Smith and Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART and CULTURE’ Issue No. 358Friday, October 19th, 2018 • • • •Sharing Art and Cultural News of The Bahamas for


Smith and Benjamin’s
Issue No. 358
Friday, October 19th, 2018

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Sharing Art and Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 18 Years

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Portion of “Bushmen: Tale of Twin Gods”
by Bahamian artist Lavar Munroe.
(From his series ‘Grants Town Trickster’ / 2012
Mixed Media / 108" x 46" x 62'')

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This piece by Munroe is now on display in his
solo exhibition “LAVAR MUNROE: Ten Year Survey”
at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
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upcoming art
and cultural events



NAGB-Teacher Seminar

S E M I N A R :

Teachers’ Seminar:
Art and Literature

Saturday, October 20th
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

The NAGB’s quarterly Teachers’ Seminars are a series of professional development workshops for all teachers who are interested in learning more about integrating art with other subjects in their classes and utilizing resources at the museum to enhance their students’ creative experience. Teachers will be guided through identifying and using visual cues in artwork to communicate a story through literary writing (creative writing, poems etc). They will participate in activities that can be used to help students make the connection between art and literature and show that visual art communicates stories in different ways and allows for interpretation by the viewer.

CLICK HERE for event at website.


F E S T I V A L :

Ebenezer Methodist Church Fall Festival

Saturday, October 20th
12 Noon–5pm
Sir Durward Knowles Auditorium, Shirley Street

Free Admission!

The Ebenezer Methodist Church has moved its annual fair from December to October! So get ready to enjoy their fun Fall Festival tomorrow, Saturday, October 20th from 12 noon to 5pm. The fair will have the usual great food including conch fritters, salad, chowder and unimaginable cakes, cookies and, of course, homemade fudge. They will also have frozen homemade ice cream, popcorn, and cotton candy. Buy a book, a plant, or a toy and enjoy the free WiFi! The best part of the day will be their Halloween Costume Contest and Parade. They look forward to the public attending. It’s free admission, so bring a friend for a great afternoon.

CLICK HERE for event page on Facebook.



NAGB-FN October

The NAGB presents: Friday Night Live –
“A Night at the Museum”

Friday, Oct. 26th
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

This October, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas brings a little spookiness and a lot of fun with a special Halloween-themed Friday Night Live. Join them for a “Night at the Museum” where there will be art, food, lots of mystery and tricks and treats – all to be enjoyed in the course of just one night. Come in your costumes or make a mask at our workshop, welcome the cool fall temperatures with the lively music of Bodine in Fiona’s Theatre and of course, tour or draw in our gorgeous galleries.

CLICK HERE for Facebook event page.
CLICK HERE for promo video.


C O N C E R T S:

The Bahamas National Youth Choir presents:
“I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes”

Fri., Oct. 26th and
Sat., Oct. 27th
At 7:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral, George Street

One of The Bahamas’ greatest cultural gems, The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC) under the direction of Dexter Fernander, presents a major choral work entitled: “I will lift up mine eyes” – A work by African American composer Adolphus Hailstork. The concert will feature accomplished tenor Gary Seydell and BNYC alumna, Candace Bostwick, both of whom have performed all over the world and wowed audiences with their vocal talents. The concert takes place at Christ Church Cathedral, 7:30pm on October 26th and 27th, 2018.

Gary Seydell

Gary Seydell

Candace-Bostwick- Bess

Candace Bostwick


Every five years, the BNYC endeavors to present a major musical work in collaboration with the Nazareth College String Ensemble. This year, the BNYC will join forces with the University of The Bahamas Choir under the direction of Dr. Paul Jones, the Adventist Vocal Ensemble, directed by Anton Bowe and C.V. Bethel’s Concert Band, conducted by Giovanni Clarke in addition to the Nazareth College String Ensemble to present, “I will lift up mine eyes”.

The proceeds from this concert will assist BNYC’s education and touring programme. Tickets are on sale at $25.00 each at Buy the Book (323 2665) West Bay Street. There is also a $20.00 group rate for groups of 10 or more and a $10.00 student rate.

CLICK HERE for event page on Facebook.


Trinidadian soprano Nicole Jordan

C O N C E R T S :

The Nassau Music Society presents: Trinidadian soprano Nicole Jordan

Friday, October 26th thru Sunday, October 28th

The First Concerts of the Nassau Music Society’s 50th Anniversary Season

The Nassau Music Society kicks off its 50th Anniversary season with the mesmerizing Trinidadian soprano Nicole Jordan, performing in three distinct concerts.


