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Smith and Benjamin’s
Issue No. 333

Sharing Art and Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 18 Years

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“Erasure of Richard Ligon’s ‘A True & Exact
History of the Island of Barbadoes’”

by Bahamian artist Sonia Farmer
(2018 / Letterpress-printed and collected into
a handmade clamshell box, Edition of 25)
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This print is part of a larger piece that will be on view in the
NAGB’s upcoming collaborative exhibition with the British Council
entitled “We Suffer To Remain” opening in March 2018.
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Friday, February 23, 2018


what’s coming
up this weekend


M E E T / G R E E T :

The Nassau Music Society presents:
Pre-Concert Musician Meet & Greet

Friday, Feb. 23rd
Starting at 5pm
1er Cru, Gladstone Road

Join the Nassau Music Society at 1er Cru on Gladstone Road to meet the musicians Rolf Haas and Miki Aoki and enjoy a free preview of their concerts taking place tomorrow and Sunday coming. NMS memberships and concert tickets will be available for purchase. Become a NMS Member and be entered in a raffle to win a free Concert Ticket and/or a bottle of wine from 1er Cru. Present your NMS Membership Card and receive 10% off your purchases tonight.

CLICK HERE to visit the NMS website.
CLICK HERE to visit the NMS FaceBook page.

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W O R K S H O P :

Collage Workshop

TOMORROW: Sat., Feb. 24th,
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

Inspired by its current exhibition, “Medium”, the NAGB is offering a new workshop entitled “Layering Spirit” for those wishing to learn the art of Collage.

Using the work of “Medium” artists Jackson Burnside, Nettie Symonette, Jace Mckinney and Erica M. James as inspiration, participants will be led through the creation of collages that utilize traditional and non-traditional materials to express what inspires them and moves their spirit. Beginning with a brief tour of the exhibition, followed by a discussion and demonstration, participants will leave the NAGB with a completed collage that has their very own personal touch. This workshop is suitable for ages 12 and over.

To register, call 328-5800 or email Adults pay a fee of $25 while students pay $10. All materials are included. Payments can be made at the NAGB’s Mixed Media Store which is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and on Sunday, 12pm-5pm.

CLICK HERE for event page on NAGB website.
CLICK HERE for event’s RSVP page.


C O N C E R T :

The Nassau Music Society presents:
Violinist Rolf Haas & Pianist Miki Aoki

Saturday, Feb. 24th | 7pm | The Current, Baha Mar
Sunday, Feb. 25th | 5pm | St Paul’s Church Hall, Lyford Cay

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Musicians Rolf Haas and Miki Aoki (Source:

The effortless mastery of violinist Rolf Haas will be featured in our February concerts. A musician of many interests and influences, he has often performed with visual artists and is also a respected hip hop emcee and producer. He will be accompanied by Miki Aoki, an accomplished pianist and collaborative artist. Their concerts will display the duo’s versatility as they perform a diverse range of styles. Haas will showcase virtuosic violin works from the classical repertoire as well as lighter works with Aoki’s skillful accompaniment.


Violinist Yanet Campbell Secades

Violinist Yanet Campbell Secades will open both concerts with a reprise performance of her spellbinding Bach solo which mesmerised the audience at her concert in Nassau last month.

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 served at intermission both evenings. Self parking tickets can be validated at The Current.

Master Classes: TODAY– Friday, February 23rd

As part of the NMS outreach mission, all of our visiting artists offer free master classes. The violin master class, conducted by Rolf Haas, will take place today, Friday, February 23rd at The Current: Baha Mar Art Studios from 1pm–2pm. Immediately following there will be an open and interactive session on different music styles, improvisation and fusing classical and hip hop genres. The second session will run from 2pm–3pm. Master classes are free for students and NMS Members to observe and a requested $10.00 donation to the NMS Scholarship Fund for the general public. Please call 322 7427 to RSVP.


Make an evening of it with special
discounts for concert goers

Once again, participating restaurants at Baha Mar will offer special discounts to all those who attend the concert at The Current on Saturday, February 24th. 25% off at Katsuya, Cleo and Fi’Lia, 20% off at Regatta before the concert, and 50% off your first cocktail at Blue Note after the concert. Just remember to present your concert ticket stub.

