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Feature From The Exhibition: Northwest Gallery

Resurrection by Claudette Dean

Claudette Dean’s Resurrection explores our societal understanding of human identity. Metaphorically, Dean’s piece speaks to the sameness that we are all born into. However, in the passage of life our very being becomes fragmented through the use of labels. Visually, Dean speaks personally to the visitor as she dissects her fragmented identity by boldly stating that she is “more than” each societal label ascribed her to her body. This notion of fragmentation is echoed in Candis Marshall’s Pilgrimage. Upon a cursory glance, Marshall’s piece appears to be a close up of a plant, with the plants body in the faded background. Metaphorically, the piece speaks to the passing of time, as two human-like figures appear to be making a pilgrimage together. Through the use of bold colors the two beings are made part of a large collective whole, and in their pilgrimage they are fragmented and made different from the whole.

View of the Northeastern Gallery

Steven Schmid’s pregnant female in Gedankenexperience visually echoes the works of the old masters, with a female softly clutching her swollen belly as her head is bowed in reverence and peace. Despite her peaceful pose, Schmid’s piece is awash in dark elements that speak to the fragility of one’s cultural acceptance and place in society upon birth of a child that is not societally deemed appropriate or acceptable. Apryl Burrows’ Independence 4.0 also echoes cultural acceptance and the struggle for equality. Burrows’ female is clad in a flesh colored gown of fabric strips and chains. Each strip contains an element from The Bahamian constitution pertaining to women’s rights and their right to vote. Despite the empowering words written on these strips, the gown is also awash in chains, which reflect women’s ongoing struggle for full freedoms and equality in The Bahamas.

Gedankenexperience by Steven Schmid


National Exhibition (NE) 6: Kingdom Come is currently on display in T1 and T2.

Feature From The Exhibition: The Ballroom

How do you rise above life’s dramatic changes and transitions with a smile on your face or a shred of hope? Some suggest that we don’t rise above them at all but instead move with these changes, these minor and major apocalypses. Joseph Campbell philosophizes that we have to dive into the fire to find our treasure. Many of the artists in this space have dived into an abyss of some kind. Whether it be the exposure of Bahamian societal issues in Kishan Munroe’s Beacon of Hope, physical and emotional turmoil in Kendra Frorup’s installations Duran Duran and A Constant Internal Smile or Dede Brown’s study of rebirth in her installation Chaos is the law of nature; Order is the dream of man, on the most basic level these works speak to our natural human instinct for persistent survival in the midst of change.

Munroe explores contentious topics and issues within his painting Beacon of Hope. We are a country that is “in the way” of many Haitian’s desperate for escape to the United States. As a result, Haitian immigration has become an inevitable and chronic problem that became exacerbated by shipwrecks, capsized boats and shanty towns burning to the ground. Munroe is concerned with those whose lives are threatened to be crushed under the weight of this and similar issues. Child abuse, oil exploration and women’s rights are only a few tensions that Munroe visualizes. One may ask where is the hope? Munroe believes that those who have survived are this hope, those who have risen above the many shipwrecks that have crashed into the reefs of this country, both beautiful and deadly. Only these persons, who are indeed beacons of light, can guide out those of us with flickering flames.

Beacon of Hope by Kishan Munroe

“Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” These words by philosopher Joseph Campbell are an ideal frame for Frorup’s double installation. Duran Duran is a visual representation of the past that forms the life of the moving man and the maze of roads one take to get to a better future. Each step is a literal and figurative weight on our shoulders. There does exist moments in time when we must fight for our future. The red foreground on one of the two panels of Duran Duran speaks to this violence and its necessity; this hustle and flow that is a must for any person intent on survival. A Constant Internal Smile addresses the micro to the macro blows that seem to strike with the force and efficiency of Muhammad Ali with a speed ball. Births, deaths, a job lost, a job gained, a love lost, a love gained; small and large calamities that disturb worlds already peppered with chaos. Frorup asks and answers the question; When the dust settles, what will we find in the end?

