Art Exhibition: “MAX/AMOS: A Tale of Two Paradises”


In the fall of 2015, National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) director Amanda Coulson gave a directive: We must take art to the Family Islands, starting with Grand Bahama. So, Community Outreach officer Abby Smith got down to the business of developing an exhibition that would also be an act of community and cultural affirmation—using the National Collection. With Assistant Curator Natalie Willis, herself a Grand Bahamian, the two co-curated the museum’s first inter-island exhibition—”MAX/AMOS: A Tale of Two Paradises”…On its fourth trip, this time to Exuma, the home island of our beloved master artist, Amos Ferguson, it seemed only fitting that “MAX/AMOS” be retired there.

A semi-annual project, the inter-island exhibition travels to two islands per year, and each iteration of the show is sponsored completely by the NAGB and our partners. More than incredible work on walls, the exhibition provided an opportunity for the National Art Gallery to reach beyond New Providence. Workshops were designed that both challenged and inspired students to paint like Amos and print in the style of Max Taylor. Additionally, catalogues, produced by the NAGB, were distributed (often with additional art supplies), to every reachable school on the respective islands. [. . .]

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