As part of the re-installation of our permanent exhibitions, which is currently in progress, we have recently re-conceptualized and re-installed the entrance alcove to the main permanent exhibition, now named Art in Jamaica: The 20th Century, which provides a comprehensive overview of modern Jamaican art. The entrance alcove has for many years housed Edna Manley’s famous Negro Aroused (1935), which we have retained but remounted on a display table by Jamaican Art Deco designer Burnett Webster, which was specifically commissioned and designed by the Institute of Jamaica to accommodate the sculpture.
The NGJ team is putting the finishing touches on the Edna Manley Galleries, as the second part of a larger project to reinstall the permanent galleries. The new galleries will be open to the public by Saturday, October 24. There will be no special opening function.
The Edna Manley Memorial Collection
The Edna Manley Memorial Collection is a specialized collection of the NGJ dedicated to the life and work of Edna Manley. The Development of the Collection was spearheaded by the late Hon. Aaron Matalon, O.J., the founding Chairman of the Edna Manley Foundation, and Dr. David Boxer, Chief Curator of the NGJ. Various private and corporate collectors of Edna Manley’s work donated major sculptures and drawings. The Collection forms the basis of the Edna Manley Galleries at the NGJ and is supplemented with some works from the core permanent collection of the NGJ and loans from the Edna Manley Estate and private collections.