Duran Duran and A Constant Internal Smile by Kendra Frorup

Dede Brown’s installation, Chaos is the law of nature; Order is the dream of man speaks to battling forces that have a mysterious existence and strange tension; chaos and order. The moment one morph into the other is Brown’s definition of an apocalypse. Rightly so since Campbell wrote that “Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again”. Where else can one find themself but at the tail end of a chaotic experience? A dramatic rebirth and realignment at the human and universal level are similar discoveries that Brown explores through her installation. The sum of each part of Brown’s installation is representative of a rebirth and change. Each suspended feather and their cumulative composition suggest a sense of alignment that is constantly in motion. And motion is a prerequisite for change.

Chaos is the law of nature; Order is the dream of man by Dede Brown


National Exhibition (NE) 6: Kingdom Come is currently on display in T1 and T2. The National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas will be closed on Monday, December 24th, Tuesday, December 25th and Wednesday, December 26th.

Mixed Media Christmas Shopping Day

The Christmas countdown begins! There's less than a week till December 25th, are you ready?

Our Mixed Media Store will be open on December 24th from 10AM to 4PM for all you last minute shoppers!

The store has a variety of local, hand made artworks, jewelery, clothing, books, figurines, pottery, ceramics and so much more. Give the gift of culture this Christmas with an NAGB membership or NAGB exhibition catalogue.


The administrative office will not be open during this time.

Support Local Artists This Christmas!

Treat someone to the gift of NAGB Membership this Christmas! 
 The gift that keeps on giving, the gift of culture, NAGB Membership.

NAGB Membership

At the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas we are pleased to offer an array of exciting and exclusive packages that allow you to contribute to our gallery and further our mission.

The National Collection is acquired and maintained by funds raised. We are committed to sharing our collections, exhibitions, and the historic building in which it is housed with you. However, admission fees are not enough to further our mission.

Your support - through any one of our unique packages - is key in enabling the NAGB to continue offering the shows, programming and events to Bahamians, residents and the wider international audience.

You’re welcome to become a part of a dynamic art institution. Keep reading for more information about NAGB Membership!


NAGB Tribute to Petrine Archer-Straw (1956-2012)

Dr. Pertrine Archer-Straw at the launch of Dawn Davies' Love & Responsibility

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Petrine Archer-Straw this week. As a highly respected presence in the art community, Dr. Archer-Straw will be greatly missed.

She served as a consulting curator in the formation of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and will be remembered for her invaluable contributions to its establishment.  She will also be remembered as curator of two large-scale exhibitions at the Gallery: One Man’s Vision, The Vincent D'Aguilar Collection (for the official opening of the NAGB in 2003) in addition to "Past, Present and Personal", The Dawn Davies Collection (30 September, 2004—31 March 2005). Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

National Art Gallery of Jamaica Tribute to Dr. Pertrine Archer- Straw
ARC Magazine Tribute

NE6: Our Visitors Respond

Inside the Ballroom, located in the front of NE6: Kingdom Come, visitors are encouraged to participate in the exhibition by answering a series of questions. In these questions we ask viewers, Who Is Their Greatest Hero Of Fiction? And What Is Your Motto?

Each of these questions are important as NE6 artists were asked to respond to the same. In participating, visitors actively engage with the show and become part of a much larger discourse.

The NAGB is open from 10 to 4PM Monday to Saturday and 12 to 4PM on Sundays. NE6: Kingdom Come will be on display till April 7th, 2012.

NE6: A New Take On A Catalogue

 Curatorial Essay and Image Booklet

Our NE6: Kingdom Come exhibition catalogue isn't a stereotypical tome. Like the artists and artworks it represents, the catalogue is a contemporary take on a traditional book.

The catalogue comprises of 3 main elements: the curator's essay, an image booklet and 50 artist's postcards. The catalogue also features 2 great surprises: On the back of each booklet is a poster. NE6 artist, Christina Darville contributed the poster on the back of the curator's essay booklet, and a compilation of the NE6 artist's hands is featured on the back of the image booklet.

In preparation for the catalogue, each artist was asked 3 simple questions: What is your greatest fear? What is your motto? and Who is your favourite hero of fiction? Artists also contributed a short biography and shots of their work in progress. All of these elements give viewers a personal glimpse into the artist and their work in the show.

