Smith and Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART and CULTURE’ Issue No. 359Friday, October 26th, 2018 • • • •Sharing Art and Cultural News of The Bahamas for


Smith and Benjamin’s
Issue No. 359
Friday, October 26th, 2018

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Sharing Art and Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 18 Years

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CLICK HERE to see online version.

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Still from “Digging Upward in the Sand” (2018),
a collaboration between the Expo 2020 team from the
University of The Bahamas and Plastico Fantastico Collective,
an international artists’ collective based across the world whose practice
concerns itself with the environment and sustainable futures.
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This short video explored the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Ragged Island
and was part of the latest NAGB’s “Double Dutch” series entitled “Hot Water”,
a collaboration between Plastico Fantastico and Expo 2020.
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upcoming art
and cultural events



NAGB FNL Night at the museum

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, yummy food from Vell Monkey Foot, Cassava Grille and Saige, 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 Victoria 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.


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.

Friday, October 26th: Bahamas National Youth Choir’s “I Will Life Up Mine Eyes” concert at Christ Church Cathedral at 7pm.

Saturday, October 27th: “Goddess of the Wind” at The Current at Baha Mar at 6:30pm. Accompanied by Bahamian pianist Dion Cunningham.

Sunday, October 28th: “A Night at the Opera” at 5pm at St Paul’s Church Hall, Lyford Cay. Joined in parts by American tenor Gary Seydell, as well as choristers from the Bel Canto Singers, the Lyford Cay International School choir, and 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.


Cleo and other restaurants offer discounts to concert goers!

Make an evening of it with special discounts for concert goers

Participating restaurants at Baha Mar will offer special discounts to all those who attend the concert at The Current on Saturday, October 27th. Enjoy 20% off at Regatta, 25% off at Katsuya, Cleo and Fi’Lia, and 50% off your first cocktail at The Jazz Bar after the concert. These offers will not last forever so take advantage of them now! Just remember to present your concert ticket stub. Reservations are recommended.

On Sunday, October 28th, you can complete your evening at The Captain’s Table, 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.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets at the Society’s new website.
CLICK HERE for the Society’s Facebook page.
CLICK HERE to view Jordan perform “Douce Dame Jolie”.




NAGB to open ‘Creative Time Summit’

Thursday, Nov. 1st
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

The NAGB is happy to be a screening site for the 2018 Creative Time Summit, which opens November 1st in Miami. Over 80 speakers will engage with themes including immigration and borders, climate realities, notions of intersectional justice, gentrification, tourism as an enabler for neocolonialism, and the roles art and activism can play in all these pressing issues.

On Thursday, November 1st, the NAGB kicks off their weekend of support with extended gallery viewing hours with libations from 5pm–7pm showcasing the brand new chapter of Lavar Munroe’s exhibition titled “Return: The Magic Flight” with never before seen work, and Jonathan Bethel’s Project Space Exhibition “Elemental”. All events are FREE and open to the public.

CLICK HERE to register for the conference.
CLICK HERE for Facebook event page.


NAGB Film Series presents: “Get Out”

Thursday, Nov. 1st
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

NAGB is proud to partner with Bahamian filmmaker Travolta Cooper and “The Cinemas” for the upcoming season for the NAGB Film Series. Cooper is a filmmaker with documentaries, a digital series, and an upcoming feature narrative film all at work; he is also the producer of the show “The Cinemas,” which is dedicated to the rise of Caribbean Cinema and under which banner he will be curating film with the NAGB.

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. Get Out is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele who won the Academy Award for best original screenplay.

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NAGB presents the ‘Creative Time Summit’ 2018 Programme

Friday, Nov. 2nd | 10am–6pm | NAGB, West Hill Street


The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is happy to partner as a screening site with Miami’s 2018 Creative Time Summit: On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World. The 2018 Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics.

On Friday, November 2nd, we congregate at the NAGB from 10am–6pm to listen to the exciting streamed talks, performances, activations and more.

Over 80 speakers will engage with themes including immigration and borders, climate realities, notions of intersectional justice, gentrification, tourism as an enabler for neocolonialism, and the roles art and activism can play in all these pressing issues. This year’s speakers include Haitian-American author and MacArthur “Genius” Edwidge Danticat, philosopher Timothy Morton, writer Vijay Prashad, artist Zach Blas, curator Elvis Fuentes and Cuban-born artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons.

