Last Sundays, October 26, 2014, featuring In Retrospect Exhibition and Maurice Gordon and Pimento

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The National Gallery’s Last Sundays programme for October 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, October 26, from 11 am to 4 pm, and will feature the In Retrospect: 40 Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica exhibition and a musical performance by the Pimento trio, featuring Maurice Gordon.

The In Retrospect: 40 Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica exhibition opened on August 31 and represents the first major event in the National Gallery’s 40th anniversary celebrations. In Retrospect tells the story of the National Gallery through its exhibitions and publications, through major donations, and through the debates that have surrounded the Gallery from its earliest years, with a special focus on the Gallery’s role in articulating how Jamaican art is understood. The exhibition consists mainly of key works from the Gallery’s collection and invites viewers to respond to these works in the context of the National Gallery’s own history. In Retrospect closes on November 15 and is thus in its final weeks.

The Pimento trio, which is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm, plays contemporary jazz, flavored with hints of reggae, R&B, funk, rock and fusion. The trio is headed by the noted guitarist and composer Maurice Gordon, who is acclaimed for his fluid technique, dexterity and highly personal style and cites as his influences Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, George Benson and Bob Marley. Maurice Gordon has performed at festivals in the Caribbean including Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, St. Lucia and Martinique Jazz Festivals, Ramajay Festival (Trinidad), Grenada Spice Jazz Festival.

As is now customary for Last Sundays, admission to the NGJ will be free on Sunday, October 26, and guided tours and children’s activities will also be offered free of cost. Our gift and coffee shop will be open for business and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Revenues from our shops and donations help to fund programmes such as the In Retrospect exhibition and our Last Sundays programming.

Last Sundays: September 28, 2014, featuring in Retrospect and Barre None

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The National Gallery’s Last Sundays programme for September 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, September 28, from 11 am to 4 pm, and will feature the In Retrospect: 40 Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica exhibition and a dance performance, titled Soulscaping, by the Barre None Dance Collective.

The In Retrospect: 40 Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica exhibition opened on August 31 and represents the first major event in the National Gallery’s 40th anniversary celebrations. In Retrospect tells the National Gallery’s story through its exhibitions and publications, through major donations, and through the debates that have surrounded the Gallery from its earliest years, with a special focus on the Gallery’s role in articulating how Jamaican art is understood. The exhibition consists mainly of key works from the Gallery’s collection and features a diverse range of artists from the 18th to the 21st century, including John Dunkley, Edna Manley, Ebony G. Patterson, Isaac Mendez Belisario, Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds, Albert Huie, Barrington Watson, Eugene Hyde, Vermon ‘Howie’ Grant, Karl Parboosingh, Leasho Johnson, Carl Abrahams, Robin Farqueharson, George Robertson, David Boxer, Laura Facey, Maria LaYacona, Petrona Morrison, Omari Ra, Cecil Baugh, Matthew McCarthy, Everald Brown, Norma Rodney Harrack, A. Duperly and Sons, Osmond Watson, Renee Cox, Marlon James, and Colin Garland.

The dance performance Soulscaping by the acclaimed and innovative Barre None Dance Collective, which will start at 1:30 pm, was choreographed by Oniel Pryce and the dancers will be Neila Ebanks, Sophia Mckain and Kayon Wray. Barre None has described the performance concept as follows: ‘The soul is the self, the “I” that inhabits the body and acts through it. Without the soul, the body is like a light bulb without electricity, a computer without the software, a space suit with no astronaut inside. With the introduction of the soul, the body acquires life, sight and hearing, thought and speech, intelligence and emotions, will and desire, personality and identity.’ The performance was choreographed for the National Gallery space and will interact with parts of the In Retrospect exhibition.

As is now customary for Last Sundays, admission to the NGJ will be free on Sunday, September 28, and guided tours and children’s activities will also be offered free of cost. Our gift and coffee shop will be open for business and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Revenues from our shops and donations help to fund programmes such as the In Retrospect exhibition and our Last Sundays programming.

“In Retrospect: 40 Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica” Opens on August 31

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The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present the In Retrospect: Forty Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica exhibition, which is opening on Sunday, August 31, 2014 and marks the beginning of the Gallery’s fortieth anniversary programme.

It is indeed forty years ago this year, on November 14, 1974 to be precise, that the National Gallery opened its doors at Devon House and the institution, which in 1982 moved to the Roy West Building on the Kingston Waterfront, has grown significantly since then. As it presently stands the National Gallery of Jamaica is the oldest and largest national art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean and its reach and size was further expanded recently with the opening of National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.