Nicole Jordan

Friday, October 26th: In her first appearance, the versatile Trinidadian soprano features as a soloist in the Bahamas National Youth Choir’s tribute to Mr. Cleophas Adderley at Christ Church Cathedral at 7pm.

Saturday, October 27th: Join us at The Current at Baha Mar at 6:30pm as Jordan takes us on a spiritual journey with “Goddess of the Wind”. The ancient spiritual traditions of the Yoruba are still proudly practiced in Trinidad and Tobago. Orisha, like the people themselves, has been mixed and blended to include many influences from all over the world, but the roots remain unchanged. Through her own text and poetry and using a variety of music from many lands, Nicole works with Bahamian pianist Dion Cunningham to tell the story of the power and influence of “Oya”, the Orisha Goddess of the Wind.

Sunday, October 28th: In her final concert on Sunday at 5pm, the audience at St Paul’s will be treated to “A Night at the Opera,” an evening of opera arias where she will be joined in parts by tenor Gary Seydell as well as choristers from the Bel Canto Singers, the Lyford Cay International School choir, and stand-out vocalists from The University of The Bahamas.


Nicole Jordan

There will be a credit card bar open during the Wine & Art reception prior to the concert at The Current, and a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink will be served at intermission both Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Tickets for “Goddess of the Wind” and “A Night at the Opera” can be purchased at any of our three convenient box office locations: Custom Computers, Old Fort Bay Town Center, Cable Beach, and Cotton Tree Plaza (just before Harbour Bay on East Bay Street). Tickets for The Bahamas National Youth Choir concert are available at Buy The Book, Cable Beach.

CLICK HERE for more info at the Society’s new website.
CLICK HERE for the Society’s Facebook page.
CLICK HERE to view Jordan perform “Have You Seen but a White Lily”.
CLICK HERE to view Jordan perform “Oktober”.


A D V E R T I S E M E N T:

The Portrait Studio: Print & Frame Experts

Top of the Hill, Nassau Street | Tel: (242) 322-3413

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art & culture stories
from the bahamas

Tavares Strachan

Widely acclaimed Bahamian artist Tavares Strachan.

Bahamian artist wins $100,000 Frontier Art Prize

by World Frontiers Forum

VIA Art Fund and The World Frontiers Forum are pleased to announce that Tavares Strachan has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Frontier Art Prize. The Frontier Art Prize is an annual $100,000 award conferred upon a visual artist whose practice reflects a pioneering spirit, whose work challenges the current and future condition of human knowledge and experience, and who celebrates individual and collective experimentation and collaboration.

Tavares Strachan Art

Tavares Strachan, "Tavares in the North Pole Walking with Flag", 2013. (COURTESY THE ARTIST/FRONTIER ART PRIZE)

The Frontier Art Prize was established in 2017 as the public expression of The World Frontiers Forum (WFF), an annual convening at the crossroads of art and science designed to foster connections and impact in addressing mankind's future. Grounded in the UN's Sustainability Development Goals for 2030, The Convergence Project has emerged as the principal action of the World Frontiers Forum. Each year the founders of WFF assemble a working group of young pioneers across disciplines and from around the world to create a scalable product aimed at mass-scale intervention concerning one or more sustainable development challenges.

Over the past year, Strachan has been at the center of the current Convergence Project, joining scientific pioneers from the medical and bio-tech fields along with social entrepreneurs in working with the government of Sierra-Leone to develop an impact initiative targeting improved access to food, healthcare, creative learning and economic mobility. Strachan and David Moinina Sengeh, Chief Innovation Office, Government of Sierra-Leone will discuss their progress at the World Frontiers Forum in Cambridge, MA at a talk, moderated by Bridgitt Evans, on October 15. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at PRNewswire.

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Bahamian author is finalist in Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards

The Canada Council for the Arts celebrates great books and their Governor General’s Literary Awards recognize finalists and winners in seven categories for both English and French and for readers of all ages.

Nominated in the category of Young People’s Literature–Text is “Learning to Breathe” by Bahamian author Janice Lynn Mather published and distributed by Simon & Schuster.