On Sunday, February 25th, you can complete your evening at The Captain’s Table, a new partner, where all NMS Members can enjoy a 2-for-1 glass or bottle of house wine with dinner, or at Mahogany House where all ticket holders are invited to enjoy a 2-for-1 aperitif special and/or a complimentary glass of Prosecco with dinner after the concert.

Support the Nassau Music Society. Call 322 7427 or email to purchase your tickets today.

CLICK HERE to visit the NMS website.
CLICK HERE to visit the NMS FaceBook page.
CLICK HERE to view performance of Haas and Aoki.

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art & culture news
from the bahamas


Legendary Bahamian actor Sir Sidney Poitier

Bahamian actor Sidney Poitier turns 91

by Karibbean Kollective

A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Sidney Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother, in order to forestall a growing tendency toward delinquency. In the U.S., Poitier first experienced the racial chasm that divides the country, a great shock to a boy coming from a society with a majority of African descent. A determination to find and create opportunities for African-Americans was born in him because of the poor treatment he received on the streets of Miami. At 18, he went to New York, did menial jobs and slept in a bus terminal toilet.

A brief stint in the Army as a worker at a veteran’s hospital was followed by more menial jobs in Harlem. An impulsive audition at the American Negro Theatre was rejected so forcefully that Poitier dedicated the next six months to overcoming his accent and performance ineptness. On his second try, he was accepted. He was spotted in a rehearsal and given a bit part in a Broadway production of “Lysistrata,” for which he got excellent reviews. By the end of 1949, he was having to choose between leading roles on stage and an offer to work for Darryl F. Zanuckin the film No Way Out (1950). Poitier’s performance as a doctor treating a white bigot got him plenty of notice and led to more roles, each considerably more interesting and prominent than most African American actors of the time were getting. [...]

CLICK HERE for full biography at Karibbean Kollective.


Bahamian writer and poet Faith Hall.

Bahamian poet featured on Grammy-winning musician’s latest album

Seven-time Grammy award winning bassist, Robert Hurst lll who is currently on tour as band leader for Diana Krall, today released his latest contemporary jazz album, “Black Current Jam”.

On Hurst’s latest album, you will find a spoken word piece, authored and performed by Bahamian writer and poet Faith Hall. The poem also adorns the cover of the album.

Hall is a Bahamian writer, author, poet, consultant, and strategist. She was born to Moses Hall, a politician, and first indigenous practicing attorney from Grand Bahama, who was also a deep philosopher; and to Anna, a midwife, who although Jamaican born, holds the record for delivery of births in The Bahamas.

To celebrate this and to give exposure to Bahamian poets and jazz musicians, Faith is promoting “JazzAM” - a night of jazz and poetry to be held tonight, Friday, February 23rd, from 7pm–10 pm at the Art Room, East Bay Street.

CLICK HERE to view more about the album “Black Current Jam”.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Faith Hall.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Robert Hurst III.

Lavar Munroe

Bahamian artist Lavar Munroe

Bahamian artist gives lecture at UC Berkeley

Bahamian artist Lavar Munroe will be giving a lecture at University of California / Berkeley as a part of their 2018 Art Practice Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 6th from 12pm-1pm. UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice provides rigorous practical, conceptual, and critical training within the context of a world-renowned public research university. The department’s mission is to prepare students for professional lives within contemporary art.

“My work functions both as homages and posthumous collaborations between me and my late father. I am interested in the idea of fostering a collaboration, without my father knowingly doing so. The inception of these works came about due to prior plans to collaborate with him two years before his death. Our intentions were to better understand each other’s professions (he was a watersports instructor specializing in parasailing and me, a multimedia visual artist), with the deeper interest in using both of our practices to metaphorically connect with my deceased mother. My work harnesses a broad range of visual references, drawing equally from literature, folk religious practices, folk celebratory practices, mythology, and the history of statues and memorials.”