Following the discussions, The NAGB has invited several key professionals to speak towards issues addressed in the streamed conference: Adelle Thomas, Joey Gaskins and others. The day’s conversation will be moderated with moments for healthy debate and discussion before and after lunch. The NAGB will be providing refreshments during breaks.

CLICK HERE to register for the conference.
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NAGB presents: Photo Walk and
Talk in Over-the-Hill

Saturday, Nov. 3 | 10am–1pm | NAGB, West Hill Street

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Wrapping up support for the Creative Time Summit, on November 3rd, the NAGB invites the public to a one-of-a-kind experience – a Photo Walk and History Talk around the Over-the-Hill communities, with a guided tour by Christopher Davis, lead historian at the Pompey Museum. This vibrant and complex neighbourhood has been classified both as the “Nation’s Navel” and the Historic Centre, while also referred to by some as the “inner city” and the tour will focus on issues of gentrification and sustainability.

Joining us will be artists and academics Angelika Wallace-Whitfield, Melissa Alcena, Jodi Minnis, Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett and Eric Rose, each of them bringing their expertise and unique vision to the tour, along with the knowledgeable and impassioned NAGB staff.

Bring your water bottles, cameras, sketch pads, recording and mobile devices and remember to wear comfortable shoes. We set off from the gallery at 10 a.m. sharp and invite everyone to have lunch afterwards at the Pepper Pot Grill located on King Street. All events are FREE and open to the public.

CLICK HERE to register for the conference.
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art & culture stories
from the bahamas


Bahamian artist edits history by placing Tupac Shakur’s name on the Carnegie Museum of Art

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Installation view. Tavares Strachan, The Encyclopedia of Invisibility, 2018, 57th Carnegie International. (Photo Bryan Conley)

Bahamian artist Tavares Strachan added “invisible” names like Fell, Monk, Lamarr, Norgay, and more alongside Rembrandt, Chopin, Franklin, and Darwin on the museum’s façade for the 57th Carnegie International.

by Ann Binlot

In 1886 the great Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie announced his grand plans for what would arguably be the first contemporary art museum in America. “I am thinking of incorporating with the plan for a library that of an art gallery in which shall be preserved a record of the progress and development of pictorial art in America.” The first gallery of the Carnegie Museum of Art opened in Pittsburgh in 1895, and in 1907, the institution expanded with a neoclassical-style building dedicated to, according to words etched on its exterior, “literature, science, and art.” Some of the names of the greatest contributors to those areas were immortalized on the outside of the museum, with their names carved on it. They included Franklin, Rembrandt, Chopin, and Darwin—all men who were Caucasian.

When Bahamian-born, New York-based artist Tavares Strachan did a site visit for the 57th Carnegie International—on view there through March 25, 2019—the names caught his eye. “I was just curious about the names they already had on the building, and so I just wanted to think about editing, or adding to that list of names of people who might be invisible, or who might not ever end up on a building,” said the artist. And so, Strachan decided to create an extension of his five-year project called Encyclopedia of Invisibility for the exhibition by adding names of those he thought should line the exterior of the Carnegie Museum of Art in a rainbow of scripted neon lights, either alongside or on top of the existing names of the building. The artist also installed the phrase “All of the people that have been made invisible through the mechanism of history.” “Monk” (for Thelonious Monk) now covers “Darwin,” and “Baldwin” hangs over “Franklin.” Other names Strachan added to the Carnegie Museum of Art’s façade include Hedy Lamarr—for the Austrian scientist and actress, Tenzing Norgay—the Tibetan sherpa who was one of the first two individuals to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953, and the late rapper Tupac Shakur. “He’s someone a lot of people know,” said Strachan, referring to Shakur, “but he would never be on a building like this.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Document Journal.


"When the Lionfish Came" – Short film by Tamika Galanis

Bahamian film screened at Smithsonian

Bahamian documentarian and multimedia visual artist Tamika Galanis’ short film, When the Lionfish Came, was screened yesterday at The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. as a part of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History’s first ever Smithsonian African American Film Festival. Galanis’ film was a part of the Diaspora Transcendentals programme.

When the Lionfish Came is a six-minute illustration of disappearing Bahamian culture and sea life, the palpability of the absence of real climate change initiatives, and the continued pursuit of tourism despite cultural decline.

The Smithsonian African American Film Festival is a multi-day cinematic experience celebrating African American visual culture and film featuring more than
eighty films over 4 days, October 24–27, 2018.

CLICK HERE for text about the film at the Nassau Guardian.
CLICK HERE to visit the Festival’s website.

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Bahamian musician Giveton Gelin on the horn at CBS Sunday Morning.