NE6: Kingdom Come Exhibition Catalogue

The making of the catalogue was a true group effort. Designed by Denise See, hand compiled by NAGB staff and volunteers and bound by Sonia Farmer from Poinciana Paper Press, the catalogue is an example of community teamwork and group effort. The end result is 220 specially bound, limited edition exhibition catalogues. Each book is one of a kind.

NAGB staff and volunteers fold and compile booklets for the catalogue.
Image courtesy of Sonia Farmer, Poinciana Paper Press.

The NAGB staff are very excited about this new exhibition catalogue and we hope that the public can enjoy it too.

The NE6: Kingdom Come exhibition catalogue is on sale at our Mixed Media store for $45. Due to their limited edition run, we recommend purchasing a book while supplies last! Individual curator's essay booklets and image booklets are on sale for $2.50 each. For further information, please call 328-5800/1.

NAGB To Screen Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase 2012

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is pleased to announce that it will screen select films from The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase. The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase is a gathering of films from around the Caribbean showcasing the talent of our region. As the name implies, the showcase travels around the region and the Bahamas.

Below is a schedule of the films, days and times.
Films are screening at The National Art Gallery.For further information or questions, please call us at 328.5800/1.
In case of rain, films will be shown inside of the NAGB instead of the outdoor theater.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
7.00 PM: Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (USA)
: Katrina Browne
Length: 86 min.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Location: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas    
7.00 PM: Yo soy tumbero (Cuba)  
Director: Bilko Cuervo
Length: 15 min.
Synopsis: French Tumba in Bejuco fights to keep alive the magic of its ancestors, who gave us the strength of their passion and art.

7:30PM: Cheila Una Casa Para Maita (Venezuuela)
Director: Eduardo Barberena
Length: 90 min.(Feature film)
Synopsis: Cheila returns from Canada to spend Christmas in the beautiful house that he gave his mother with a great effort. He brings with great news: finally he’’s going to make real his dream of a sex change and being "a total woman". The operation is soon, but he needs his family support. After seeing the once-beautiful "villa" in absolute decline and occupied by a chaotic rush of brothers, sisters-in-law, and nephews, Cheila finally understands hard truths that will make her redefine the relation with himself and with his family, when he finds out their biggest lack: the intolerance, the meanness and lack of affection.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Location: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
7.00PM: The Amerindians (Trinidad and Tobago)
Director: Tracy Assing/ Spohie Meyer
Duration: 40 min.
Genre: Documental
Synopsis: ““The only real Caribs are dead Caribs.”” In this revealing film, Tracy Assing seeks to put to rest that historical saw. Assing was raised a member of the Santa Rosa Carib Community, the only recognized  group representing indigenous descendants in Trinidad and Tobago. Until now, ␣Amerindian descendants have depended on the stories of their grandparents and great grandparents for their history, while the indigenous story of survival has been written out of the history books. Assing walks us through her  own exploration of the history of the Santa Rosa Community and, as her great aunt,  the Carib Queen, prepares to join the Great Spirit, ponders an uncertain future.           

8:00PM: Ticket to Paradise (Cuba)
Director: Gerardo Chijona
Length: 88 min
Genre: Feature film
Synopsis: The movie is the chronicle of the physical and spiritual trip of Eunice, the protagonist. A  physical trip, which begins in her small town in the interior of Cuba, continues in the road up to Havana, and ends in a sanatorium for AIDS patients. A spiritual trip towards the maturity, which goes of a teenager violated by her father. The dramatic arch that the protagonist crosses, has a particular visual atmosphere in each of three acts of the script, according to the physical landscape and, especially, to her spiritual condition.

Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Location: The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
4:00PM: Classical Steel (Trinidad and Tobago)
Director: John E. Barry
Length: 42 min.
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: Playing classical music on the steel pan showed Trinidad society that a percussion instrument invented in the poorer areas of Port of Spain could reach the heights of a symphony orchestra. The film  looks at the importance of classical music in the development of the steel band and its acceptance worldwide as a legitimate instrument.

