We’re back with another #MakeArtMondays post. This week we’re featuring rubber band bracelets. This is a very simple craft idea that can be shared as a gift to a friend, you could make matching bracelets or wear it as a fashion statement.
Today’s throwback features highlights from The Art of Jamaican Sculpture exhibition which opened at National Gallery West in 2018. The Art of Jamaican Sculpture explores the rich tradition of Jamaican sculpture in the 20th and 21st Centuries. This exhibition featured critically acclaimed work by the following artists, Lawrence Edwards, Laura Facey, Christopher Gonzales, Fitz Harrack, Roy Lawrence, Edna Manley, Ronald Moody, Alvin Marriott, David Miller Snr, David Miller Jnr, Winston Patrick, Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds, Namba Roy, Kay Sullivan, Osmond Watson, Ted Williams and John Doc Williamson.
Visiting the museum with your friends may seem like an ancient pastime due to the ongoing pandemic, but we do trust that it will be apart of our new normal some time in the near future if we collectively do what is necessary to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Our throw back highlights a candid shot of classmates from Herbert Morrison Technical Highscool taking a moment to view David Pinto’s clay series on exhibit at National Gallery West’s inaugural Due West exhibition in 2019. ●
Today’s throwback features one of NGW’s many interview moments, a snapshot of Assistant Curator, Monique Gilpin with Attorney at Law and radio host, Clive Mullings post an interview on the powerhouse afternoon radio talk show, Hotline on RJR FM in February 2019. RJR’s Hotline aired live, receiving insight on National Gallery West and our quest in giving back to the community through our programming. It also highlighted our efforts in continuing to advocate for the arts and culture in Western Jamaica.
#TBT | Today’s throwback features a photo taken post an interview with Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc. in October 2018 during the Art of Jamaican Sculpture exhibition at National Gallery West. They were in Jamaica doing a feature on our historical landmarks as well as other aspects of our rich culture and heritage.
National Gallery West was pleased to have welcomed Venezuelan Cadets to our ‘Xaymaca: Nature and the Landscape in Jamaican Art’ exhibition, in July 2015. The exhibition opened for viewing at National Gallery West from May 8, 2015 – August 8, 2015.
How’s this for a #TBT? Veteran Journalist and Broadcaster Fae Ellington ( center), pose with David Shields , Vice President of Island Routes and Assistant Curator of National Gallery West , Monique Gilpin, after a brief tour of the ‘Masculinities’ exhibition at National Gallery West in 2016.
National Gallery West (NG West), the Montego Bay branch of the National Gallery of Jamaica, is pleased to present the exhibition Surreal Black. The exhibition will premier with a virtual tour on the NG West YouTube channel, on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 1:30pm. Surreal Black references varying stylistic approaches explored by featured artists, Carl Abrahams, Marvin Bartley, David Boxer, Leonard Daley, Colin Garland, Christopher Gonzalez, William “Woody” Josephs, Omari Ra, Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds and Osmond Watson. To view the virtual tour of the exhibition Surreal Black, please click on the following link:
The featured works reflect the use of images of dreamlike or irrational juxtapositions and abstract expressionism, to symbolize and critique real world phenomena, which – through this exhibition – are now being interpreted to inform discourse around topics relevant to the experience of people of the African Diaspora, including systemic racism and the resurgence to greater public prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. The works of art produced by artists in Jamaica are not static historical documents; their depictions of the black body are part of the narrative of our lives past and future, but particularly in this hopefully more socially aware moment.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closure of the museum since March, the National Gallery West continues to enhance its online offerings in response, as well as to continue our exhibition programming and serve our communities. This means that unfortunately, the usual physical opening activities for the Exhibitions, will continue to be suspended until further notice.