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Last Sundays: July 27, 2014, featuring the Free Willies Band

ngj_Sunday_Opening_Jul_27_2014-01The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for July 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, July 27, from 11 am to 4 pm.

The featured performance, scheduled to start at 2 pm, is by the acclaimed Free Willies band, with Omar Francis as the lead singer and guitarist. They will play from their repertoire of reggae, rock and blues. The focus of the programme will be our permanent exhibitions, which has been supplemented with a temporarily reinstallation of the AD Scott Collection, a major donation to the National Gallery in 1999 by one of the pioneering art collectors of the post-independence period. Free tours and children’s activities will be offered, with a special focus on themes related to Emancipation and Independence in our collections, in keeping with the upcoming national observations.

As is now customary for Last Sundays, admission to the NGJ will be free on Sunday, July 27, and the guided tours and children’s activities will also be free. Our gift and coffee shop will be open for business and contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Revenues from our shops and donations help to fund programmes such as our exhibitions and our Last Sundays programming.

Last Sundays, June 29, 2014 – KOTE: featuring Anything With Nothing, Aisha Davis

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The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for June 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, from 11 am to 4 pm, and is presented in association with Kingston on the Edge (KOTE), Jamaica’s first urban arts festival.

The focus of the programme will be the Anything with Nothing: Art from the Streets of Urban Jamaica exhibition, which will close on July 11, but the permanent exhibitions will also be open for viewing. Anything with Nothing features the work of ten street artists from the Corporate area and Spanish Town, with work specially created for the exhibition and photo-documentation of their street art, namely: Kemar Black, Anthony Brown, Cleaver Cunningham. Vermon “Howie” Grant, Ricardo “Ricky Culture” Lawrence, Donavon “Danny Coxon: McLeod, Dion “Sand” Palmer, Michael Robinson, Andrew “Designer Ice: Thomas, and T. Earl Witter. In-depth guided tours of the exhibition, presented by members of the National Gallery curatorial staff, will be offered at 12 noon, 1 pm, and 3 pm and interested persons should meet at the National Gallery front desk at those times.

Aisha Davis

Aisha Davis

The featured performance, scheduled to start at 2 pm, is by Aisha Davis. A singer, song writer, dancer and actress, Aisha has toured internationally and has had the opportunity to share the stage with acts such as Kymani Marley, Cocoa Tea, Alborosie, Shaggy, Jimmy Cliff, and Shaba Ranks, exciting fans with her soulful vocals and dance moves.When not on the road touring the world, she spend her time in the studio working with some of Jamaica’s finest producers such as Tony Kelly, Bobby Digital, Donovan Germaine, Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden, Kirk ‘Kirkle dove’ Bennett, Ward 21 music, just to name a few, and she has recently collaborated on songs with Anthony B and Grammy award winner Bounty killer.

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Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris, featured for Last Sundays

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Professor Mervyn Morris, O.M., Poet Laureate

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present an exciting and varied Last Sundays programme for May 25. In addition to the opening of the new exhibition Anything with Nothing: Art from the Streets of Urban Jamaica, the programme will feature a poetry reading by Jamaica’s new Poet Laureate, Professor Mervyn Morris, O.M. There will also be musical performances by Pentateuch and Ackee & Saltfish.

The poet and literary scholar Mervyn Morris was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and studied at the University College of the West Indies and as a Rhodes Scholar at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He has taught at the University of the West Indies since the 1960s and is now Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing & West Indian Literature.

Morris has published several volumes of poetry, including: Examination Centre (1992); On Holy Week (a sequence of poems for radio, 1993); The Pond (revised edition, 1997); Shadowboxing (1979) and I been there, sort of: New and Selected Poems (2006). In 2009, Morris was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit, and in 2014, he was appointed the Poet Laureate of Jamaica – the first Jamaican poet to be so honoured since independence in 1962. On May 25, Professor Morris will read a selection from his poetry inspired by the street art represented in the Anything with Nothing exhibition.

Pentateuch

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Pentateuch, which was formed in 2009 at the Edna Manley College, has emerged as a major new voice on the Roots Revival scene and engaging anthems such as Black Face have provided them with an enthusiastic and rapidly growing following. The name Pentateuch represents the first five chapters of the Bible and was also chosen to symbolize its five members, Kevor “Vor” Williams on lead vocals, Brady “Jah Bradez” Robinson on drums, Andrew “Worm” Ayre on bass, Andrade “Dradi” Bowen on keyboards and Garth “Duckie” Forester on guitar.

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