5:00PM: The Promised Ship (Costa Rica)
Director: Luciano Capelli/ Yazmin Ross
Released in: 2000
Length: 52 min.
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: “The promised Ship”” is a bilingual documentary that goes after the oral trace of the Black Star Line, a shipping adventure taken by Marcus Garvey, the leader of the first black mass movement of the XX century and founder of a line of steamboats intended to cross the Atlantic in search of a lost continent. Today, a barber, and fourteen officers keep alive the utopia that mobilized millions of people of African descent around the world.

7.00PM: Barra-bas
Director: Giuliano Salvatore
Released: 2009
Length: 90 min. 
Genre: Documentary 
Synopsis: This documentary is about Rafael Serrano Toro, Venezuelan writer, famous in the 70’’s as “The number 1 public enemy in Venezuela””. He was put in jail and condemned. In jail became a writer.

8:30PM: Rain
Director: Maria Govan
Released: 2008
Length: 85 min. 
Synopsis:  A  teenager named Rain has lived her entire life with her grandmother on a tiny rural island in the Bahamas. When her grandmother dies, Rain goes to Nassau to find her mother, Glory, whom she has never met. When she arrives, Rain is devastated to discover that Glory lives in a desperately poor, AIDS ravaged neighborhood called ““The Graveyard”” and that she turns tricks to support her drug habit. With no strong maternal role model in her life, Rain must look within for strength and discovers she has a gift for running. Rain receives guidance from her school’’s track coach, Ms.Adams, but Rain’’s living situation threatens to spoil her dream.

Amos Ferguson Colouring Book On Sale

NAGB Education Department is pleased to announce the sale of an Amos Ferguson Coloring Book in the NAGB's Mixed Media store.

The book is on sale for $10 and features over 20 pages of illustrations, fun Amos Ferguson facts and tidbits on Bahamian Art! Not only is it fun, but it's educational!

For further information or if you are interested in reserving a copy, please call 328-5800/1.

Don't Get Lost: New NAGB Symbols Explained

Very recently The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas installed a series of new navigational symbols on the Gallery walls, as well as in front of the Mixed Media Store. Our Chief Curator, John Cox, designed them to give guests a sense of direction in the Gallery, as our exhibition program has been changing rapidly in the past few months.

In today's post we will explain the purpose of each symbol, what it means in relation to our exhibitions, as well as it's physical location.

 Permanent Exhibition

This is one of the first symbols visitors will come across when entering the NAG B. This symbol represents the new Permanent Exhibition section of the Gallery and it is located on the first floor, right across from the Mixed Media Store.

The Permanent Exhibition program seeks to prominently display the NAGB's National Collection, as well as pieces from prominent Bahamian Art collectors. Exhibitions in this section will rotate constantly and may or may not entail an exhibition opening or notification. Currently, the historical exhibition, The Bahamian Landscape is located in the Permanent Exhibition.

Project Space

The Project Space (PS) Room is the second most prominent symbol on the first floor. The PS Room is located in the center of the Permanent Exhibition space.The most flexible space at the NAGB, the PS Room will contain interactive sections, small exhibitions or informal shows. It is the Gallery's hope that the PS Room will feature a variety of amateur or young artists and give exposure to a different side of Bahamian Art.

In the past, the PS Room has featured the Paint Like Amos interactive activity, as well as results from the Education Department's Photography Workshop with Scharad L. Lightbourne. Currently, the E. Clement Bethel National Arts exhibition entitled, The Essence of The Arts, is on display till October 28th, 2012.

Temporary Gallery One

Currently, the NAGB has two temporary gallery spaces where exhibitions will be rotated on often. The first, Temporary Gallery One (T1) is located on the second floor of the Gallery, in the former Ballroom. T1 currently houses the Amos Ferguson: Bahamian Outsider exhibition till October 28th, 2012. T1 is a special space as it can house a single exhibition or be part of a larger exhibition with T2.

Temporary Gallery Two

The Temporary Gallery Two (T2) is located on the second floor of the main building. This exhibition space is similar to T1 as it can also house a single show, but also contain part of a larger exhibition that encompasses T1 and T2. Currently, Amos Ferguson: Bahamian Outsider is in T2 till October 28th, 2012.

We hope that the new symbols will make your experience at the NAGB so much better.


Visit the NAGB today and feel free to send us a comment or email or write in our guest book! We look forward to hearing from you.

