21st CENTURY KAPO – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2018

As part of our programming for Black History Month, the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) will be hosting a special event on Saturday February 17, 2018, at 1:30 pm entitled 21ST Century Kapo. Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds is considered to be Jamaica’s foremost Intuitive artists; and the newly reinstalled gallery features a selection of sculptures and paintings from the Larry Wirth Collection, the John Pringle Collection and the Aaron and the Marjorie Matalon Collection. The works in these galleries showcase the broad subject matter and iconography that Kapo explored and highlight the cultural significance of this artist.

The Kapo Gallery – which is one of only two NGJ galleries that are dedicated to single artists – was reopened on January 28 after being closed for almost a year; 21st Century Kapo will give the public an opportunity to learn more about this artist and engage in a discussion of his legacy and relevance to Jamaicans today.

21ST Century Kapo will feature a special screening of the archival film, Kapo the Artist, which first aired on BBC TWO in 1986. In it Kapo speaks about his life and work as an artist and Revivalist leader, it features commentary by Dr. David Boxer, Professor Rex Nettleford and Ambassador Dudley Thompson among others. The screening will be followed by a short, candid discussion between Dr. Clinton Hutton, Professor of Caribbean Political Philosophy, Culture and Aesthetics (University of the West Indies, Mona) and NGJ Senior Curator, O’Neil Lawrence.

Attendance to 21ST Century Kapo is free of cost and is open to the public. Visitors are being encouraged to view the newly reinstalled galleries prior to the beginning of the discussion.

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Mallica "Kapo" Reynolds - Rising Table (Revival Table), 1972, John Pringle Collection, NGJ

While preparing for our next major exhibition, the Barrington Watson Retrospective which is scheduled to open on January 8, 2012, the National Gallery is pleased to present the following temporary displays:

The John Pringle Collection: The John Pringle Collection is a recent major donation of 23 paintings by Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds by the estate of John Pringle, Jamaica’s first Director of Tourism and the founder of the famed Round Hill resort. The collection, which had its inaugural exhibition at the Montego Bay Civic Centre in May-June of this year, is on view in its entirety at the National Gallery in Kingston until mid November, after which selections will be included in the new Kapo Galleries, which will reopen towards the end of the year. The catalogue of the John Pringle Collection is now also available for sale in our gift shop. The repatriation and exhibition of the John Pringle Collection have been funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund.

Ebony Patterson - Di Real Big Man, 2010, Collection: NGJ

Selections from the Permanent Collection: On view in the central lobby, mezzanine and circulating areas of the National Gallery are selections from our permanent collection, with works of art in various media from the 1960s to the present, by major Jamaican artists such as Carl Abrahams, Ebony Patterson, Cecil Baugh, Renee Cox, Ralph Campbell, Bryan McFarlane, Kapo, Osmond Watson, Milton George, Everald Brown, Albert Artwell, Hope Brooks, Norma Rodney Harrack, Gloria Escoffery, Peter Wayne Lewis, Karl Parboosingh, and Eugene Hyde. This temporary exhibition includes selections from our ceramics collection, our contemporary art and Intuitive holdings, the Eugene Hyde prints in our collection, Milton George’s Pages from my Diary, as well as a thematic display on religion in Jamaican art. Not to be missed, this exhibition includes several less known but important works from our collection that are not normally on long term public view.

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Press Release – The John Pringle Collection

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The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce the receipt of the John Pringle Collection, a major donation of 23 paintings by the Jamaican Intuitive master Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds. The inaugural exhibition of the John Pringle Collection will take place at the Montego Bay Civic Centre from May 2 to June 25.

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