The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites the public to our conversation series in support of our exhibition “Traversing the Picturesque: For Sentimental Value,” which presents a historical overview of works created by visiting artists and expatriates from the 1850s through 1960.
Art dealer and aficionado, Jay Koment will be in conversation with historian and literature professor Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett who has done a significant amount of scholarship on the ways in which Nassau has transformed over the last 3 decades. The talk will present a mapping of how we view the body of historical works today versus the criteria and context of the moment in which they were created.
Moving through the quality of light and the movement of people into and out of the space, we will consider change and stagnation in Nassau, and the tension that arises from these conflicting states of being. A walk through of the exhibition with Koment and Bethell-Bennett will follow the conversation. We will acknowledge and celebrate how the past meddles into today’s reality.