Munroe earned a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (2007). In 2010, He represented the Bahamas at the Liverpool Biennale. He earned a MFA from Washington University in St. Louis (2013), which was immediately followed by tenure at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013). He was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting and Sculpture Grant (2013). In 2014, Munroe was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was later recognized with the Postdoctoral Award of Research Excellence (2015). In 2015, he exhibited in the 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor. He then participated in the 12th Dakar biennale (2016), curated by Simon N’jami. Munroe was the recipient of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation: THREAD Senegal residency (2017). He was selected for Prospect New Orleans 4 (triennial) curated by Trevor Schoonmaker. Munroe is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis (2017-18) and is currently an artist in residence at Headlands (2018).

CLICK HERE to visit Lavar Munroe’s website.

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Call for Works:
Transforming Spaces 2018

Deadline for Submissions:
Friday, March 2nd / 4pm

Hillside House Art Gallery in partnership with University of The Bahamas for Transforming Spaces 2018

The University of The Bahamas (UB) is pleased to partner with Hillside House Art Gallery for the 14th Annual Transforming Spaces (TS) tour coming up on March 16th–18th. The theme of this year’s TS exhibition at Hillside House is “Historic Nassau”.

TS at Hillside House will host a unique cultural experience that will showcase the talents of UB’s Visual Arts, Music, Culinary and English Studies disciplines. The three-day event promises to offer an engaging and interactive programme of live art, exhibitions, literary and musical performances, educational experiences, and creative workshops featuring UB students, staff, faculty and alumni.

For more information, contact Keisha Oliver, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Department, University of The Bahamas at (242) 302-4422 or at email:

TS tickets are now on sale for $35 at Doongalik Studios and The Place for Art on Village Road and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on West Hill Street. Purchase early to make sure you have a seat on this year’s tour.

CLICK HERE for Call to Works page.
CLICK HERE for Transforming Spaces’ website.

Keisha Oliver TS Call for Works

Call for Bahamian Plays: Shakespeare in Paradise

Submission deadline:
May 18th, 2018

Are you a playwright? Do you want to get your work produced? Send Shakespeare in Paradise (SiP) your short script for consideration. SiP is looking for new playwrights and new plays for Short Tales, a series of new short plays to premiere at our tenth festival.

Plays should be no longer than 10-15 minutes in length. If you’re using standard playscript format, this will give a rough running time of a minute a page, which means that your scripts should be between 10-15 pages long.

Casts should involve no more than 3 actors. One-person plays are welcome. And, of course, you can have more than 3 characters if you write a play in which actors play more than one role.

These are the elements that will make us look twice at your submission:
• Memorable characters in tough situations which change their lives forever.
• Actions that have consequences for those affected by them.
• Themes that have relevance for the 21st century Bahamas.

CLICK HERE to submit queries or new scripts for consideration.


Artists and Artisans
of The Bahamas:
Take this survey!

Creative Nassau is proud to inform the Bahamian art community that they are conducting the first ever Bahamian “Orange Economy”/Creative Industries Survey which will be managed by Dennis Deveaux, Head of the new KPMG (Bahamas) Lighthouse Center of Excellence for Data and Analytics, Creative Nassau’s partner in this project.

This survey will be used to create a comprehensive database of persons in The Bahamas who are involved in creative endeavors in order to determine how they are contributing to the growth of the economy. Collectively, the creative industries and other contributions in this area are often referred to as the ‘creative economy’.

The results of this survey will also be used to get a sense of how Creative Nassau can better meet some of the art community’s needs and interests as an entrepreneur working in areas of Bahamian art, culture and heritage.

Creative Nassau’s mission is to promote and celebrate Bahamian art, craft, culture and heritage from the inside out. It was formed in 2008 by the late Jackson Burnside III along with a group of passionate Bahamians who wished to showcase their unique Bahamian culture to the world, whilst actively developing a Creative Tourism model to ensure that by the year 2020 more persons will travel to The Bahamas to experience its art, culture and heritage rather than just its sun, sand and sea.

CLICK HERE to take the survey.
CLICK HERE to visit Creative Nassau’s website.
CLICK HERE to related article on KPMG’s Data and Analytics.