Artist Biography: Amos Ferguson

Amos Ferguson was born on February 28th, 1920 in Exuma. His parents, Robert and Lavina Ferguson raised their children in the settlement of The Forest where his father, Robert Ferguson, was a preacher for the local Baptist church. Amos was close with his father and spent many days with him in the church studying his Bible and learning to be a carpenter. Amos also spent time on the family farm, helping his mother with the crops.

In 1937, Amos took his carpenter skills to Nassau. Eventually, Amos found work in a furniture factory polishing unfinished wood. Amos worked at the factory till 1943, after which he left The Bahamas to go to the United States. During this time many Bahamians, both men and women, were hired by the United States as 'contract workers' to work the land due to a labor shortage as a result of World War II.

After spending several years working in the United States, Amos returned to Nassau where he quickly settled as a private contractor painting houses for wealthy families. Later, Amos' nephew, George Bastian, approached him about a dream he had, where God spoke that a member of their family was wasting their artistic talent. Quickly realizing that his nephew's dream spoke of his own talent, Amos started keeping pencils and paper in his pockets for inspirational moments.

When Amos was in his 50's he quit the house painting business and devoted all of his time to making art. Initially, Ferguson painted on cheap pieces of paper, conch shells and plastic cups; however, he quickly graduated to painting on large pieces cardboard and boxes. Amos set up a space on Bay Street where he sold his art to tourists. During his time there he met his wife, Bloneva "Bea" Ferguson. Bea was an instrumental force in Amos' life; she was a devoted wife and pushed him to sell his artwork, eventually hanging his paintings in her straw market stall which gave him more exposure. He also painted pictures on her straw bags and hats.

The late 1970s saw a sharp rise in Amos' popularity, when a tourist named Dr. Miller bought one of his pieces from Bea's stall to take home with her. Dr. Miller quickly became obsessed with Amos' work and returned to The Bahamas to meet him. Eventually she was taken to Amos' home, a space that he had converted into a gallery. His front wall bore a painting of Adam and Eve and the words Mr. Amos Ferguson Gallery- Match Me If You Can. Later, Dr. Miller showed Amos' work to Mr. Steibech, a curator of Caribbean Art in the United States. Mr. Steibech was interested in Amos' paintings and contacted the Wadsworth Atheneum, a large art museum in Hartford, Connecticut.

On March 31st, 1985, Amos had his first international exhibition entitled Paint Like Amos Ferguson at the Wadsworth Atheneum, thus cementing his status as a celebrated Bahamian artist. His show went on to travel to over 10 cities and museums in the United States. With his new celebrity status, Amos was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 and was one of the many Bahamian representatives at the 1994 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Amos continued to paint, completing one painting every day till his death at the age of 89 in 2009. He is considered one of the pioneers of Bahamian art and was one of the first artists to put The Bahamas on the map.


Amos Ferguson: Bahamian Outsider is on display at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas till October 28th, 2012. The exhibition catalogue for Amos Ferguson: Bahamian Outsider will be released in October, 2012. To see an excerpt from the catalogue, click Here.

Karaoke Night Is BACK

Back by popular demand The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is hosting Karaoke Night AGAIN on FRIDAY, September 14th, 2012 AND Friday, September 21st from 8PM to 10PM.

The event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served + drinks will be on sale.

Come and enjoy the 'time of your life'!

For further information please call 328-5800/1

NAGB Intern: Neil Cleare

NAGB Intern, Neil Cleare with his favourite piece in The Bahamian Landscape

I’m Neil Cleare, a young and upcoming artist. I have lived in an artful environment all my life. Being guided by my father, and inspired by many other artists, I decided to place my focus in the area of art. When I was a young boy, I began drawing comics and cartoons, and I still do to this day. I’ve had many accomplishments with art, such as subject prizes, obtaining an A on the art BJC, and also doing my part in the mural paintings at the humane society. When I finish school, I would hope a career in either art, or athletics. To get an exposure to the career that art offers, I applied for the Summer Work Study Program at The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.