Bahamian musician performs piece by Wynton Marsalis on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

Back in 2004, legendary Grammy Award winning composer and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis was commissioned to write the signature opening theme, entitled “Abblasen Swing”, for the iconic television programme CBS Sunday Morning.

Today as the show celebrates its 40th Anniversary, Marsalis returns to the show with a “jazzier” version of the Swing piece and engaged top students from the prestigious Juilliard School to play the swingy instrumental. Included in the quartet was Bahamian musician Giveton Gelin who is currently studying for his undergrad degree at what is considered one of the world’s best performing arts conservatories.

Marsalis exclaimed on his Facebook page, “Our great Juilliard trumpet section! Playing this swing version of the Abblasen after seeing it [only] a few minutes before. Not just great players, but great musicians and soulful people. It is a joy to know them and hear them play and learn about the world from their perspective. Love ‘em.”

CLICK HERE to view the short clip on CBS Sunday Morning.


Bahamian-born Patricia Glinton-Meicholas is a poet, author, culture critic, researcher in Bahamian art, culture and history and communication specialist.

The Bahamas:
Falling deeper into our own
Sci-Fi movie

by Patricia Glinton-Meicholas

Nowadays, there is no problem catching the news. It comes at you whether you want it or not—from car radio, radio on cable, television, on your Smart phone, social media, network news, shows commenting on the news, news from the United States, Europe, Britain, Al-Jazeera. And it’s nearly all bad and then some. There are those friends who take suspicious pleasure in giving you a full brief on the latest bloody car accordion, or the latest nunc demittis from a particularly virulent disease. (If you don’t know the meaning of that strange phrase, you shoulda been listening in Ms Davis’ class!)

I read and listen to the news like a child with one eye completely shut and peering out from under the blankets with the other squinting. What’s going on in the world at large and in The Bahamas is so unprecedented in the ability to change what has existed for millions of years in a day, by putting nuclear triggers in the all too strong and steady hands of people with shaky brains. It does not help to hear of “earthquakes in divers places”, melting icecaps and nature in need of a good ol’ swig of Bacardi’s best or a daily dose of Prozac. There’s some good news—take the cure for yourself. It won’t calm the shaking out there, but it might soothe ours.

Now, along with “Now I lay me down to sleep”, we add “Lord, please give us one piece of good news tomorrow and I pray you not to allow the crazies to wake.” Don’t feel bad, if you, like some of us check our house doors twice and under our beds three times. The truth is, there are too many boogeymen—we call them “sperrits”—floating around, waiting for a chance to alter your mind, your body and your future and none in a good way. [...]

CLICK HERE for full text at Eyewitness News.


Bahamian artist Sonia Farmer with her piece, “A True & Exact Remix” for the “In-Progress: Scaffolding & Snafus” exhibition at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

Bahamian artist presents at printing conference and curates new show in Iowa

Bahamian writer, visual artist, and small press publisher, Sonia Farmer, will be presenting her paper, “Resisting Paradise: The Craftsman Press Archive” at the 2018 Friends of Dard Hunter and the American Printing History Association Conference under the theme “Matrices: The Social Life of Paper, Print, and Art” at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Farmer has also co-curated and her work featured in an exhibition of the University of Iowa Center for the Book student work, “In-Progress: Scaffolding & Snafus” at the University’s K.K. Merker Gallery during the conference.

Using the working definition of “matrices” as “something from which something else originates, develops, or takes form”, the exhibition aims to spotlight the often-invisible or discarded materials that contribute to final projects & editions. Ultimately, the exhibition asks: How do the University of Iowa Center for the Book students work through the creative process, and how is that process honed in this academic space?

Farmer’s piece, “A True & Exact Remix” is included, containing a collection of printing registration sheets from her artist book edition, “A True & Exact History” (edition number 26/25).

Sonia’s fellow curators, Colleen Lawrence and Suzanne Glemot, helped to make this student exhibition happen as part of the American Printing History Association and Friends of Dard Hunter 2018 joint conference.

CLICK HERE for more info on the Conference.
CLICK HERE for Sonia Farmer’s blog.

NAGb NE9 SelectedArtists r3

Participating artists announced for the NAGB’s 9th National Exhibition

by Holly Bynoe

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) will open the Ninth National Exhibition (NE9) on Thursday, December 13th, 2018, from 6-9 p.m. For the past 15 years, the NAGB has committed itself to the nurturing and fostering of a healthy creative ecosystem, and it continues to push the frontiers and foundations of cultural value and consciousness across the nation and its diasporas.