Page spread from Sonia Farmer’s "Erasure of Richard Ligon's ‘A True & Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes" (1657)'", letterpress-printed and collected into a handmade clamshell box, Edition of 25. 2018. (Image courtesy of Sonia Farmer. )

Lamenting Slavery

Unearthing our history through art.

by Dr. Ian Bethell-Bennett


The materiality of art and culture is essential to the experience with art and our understanding of the relationship between space, time and humanity. When we do not see, feel or experience the materiality of space, we tend to ignore its existence. Art can be used to bridge gaps between the materiality of experience and the historical omissions and erasures that leave the space open to deletion, and de-historicisation.

Music, similar to art, can speak to a similar materialising of experiences that have been wiped out by the passage of time and the shifting sands of spatial economic change. The disappearance from the mental record of the Nassau Market is a salient example of the vanishing materiality and so the memory of that experience. What remains is a space that has been razed of the material market and so the only vestiges remain. The artistic renderings and musical recitations of that material experience, where women and men walked over Market Street, often through Gregory’s Arch, to sell produce in the market, is what remains.

Downtown has become nothing more than a sanitised non-Bahamian space, where nothing attracts people to the centre other than tourist culture. Art, music and writing, though, recapture the physical and the oral traditions of the past. While not always culturally sensitive to the national landscape and people, texts were written like accurate histories of spaces that do not truly reflect anything but bias and judgment, but the historical accounts are priceless. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article in The Nassau Guardian.


"Wisdom Teeth" (2017), Anina Major, glass, 3 x 5 x 3 (4). Collection of the artist. Cast from dried coconut husks in sand.


Anina Major. “I Ein Lookin’ Nowhere Else, For My Heritage" (2017-ongoing), Ceramic plates installation.

Movements & Memory

An interview with Bahamian artist Anina Major on her art practice and the hauntings of history

by Natalie Willis

We often speak of Slavery in regards to one demographic in particular and the detrimental effects that remain today – and rightly so. It is a painful legacy, but it is also a shared one. “The Slave’s Lament,” written by Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in 1792, is a song that spoke to this history in its own time. It is also the title of a work by another Scot, Graham Fagen, who used this song in his presentation at the 2015 Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition. This newer rendition, featuring Reggae artist Ghetto Priest and a string ensemble, serves as the focus and starting point for us to begin to discuss this history through a slightly different lens. The exhibition, “We Suffer To Remain,” opens in March and features Fagen’s artwork along with that of three Bahamian artists, namely: Sonia Farmer, John Beadle, and Anina Major.

Anina Major is a ceramicist and sculpture artist whose work gives us space to look at some of these vestiges and legacies of not only our slave history here in The Bahamas but also our more extensive history and the issues we face as a nation that is struggling to write its narrative and its own story. I had the pleasure of speaking with her about her work and her thinking for the upcoming show.

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Natalie Willis: Throughout your practice, your references to the body are quite open and explicit, but I also often see references to mobility. It feels like a bit of a paradox since they are mostly physically static works, but they speak to ideas of movement in a lot of different ways. Speak to me about this a bit.

Anina Major: Anytime we talk about the body or the idea of movement and journeys, and I would even say migration, this is one of the things that comes to the surface for me. I don’t live at home in The Bahamas, and I may go more into that later, but if I wanted to look at this idea of being static and mobile in a more emotional way and dig even further, there is an even bigger question of “what is this desire to travel and to move?” [...]

CLICK HERE for full interview at the NAGB website.


Patricia Vazquez "Bahama Parrot eating Ram's Horn". (Dawn Davies Collection)

Unlocking the islands’ best kept secret

by Alesha Cadet

Guests at photographer Patricia Vazquez’ latest exhibit opening last Friday may have been standing inside The Current Art Studios at Baha Mar, but for a few brief moments they were transported to Inagua to experience the island’s unique beauty.

The pop-up exhibition is called “Inagua: The Best Kept Secret” and is being held by Ms Vasquez in partnership with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT). It shows a special series of photographs that feature Inagua, the southernmost island in The Bahamas, best known for its natural surroundings and protection of wildlife. The exhibit opening was also supplemented by an education talk by BNT.

In an interview with Tribune Weekend, Ms. Vasquez said the 18 pieces on display at The Current range in size from 16x20 to 36x6. There are flocks of the island’s famous flamingoes – baby flamingoes still unsteady on their legs and the deep pink adult birds; as well as the native donkeys and Bahamian parrots in the wild. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article on Pg 8 in The Tribune Weekend.