Unfortunately, I only had one week at NAGB that went by all too fast. In that time thou, I paid attention to the different areas of work where art can take you. During my as an intern for the gallery, I got a taste of what its like to run the social network of an organization. I even spent which seemed a lifetime making descriptions for vintage post cards. Overall my time here was well spent, worthwhile and effective. My now favorite piece of work in the Gallery was by Bahamian artist Kishan Monroe. I liked his painting of his self portrait, mainly because his painting style is similar to mine, and his detail with oil paints is something I admire. Hopefully my road leads me onward through the world of art, and I look forward to being present here next year.

Bahamian Outsider Exhibition Catalogue Available Soon

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is pleased to announce the publication of the Amos Ferguson: Bahamian Outsider Exhibition Catalogue.

On Thursday, September 20th, a print of 100 copies will be available the Mixed Media Store. The general public is encouraged to reserve copies of the catalogue. Additional copies will be published and tentatively sold as of October 2012.

To reserve your copy of Amos Ferguson: Bahamian Outsider Exhibition Catalogue please call 328-5800/1 or email

To download a PDF Preview of the exhibition catalogue click, Here.

Director's Review: Tales From New York

ththe Studio Museum of HarleThis article reviews the large-scale exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. Located in New York, the exhibition stretches across three museums (The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Queens Museum, and El Museo del Barrio). The Director of The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Amanda Coulson reviews the overall exhibition and details her experiences with each institution.

Escaping Nassau for New York City didn’t mean escaping heat and humidity, but the trip was refreshing for other reasons, mainly the broad range of art shows on view at various art institutions. At The Metropolitan Museum alone I was able to cross centuries, experiencing the Italian Renaissance at the show Bellini, Titian, and Lotto, Modernism in the Elsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings show, and catch up with the contemporary world with at the superb exhibitions, Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video.

One of the main reasons I spent time racing around the sweaty city, was to catch the exhibition, entitled, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. Following shows such as Infinite Island at the Brooklyn Museum and Wrestling with the Image at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington D.C., this exhibition underscores the current fascination with the Caribbean and will, hopefully, pave the way for more international shows that will, perhaps, go even deeper into reflecting Caribbean art practices in general and hopefully, The Bahamas in particular.

As mentioned, the show was very ambitious in its range but perhaps this was also its flaw. Each institution- The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Queens Museum, and El Museo del Barrio—has very definitive mandates, which slightly colored their individual views of the region. Each show also has its own ethos, causing a certain amount of crossover or repetition. This gave a very strong profile to each segment of the show but at the same time, also made them feel disconnected from one another. Somehow, this is actually a reflection of the Caribbean itself, both its strength and its weakness: we are diverse from country to country, island to island; we share histories but are culturally, ethnically and linguistically divided. It’s confusing, complicated and makes the Caribbean hard to pigeonhole. Crossroad's attempt to portray the history and development of fine art in the region was an extremely good start and should be applauded for its range and scale and for bringing the region together under one banner.

Touch, 2012 
Janine Antoni
On display at the Queens Museum of Art
Image courtesy of artist and Luhring Augustine Gallery.

My first stop was El Museo del Barrio. Here I met with Susan Delvalle, the Director of External Affairs. I also had a tour of the educational parts of the museum, which gave me some great ideas for things we could do back at the NAGB. This segment had two sub-shows entitled, Counterpoints, which covers various industries prompted our development over time, and Patriot Acts, which explores the role of Creole cultures and notions of hybridism.

At the Studio Museum in Harlem, I ended up in a long chat with one of the docents about how the region is perceived, which was the topic of one of the sub-shows named, Land of the Outlaw. This show dissected the idea of the Caribbean as a place of pleasure or a site of deviant activity. We talked about how even in one city; there can be very little exchange of ideas and therefore, how hard it is between islands, though he admitted that in his youth he had been to The Bahamas!

Stuffed Swan, 2012
Marlon Griffin
Performance Art and Mixed Media
On display at the Queens Museum of Art
Image courtesy of artist and the Queens Museum of Art

Where were the Bahamian artists?” I hear you ask. The Queens Museum is the answer! The good news is that The Bahamas was represented; the bad news is it skimmed the surface and some of the works were hung in rather odd corners. The best moment for me was walking into the Museum and being hit by a mermaid piece by Amos Ferguson, which opened the whole show. I took a photo with my iPhone and was (naturally and rightly so) told off by a museum guard. I did give them my card and they allowed me to photograph the other Bahamian works on show (no flash!).