With contributions from more than 30 artists, performers, writers and academics, this iteration of the National Exhibition, under the theme and title “The Fruit and The Seed” curated by Chief Curator Holly Bynoe, will present a vibrant and dynamic series of programming events including a main exhibition in the upper galleries of the NAGB, readings, screenings, performances, education workshops and panels.

The call for works which was presented in July had several new facets to it including prompts that lead to greater cultural and social engagement through art. The call which solicited over 100 submissions, presented the “The Fruit and the Seed” as a socially unique project, which centres around how artists are working to define their space and experiences. Whether it be through the lens of race, gender, parity and class as a way to clarify cultural, social and aesthetic decisions, the art-making process is used as a tool to bring to the fore ideologies on activism and advocacy, leading to a more empathetic and understanding culture. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at the NAGB.

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Photo by Eric Rose/BIS

Gerald Cash Primary learns about Cuban drumming

Students of Gerald Cash Primary School showcased musical talents and learned about Cuban drumming when renowned percussionist Eduardo Cordova visited their school as part of a cultural exchange delegation, on October 17, 2018.

The students performed Rake-n-Scrape and Junkanoo rhythms and had a “jam session” with Mr. Cordova at the end. Among those present for the event were Senior Cultural Affairs Officer in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Sonovia Pierre, Music Education Officer for Primary Schools Antoinette P. Thompson, Resident Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Her Excellency Ismara Mercedes Vargas Walter, Cuban visual artist José Luis Cicilio, and other cultural and Cuban stakeholders.

© The Bahamas Weekly

NAGB Lavar Munroe Specimen

“Specimen L-1119” (2011), Lavar Munroe, black glitter, glass beads, acrylic and graphite on paper, 11 x 19. Part of a private collection and currently on display at NAGB as part of the Lavar Munroe 10-year-survey “Son of the Soil”.

Strange darknesses

Lavar Munroe’s sinister fantasy creatures in the “specimens” series.

by Natalie Willis

They may appear to be things of fantasy, with their glittering feathered wings, beads, embellishments and horns adorning those who look to be less than the usual hooved suspects, but Lavar Munroe’s “Specimens” series find their footing in the real world through their presentation, and indeed through their representation. By investigating through fantasy and myth the repercussions and implications of the waves of colonialism on this landscape, first with Columbus, but also alluding to British colonialism with the museum-style classifications and taxonomies of these fair and strange imagined beasts, Munroe’s ‘specimens’ give us a moment to really think beyond the horrific impact on humans and into the broader ecology of The Bahamas.

The “specimens” were shown first as part of the wider “Invasions” series, including again fantastical drawings and mixed media works, which looks to the “discovery of the New World” with Columbus and the subsequent decimation of the indigenous peoples – Arawak, Lucayan and Taino – populations in The Bahamas. We have since found promising research that suggests they were not completely eradicated from this place. Through study of other Caribbean island populations near us, the recently uncovered jawbone of an Arawak woman found in Preacher’s Cave, Eleuthera – a thousands-year-old mouth which, due to its preserved state, is capable of telling us the first full human genome – shows that Caribbean people still hold the DNA of the Indigenous peoples of this chain of limestone and volcanic rock. It would, of course, be arrogant to think that strangers coming to the land that was home and sacred to the Arawaks, could know this landscape intimately enough to know all of its secrets, its hidey-holes, its places of refuge. Of course, the indigenous people’s couldn’t have entirely been killed off, even with disease – they were nomads and resilient and found a way to continue, albeit differently. However, what of the fauna and flora? [...]

CLICK HERE full story in The Nassau Guardian.


“Digging Upward in the Sand” (2018), Plastico Fantastico, single channel video, 29 seconds. Part of the latest Double Dutch, “Hot Water”, a collaboration between Plastico Fantastico and Expo 2020, exploring the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Ragged Island.

Murky Histories and Futures:

“Digging Upward in the Sand” (2018) by Plastico Fantastico

by Natalie Willis

Forward, onward, digging upward in the sand, together. The 2018 “Double Dutch,” the 7th in the series of paired exhibitions, brings us questions on the future, on climate change, on what it means to govern a chain of 700 islands, and on what it means to lose an island’s culture from lack of infrastructure and intervention. “Digging Upward in the Sand” (2018) by the Plastico Fantastico Collective, stirs up these queries, worries, and troubling presents for us.