Abandoned bus Clifton Pier

Ruining our Heritage

by Athena Damianos

I wanted to weep. 

Revisiting the Clifton Heritage Park on the western tip of New Providence was like a bad dream. Only it wasn’t a dream. 

The garbage was real. The junk was real. The rutted ground from the four wheelers was real. So was the torn, rusted fencing.  What has happened to this 500-acre national park system? 

It was a cool and windy Sunday and friends from Kentucky were in town. Too rough for the boat or swimming, we promised them a beautiful hike along a coast kissed by turquoise sea, plantation ruins and wetlands full of bird life. What we found instead was a garbage dump. 

Our first stop was the Clifton wetlands and we were thrilled to see they’d recovered nicely from the terrible salt damage caused by an earlier hurricane.  The wetlands were alive with birds – common marsh hens, American coots, ring billed duck, cormorants and snowy egrets. 

Beneath the birds and tilapia fish, Styrofoam plates and cups, beer bottles and plastic littered the bottom of the pond. 

Leaving the first beach at the canal to the sun worshippers, we passed an abandoned buggy with the name, Heritage National Park on the side, its wheels stripped.  [...]

CLICK HERE to read full story at The Tribune.

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Reconstruction of a Taino village in Cuba.

Ancient DNA sheds light on what happened to the Taino, the natives of the Caribbean

An ancient tooth found in a cave in Eleuthera has proven Taíno indigenous Americans are not extinct, as long believed, but have living descendants in the Caribbean today.

by Kiona N. Smith

The Caribbean was one of the last parts of the Americas to be settled by humans, although scientists don’t agree on when the first settlers arrived or where they came from. Some argue that people probably arrived from the Amazon Basin, where today’s Arawakan languages developed, while others suggest that the first people to settle the islands came from even farther west, in the Colombian Andes.

“The differences in opinion illustrate the difficulty of tracing population movements based on a patchy archaeological record,” wrote archaeologist Hannes Schroeder of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and his colleagues. Schroeder’s research team has a new study on the genetics of the long-lost Taino people, which gives some clear indications of their origin and where they went after European colonization. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at ARS Technica.
CLICK HERE for related article: ‘Extinct’ Tainos never actually disappeared...


art & culture from the region
and around the world


Sybil Atteck, “Self-Portrait” (1970), oil on board. Collection of Helen Atteck. Image courtesy of the California African American Museum.

The colorful legacy of the Chinese Caribbean diaspora

Chinese immigrants to the West Indies have left a mark on the region’s art.

by Monica Uszerowicz

500 years ago, Spanish ships carrying Chinese exports and silver sailed from Manila, in the Philippines, to Acapulco, Mexico. According to a new exhibition at the California African American Museum (CAAM), in Los Angeles, these voyages created “an imagined China” in the Latin American consciousness. From the 1800s through the 1900, Chinese immigrants came in several waves to the Caribbean. First, indentured laborers were brought to islands like Trinidad and Cuba, where they sometimes worked alongside slaves even after slavery was officially outlawed. Later, as the slave-supported sugar industry collapsed, immigrants and former indentured workers joined a growing paid labor force.

Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora, on view at CAAM until February 25, is one half of a two-part exhibition, the other displayed at the Chinese American Museum from September 15 to March 11. Both examine the art of the Chinese Caribbean diaspora from the early 20th century through the present day, in places like Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Panama. (Circles and Circuits is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty that commenced in September.) The exhibition at CAAM traces the history of Chinese Caribbean art from the 1930s through several independence movements. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Hyperallergic.


Juan Francisco Elso, “Por América (José Martí)” (1986) in the exhibition Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 at the Walker Art Center (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

Looking beyond history to tell the story of Cuban art

Arranged thematically, Adiós Utopia demonstrates ways Cuban artists have responded to their social context, all while revealing a dialogue with art happening around the world.

by Sheila Regan

Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, now on view at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, uses Cuba’s political and social realities as curatorial lenses, but it’s not an encyclopedic show. Arranged thematically, the exhibition demonstrates ways Cuban artists have responded to their social context, all while revealing a dialogue with art happening around the world.