Described by School Library Journal as “a well-written, thought-provoking book that tackles difficult topics…a stirring debut”, Learning to Breathe tells the story of Indira Ferguson who has done her best to live by her Grammy’s rules—to study hard in school, to be respectful, and to never let a boy take advantage of her. But it hasn’t always been easy, especially while living in her mother’s shadow.

When Indy is sent to live with distant relatives in Nassau, trouble follows her. Now she must hide an unwanted pregnancy from her aunt, who would rather throw her out onto the street than see the truth.

The Canada Council for the Arts is responsible for administering and promoting the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognize Canada’s best English and French books in 7 categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People’s Literature – Text, Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books and Translation (from French to English and vice-versa). The awards promote Canadian literature, and encourage Canadians to read. They provide valuable recognition to finalists and winners from peers and readers across Canada.

CLICK HERE to see all nominated books.
CLICK HERE to purchase Lynn’s book at Simon & Schuster.


Amanda Coulson, Director, National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Bahamas losing billions from underutilized creative industry

by Paige McCartney

The government could be losing billions in revenue from an underutilized creative economy, according to Director of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) Amanda Coulson, who pointed to other countries around the world that benefit from a creative sector that contributes up to 30 percent of their economic output.

“If you look at other countries, the creative sector is a really big part of their economies. The creative sector is up to 30 percent of the economy, whereas here it could be but it’s not,” Coulson told The Nassau Guardian yesterday at the unveiling ceremony of a mural at the Pompey Museum.

Coulson said the government has made commendable steps in incentivizing the art and creative community with the recent reduction in duty on art and art supplies during the last budget exercise.

“I’m very happy to see where we’re going, because bringing art supplies into the country duty free and also bringing art into the country duty free were very important incentives. An art market isn’t going to grow if it’s too protected. For artists, of course, you know that art supplies were considered somehow a luxury and that was absurd, so now that the artists have the materials, they can now compete in a global market because their work isn’t already overpriced, and so that’s really important. And it’s important for us to support our local scene, we want people to come here for more than the sun, sand and sea and we have so much creativity. So, it was a really good first step.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in The Nassau Guardian.

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Photo by Eric Rose/BIS

Cuban artists visit Government High School in cultural exchange

Cuban visual artist Jose Luis Cicilio visited Government High School (GHS), October 17, 2018 as part of a cultural exchange. Among those participating in the event were Director of Culture in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Rowena Poitier-Sutherland, Senior Cultural Affairs Officer Sonovia Pierre, Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Her Excellency Ismara Mercedes Vargas Walter, Cuban stakeholders, and GHS Principal Eloise Whyms, and other administration and staff members. Also, at the same time -- renowned percussionist Eduardo Cordova was interacting with students and teachers in the Music block, exchanging Cuban and Bahamian music styles.

© The Bahamas Weekly

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Haynes Library. (Image by Alessandro Sarno.)

Discover the Hayne’s Library

Discover Cacique puddle-jumps across to the island of Eleuthera to the fading pastel-pink splendor of historic Governor’s Harbour–the very first capital of The Bahamas with the nation’s very first public library.

by Cacique International

The sun beats down overhead, and a welcome breeze rolls over the skinny island’s ridge, rustling the casuarinas and sweeping through the old bay windows of The Haynes Library, where musty novels and nautical maps tell the story of The Bahamas’ oldest public library. Built in 1897, with glorious views of the azure harbour, this marvelously-maintained colonial relic is open for business as usual.

Haynes Library was built by colonial Governor William Fredrick Haynes Smith. The upstairs has long housed a library, but the ground floor was originally comprised of offices and a humble abode for the local doctor. The pastel pink building has been renovated and maintained through the efforts of an organization known as “Friends of the Library” who have made sure that this historic site remains a fully functioning Public Library with the addition of computers and Wifi to bring it into the modern age. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Cacique International.


Installation view of Lavar Munroe's solo exhibition “LAVAR MUNROE: Ten Year Survey” at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Moving beyond the liminal

Revisioning borders with art

by Dr. Ian Bethell Bennett

An artistic, cultural expression particular to us has been traced since at least the ’30s, when African-American author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston captured the African soundscape that existed within Bahamian culture. Her anthropological work in the early 20th Century demonstrates a robust Black aesthetic. Bahamian art and literature, across a variety of media, such as from Kareem Mortimer’s film “Cargo” (2017) to Ian Strachan’s book “Diary of Souls” (2006) or Maxwell Taylor’s woodcuts and paintings are all articulations of the migrant/migration aesthetic in the cultural mélange in the country. This cultural making and unmaking is perhaps more alive on New Providence because of the size of the population than it is on Cat Island, though the latter holds a vast and deep richness of culture and diversity that creates a vital Creole material and liminal space for cultural expression. The work of Lavar Munroe, currently on display at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, in some ways captures this, but it exists in conversation with works by Jackson and Bernard Petit and other artists who speak to a non-essentialist aesthetic.