Set against the backdrop of the current dilemma in Ragged Island, with an island nearly decimated, rendered almost uninhabitable, and survivors being forced to choose between exile on-island or exile by leaving home. The climate refugees of Ragged Island bring us not just questions on government, on responsibility, on climate change, but they also bring us worries on how we preserve island cultures when the islands are lost. In “Digging Upward in the Sand” (2018), Plastico Fantastico give us a simple image to consider, but a lot is contained within this short video loop.

We see a young man in a Junkanoo costume, underwater, with a shovel, digging at the sand beneath his feet. Over the duration of the film, the visibility of the Junkanooer becomes more and more obscured with the uprooted sand becoming suspended in the salt water. The fragility of Junkanoo costumes (made entirely of cardboard, paper and glue, very likely to disintegrate when wet) comes to mind, the horror of a rainy Boxing Day or New Years Junkanoo... [...]

CLICK HERE for full text at the NAGB.


“The Story of ‘ETA’: Blue/Green Ragged Island” Ideation in Art and Design

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Expected Time of Arrival, 6:30, 2018. Expo 2020. Part of Double Dutch “Hot Water”, on view at the NAGB through Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 5 p.m. (Image by Dante Carrer)

by Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett, The University of The Bahamas

Art and design, though they seem to make strange bedfellows, work hand in glove, and, along with literature, carve out space for exceptional spatial and design shifts that move people into new possibilities.

The 2018 iteration of the annual regional collaborative project “Double Dutch” titled “Hot Water,” combines the work of Plastico Fantastico (PF) and Expo 2020 team from University of The Bahamas. The teams spent a week traveling to and from Ragged Island researching what it might look like to rebuild in stronger and more resilient ways in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The project combined students and faculty, as well as members from PF and we interviewed committee and community members and spent hours and then days creating and distilling ideas for the exhibition. What finally stands in the Ballroom of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is weeks of contact and ideation, with that, a lot of experimentation to see how best to construct and meet new demands.

The need for water was a striking reality as the Ragged Island community were unable to gain much traction with their rebuilding efforts as they had an extremely limited amount of freshwater. In order to rebuild, fresh water is essential. For all aspects of life, fresh water is essential. So the metaphor of salt and sand, combined with water—green/blue economy were powerful metaphors of development and historical reality and retention. [...]

CLICK HERE for full text at the NAGB.


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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

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby, ©John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. (Photo by Jackie Neale © The Met.)

How do you build a sustainable art career?

We examine case studies of two star artists who have developed sustainable careers amid intense pressure.

by Charlotte Burns

How does an artist build a steady and long-lasting career after an early bout of intense auction success? Two talents of different artistic generations—35-year-old Njideka Akunyili Crosby and 49-year-old Cecily Brown—offer complementary case studies. Over the past few years, Crosby has ascended to bona fide art-market stardom at a rapid pace. Similarly, Brown found fame as a young painter—and is now proving that it is possible not only to survive, but also to thrive in midcareer.

Njideka Akunyili Crosby:

The Rising Star Bursting Onto the Scene

Rewind to Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2014. The London-based gallery Victoria Miro debuted large and striking works by a young painter it had recently signed. There was instant demand: five institutions vied for a 1960s-style interior that ultimately sold to Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa for nearly $50,000. “We’ve never had such an immediate response to a new artist,” the gallery’s director, Glenn Scott-Wright, said at the time. Just 10 years earlier, the Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist had wanted to pursue a career in medicine; she turned to art only after she failed to get into her first-choice medical school. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at ArtNet.

Carrie Mae Weems NYT

The New York Times recognizes the greatness of African-American artist Carrie Mae Weems

by Victoria L. Valentine

WHAT DETERMINES GREATNESS? In her introductory note about how the six people featured in “T” magazine’s 2018 Greats issue were selected, Hanya Yanagihara, editor of the New York Times style publication, admits “there is no real metric for greatness.” The candidates could be described as extraordinary. Perhaps they have helped shape or change their field. All of them have in some way “helped steer the cultural discourse.”

In 2016, Michelle Obama was among The Greats (along with artist Kerry James Marshall). The magazine’s write-up about the First Lady featured contributions from four prominent figures in their own right—including Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—who each penned thank-you notes to Obama in appreciation for her “quietly and confidently changing the course of American history.”

The author of several books including “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” (2017) and the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel “Americanah” (2013), Adichie was among The Greats in 2017. Her profile included a photographic portrait made by Carrie Mae Weems, which was inspired by her 1990 “Kitchen Table Series.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at CultureType.
CLICK HERE for article in The New York Times.


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