillian Blades, Wellington Bridgewater, Jackson Burnside, Stan Burnside, Eric Ellis, Amos Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Steve Marlon Hunt, Erica Moiah James, Eric Jean Louis, R. Brent Malone, Tony McKay, Jace McKinney, Niko Meicholas, Jeffrey Meris, Samantha Moree, Lavar Munroe, Antonius Roberts, Angelo Roker, Heino Schmid, Tavares Strachan, Dave Smith, Clive Stuart, Max Taylor, Rembrandt Taylor, and Averia Wright.
With a special installation by Netica Symonette in the NAGB’s Ballroom and a unique gallery commission by Allan P. Wallace.