In the 1990s, the world seemed poised for a different future. Walls began to collapse, barriers were surmounted and political hardliners seemed less oppositional. The chasms between “us and them” seemed to be shrinking. The Cold War was ending and the melt between West and the East promised tremendous opportunity. In her seminal work “Borderlands/La Frontera” (1987), American-Chicana cultural theorist Gloria Anzaldua explores this shifting into acceptance where she could live in a mixed-race (or “mestizaje”), Creolized or trans-cultural in-betweenness and articulate it without being exiled. She could live on the borderlands and exist in harmony with her Mexican and American selves; there was no need to segregate. [...]

CLICK HERE full story in The Nassau Guardian.


children’s art competition



“Art from the Heart” Kids’ Art Competition

Submission Deadline:
Saturday, Nov. 30th at 6pm

Furniture Plus is hosting a special art competition for children aged 8–18 called “Art from the Heart”. Submission deadline is November 30th, 2018. Kids are asked to create artwork from their hearts – something that shows the place where they feel most at home, happy and free. The competition wants kids to use their imagination to draw or paint that place where they feel connected to themselves and full of joy.

Winners receive a score of amazing prizes including $2,500 worth of kids’ bedroom furniture, scholarships, art supplies, and having their work showcased on Furniture Plus vehicles, plus more! For more information, full rules and entry form, please email

CLICK HERE for full details at the NAGB website.


art stories from the region
and around the world

Stuart Hall

Professor Stuart Hall

Open Call: Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency 2019

Application Deadline:
Friday, November 30th at 5pm

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and the Stuart Hall Foundation are pleased to announce the third Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency commencing in March 2019. The residency is a funded opportunity for an artist to be in residence at Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library over a three-month period from the end of March to June 2019. The selected artist will receive a total sum of £4,500 and given support to pursue their research in the library.

Professor Stuart Hall (1932–2014) was actively engaged in the arts throughout his life, and in particular the visual arts. He championed the establishment of Iniva and chaired its board for more than a decade. Professor Stuart Hall worked closely with artists, filmmakers and photographers, writing about the visual arts, informing critical thinking and influencing public policy on arts education.

CLICK HERE for full details and application.

ebony paterson untitled species

Ebony G. Patterson. Untitled Species VIII (Ruff) . . . , 2012. Mixed media on paper, 65 3/4 x 50 inches. Collection of Marti and Tony Oppenheimer, Beverly Hills, California. (Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.)

New exhibition by Jamaican artist to open at the Perez in Miami

Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . opens November 9th.

Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . presents the work of Kingston-born artist Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981). The most significant presentation of the artist’s work to date, the project includes examples of the artist’s work produced over the last five years, embedded within a new installation environment that references a night garden. Known for her drawings, tapestries, videos, sculptures and installations that involve surfaces layered with flowers, glitter, lace and beads, Patterson’s works investigate forms of embellishment as they relate to youth culture within disenfranchised communities. Her neo-baroque works address violence, masculinity, “bling,” visibility and invisibility within the post-colonial context of her native Jamaica and within black youth culture globally. This exhibition focuses on the role that gardens have played in her practice, referenced as spaces of both beauty and burial; environments filled with fleeting aesthetics and mourning. [...]

CLICK HERE to visit exhibition page at PAMM.

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Bajan Artist Sheena Rose.

Sheena Rose: Comic Book Heroine

Pushing boundaries and challenging society’s conventions, provocative artist and exceptionally talented Sheena Rose, proves the secret to success is remaining true to yourself.

Six-year-old prodigy Sheena Rose sits in a typical Bajan classroom, big brown eyes like lead weights, involuntarily constructing an impermeable wall around her consciousness, shutting out the humdrum soliloquy; hands doodling away, releasing the magnificent images that haunt her mind as she exorcises them on paper.

