The National Gallery of Jamaica will be celebrating its fortieth anniversary on November 14, 2014, and among several upcoming projects, there will be a major retrospective on the gallery’s trajectory, “In Retrospect: 40 years of the National Gallery of Jamaica.” The Gallery’s chief curator Charles Campbell writes:
2014 is shaping up to be a big year for the National Gallery of Jamaica. It’s been forty years since we first opened our doors as a gallery to collect, research, document and preserve Jamaican and other Caribbean Art. As I begin to settle into my role here as the new Chief Curator this year’s milestone has been an opportunity to look at both the Gallery’s tremendous accomplishments and how we may wish to change.
To celebrate our fortieth anniversary we’ll be mounting an exhibition that looks at the gallery’s history and the role it’s played in the Jamaican art world. “In Retrospect: 40 years of the National Gallery of Jamaica” will examine how the Gallery has told our story and influenced how we understand art in Jamaica. We’ll be looking at everything from the crafting of the national narrative to controversies surrounding the development of the Intuitive canon to the role the gallery has played in cultivating young artists and notions of the avant-garde. The exhibition opens on July 27 and will offer an interesting dialogue between some of Jamaica’s most senior artists and young contemporaries. [. . .]
[Image above: Street Mural by Ricky Culture (Ricardo Lawrence) – Kingston.]