 Entrance to the exhibition at the Queens Museum

The Three Sisters, 1980
Amos Ferguson
House Paint on Board
On display at the Queens Museum of Art
Image courtesy of The Studio Museum of Harlem

One of the sections at the Queens Museum was Kingdoms of the World whose aim was to consider the spiritual practices, beliefs, art forms and religions that coexist in the region. Carnival was a large factor and this is where the 4 Brent Malone etchings were, though no real explanation of Junkanoo was given.

Drummer and Rushing, 1983
Brent Malone
On display at the Queens Museum of Art
Image courtesy of the Queens Museum of Art and The Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts

There could have been so much more Bahamian work and I had a nice meeting with Debra Wimpfheimer, the Director of Strategic Partnerships, encouraging her and her curatorial team to come down and see what we have to offer for future shows. Nonetheless, I prefer to see the glass as half full: it’s still a great achievement to have our artists represented in such a ground-breaking show as this and for Brent Malone’s prints to be shown alongside those by Paul Gaugin, is great. The Crossroads catalogue is still not published but once it is we will be receiving a free copy for our Library where you’re welcome to lounge and read. Come down and take a look: it’s packed with a lot of knowledge after years of research but, of course, if you can make it to NY, this is a must-see show and should not be missed.

Jonkonnu Ribbons (1993) and Untitled (1986),
Brent Malone
On display at the Queens Museum of Art
Image courtesy of Queens Museum of Art and The Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts

Further Reading:
NY Times Article on Caribbean: Crossroads of the World
El Museo Del Barrio New York
The Studio Museum
Queens Museum Of Art

The All-Star Amateur Artists Night Amos Edition: Flyer, Rules and Application Form

All-Star Amateur Artist is back a second time around and this time the NAGB would like for artists to try their hand at Amos.

To view past AAA Nights click Here.
Official AAA Night Webpage
FaceBook Event: AAA Submission Deadlines
FaceBook Event: AAA Exhibition Opening

Important Dates:
Deadline for Submissions is at 4:00PM, Friday, October 12, 2012
The All-Star Amateur Artist Night takes place Friday, October 26, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Call For Artworks:
Download Call For Artworks: Here.

AAA Invitation:
Download official AAA invitation: Here.

Rules of Entry:
Download Rules of Entry: Here.

AAA Application:
Download AAA Application: Here.

NAGB Intern: Alexis Murray

NAGB Intern, Alexis Murray

Hello everybody, my name is Alexis Murray. I am 17 years of age and I am currently attending Aquinas College as a 12th grader. I like to have fun, I love to laugh, hang out with family and friends, surf the web and I also like doing craft work with my little sister, Allycia.

I want to become a Pediatric nurse when I am older. As a child whenever my mother got sick I would cater to her, like a nurse would for their patient. Becoming a nurse is my desire, my dream. If nursing doesn’t work out for me, my back up plan is to become an Interior Designer and the NAGB helps everyone to have an idea of art. For example Lillian Blades’ piece, Omotayo, it is a very interesting piece of art. She mixes colors and styles in that one piece of art and if she can do it I can do it also.

My friend Yasmin Ford begged me to come to the NAGB's fair that was held on July 28, for more hours for my community service. To tell you the truth I really didn’t want to come here, but I came to support the Gallery and because it was my first time coming here. I had an awesome time working on the drinks and serving snow cones. I wanted to come back and finish my community service after Saturday and I did.

Working with Ms. Benjamin and the others was a greet experience for me. The workers here are really nice and love to have fun, but when it comes to work they get right down to it to get it done. I admire that because it taught me that you could have fun, but know when enough is enough.

I also learned about some of the artist here like Amos Ferguson. I had no clue who he was or that he even existed until I came here at the gallery. I got to view a lot of his work and the other artists, like Lillian Blades. She is my favorite artist. I love The National Art Gallery and I do plan on coming back. I want to thank everybody who I worked with for having me here. You guys do an awesome job with The Gallery. My advice is to keep up the good work. ☺

Our lovely NAGB Interns, we'll miss them!