She pauses to look around, scribbles, digs deep to find just about anything in common with the cookie cutter children attentively seated around her and wishes that the poignant fantasy world of her heart and her mind did not command so much dominion in her 3-D earth-bound life. The typical human experience is often torturous for prodigies, creatives and old or otherworldly spirits, but for those who easily fit into each of these marginalised and nondescript boxes, a classroom or other structured setting is like being confined in a jail cell, especially as a child, when there is little freedom for self-expression or choice. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Maco.

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Jamaican actress, model and singer Grace Jones. (Photo: Shorm Hector)

The legendary Grace Jones receives Jamaica’s Honours

by Shorn Hector

The nation’s fifth-highest honour was conferred on Grace Jones at King's House this past Monday. The Jamaica-born international superstar is among four persons who will become a member of the Order of Jamaica (OJ). [...]

Jones, a fashion icon, singer, actress, author, and film producer, is being recognised for her exceptional contribution to the field of entertainment internationally. She is known for her work with prominent fashion houses such as Yves St Laurent and Kenzo and appearing on the covers of Elle and Vogue. She has also recorded popular albums, including Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm. She starred in the James Bond movie A View to a Kill as the villainess, May Day, and appeared alongside Eddie Murphy in Boomerang.

“I am excited. It is a great honour. I love Jamaica so much, which makes it even better... This award is very special,” she said. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in The Jamaica Gleaner.

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In Progress: Simone Leigh assesses her towering “Brick House” sculpture (2018). | Photo by Timothy Schenck, Courtesy Friends of the High Line

Sculptor Simone Leigh wins Guggenheim’s 2018 Hugo Boss Prize

by Victoria L. Valentine

THE 2018 HUGO BOSS PRIZE has been awarded to Simone Leigh. Best known for her ceramic works, Leigh’s practice examines black female subjectivity, black feminist discourse, and the history of labor and resistance. Her selection was announced last night at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The Hugo Boss Prize includes $100,000 and a solo exhibition at the museum.

Leigh is the twelfth artist and first person of African descent to win the biennial prize, which is administered by the Guggenheim Foundation and funded by Hugo Boss, the German fashion label. She was chosen by an international jury of curators, museum directors, and an art magazine editor, from among six shortlisted finalists: Bouchra Khalili, Teresa Margolles, Emeka Ogboh, Frances Stark, and Wu Tsang.

In its statement about Leigh’s selection, the jury said “her singular vision unifies a body of work in sculpture, video, performance, and social projects that deftly joins theory, practice, and form in a tightly coherent oeuvre characterized by a close engagement with the body, the symbolic activation of material, and narrative references to African diasporic histories.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Culture Type.

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TITUS KAPHAR, “Behind the Myth of Benevolence,” 2014 (oil on canvas) is featured in “Unforseen,” Kaphar’s exhibition currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. | Collection of Guillermo Nicolas and Jim Foster, © Titus Kaphar. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Titus Kaphar, whose paintings reconstruct accepted historic narratives, is a 2018 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow

by Victoria L. Valentine

Years before the debate about decolonizing America’s public squares where monuments pay homage to slaveholders and Confederate generals reached a fever pitch last year, Titus Kaphar was engaging with representation in Western art history and its overwhelming penchant for foregrounding white men while people of color are sidelined and ignored. Kaphar’s paintings reference Classic and Renaissance-style portraiture while recasting accepted narratives. He physically manipulates and transforms his canvases by ripping and cutting them, white washing them and submerging them in black tar in order to surface suppressed histories, reckon with the nation’s racial past and connect it to contemporary concerns.

His innovative and insightful practice has been critically recognized for about a decade. In 2009, Kaphar was the first recipient of the Seattle Art Museum’s Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence fellowship. He’s since received grants from Creative Capital, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Art for Justice Fund. In August, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum announced he is the recipient of the 2018 Rappaport Prize, which includes a $25,000 award and a public lecture on Oct. 30. Before Kaphar got a chance to give the lecture, he received another accolade—genius status.

Kaphar is among 25 creatives named 2018 MacArthur Fellows. Each year, the MacArthur Foundation selects extraordinary figures across the arts, sciences, and civic and community engagement, and invests in their potential. Recipients are nominated by a rotating pool of experts in a variety fields. Fellows receive $625,000 awards—commonly called “genius” grants—paid over five years, to be used at their discretion. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Culture Type.


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