The exhibition, put together by Cuban-based curators Gerardo Mosquera, René Francisco Rodriguez, and Elsa Vega, with advisors Olga Viso, from the Walker, and Mari Carmen Ramirez, from the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), reflects history while making sure the history doesn’t steal the show from the art. At a press event held when the show opened, both Vega and Mosquera spoke passionately about the important impact of Cuban artists have had on the international art world. Mosquera in particular was eloquent in making the case that while often Cuban art has been used as a way to explain history, “We wanted to reverse this approach and to focus on the art.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Hyperallergic.


Designer Hannah Beachler

Meet the designer who created Black Panther’s Wakanda

Here’s how Hannah Beachler, the design force behind Moonlight and Lemonade, shaped the movie’s set design.

by Mark Wilson

Read any review of Black Panther, and you’ll see kudos for Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, the convincing philosopher king. You’ll spot poorly masked crushes on Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger, the charismatic antagonist. And you’ll see fealty sworn to Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Letitia Wright–the film’s rightful, albeit unofficial, queens.

But the character who steals the limelight is not an actor at all. It’s the setting, or mise-en-scène if you want to be formal about it: Wakanda. Wakanda is a fictional, hidden country in Africa that’s never been colonized or conquered because it’s sitting on a mass of magical metal that’s transformed the nation into a technological wonder that’s literally invisible to the outside world. It’s impossible not to be smitten with Wakanda’s Golden City, an homage to Afrofuturism that seems to ebb and flow like the landscape itself.

In an exclusive interview with Co.Design, the New Orleans-based production designer Hannah Beachler, whose credits include Moonlight, Fruitvale Station, Creed, and Beyonce’s Lemonade, broke down how she articulated a Wakanda that none of us have ever seen. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Fast Company Design.

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Tyanna Buie, “Woman Holding Magnolia #1” (2017), which features Buie’s mother, with tignon and magnolia added in separate dimensional layers

A history of head wraps and wrought-iron windows in an artist’s travels

Artist Tyanna Buie weaves together her travels throughout New Orleans, Paris, and Berlin in her gripping new body of work.

by Sarah Rose Sharp

Traveling is important for many people, but perhaps especially for artists, as it offers a world of opportunity to be exposed to new information and ideas, as well as to view one’s own existence from a distance. Printmaker Tyanna Buie reinforces this idea by introducing her exhibition at the College for Creative Studies Center Galleries, On Vacation, with a quote from Roland Barthes’s Mythologies: “Writers (Artists) are on holiday, but their Muse in awake, and gives birth non-stop.”

This certainly seems to be the case for Buie, who traveled last year to New Orleans, Paris, and Berlin and out of her experiences made a gripping group of works that bridge the foreign and the familiar. Most of the nine screen prints on display synthesize imagery and information from more than one of these destinations.

While in New Orleans, Buie took the opportunity to learn more about the Creole roots of her surname, a search that took her to Le Museé de f.p.c., a house museum honoring the history of free people of color in New Orleans. There she learned about the tignon laws that required (free) women of color to wear hair covers. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article at Hyperallergic.

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Moses Williams, Angelica Peale Robinson, After 1803. Gift of the McNeil Americana Collection, 2009. (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.)

Once the slave of an American painter, Moses Williams forged his own artistic career

Williams paved the way for the art of cut paper over 150 years before Henri Matisse and contemporary African-American artist Kara Walker.

by Karen Chernick

At Philadelphia’s Peale Museum, gold-framed portraits painted and displayed by Charles Willson Peale—celebrated Revolutionary-era artist, known for dozens of depictions of George Washington—could cost upwards of one hundred dollars.

By contrast, a selection of cut-paper portraits, which sold at the far end of the museum’s long, single-room gallery, were quite a bargain. For just eight cents, visitors could have their features memorialized by African American silhouettist Moses Williams as early as 1802. He produced thousands of hollow-cut silhouette profiles over the following two decades, recognizably capturing the precise slope of a forehead or the pout of a lip using just two pieces of paper. Williams’s paper-cutting stand quickly became an attraction that boosted museum attendance—many visitors came to see his work first and Peale’s artwork second. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Artsy.


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