NAGB: International Arts and Culture Conference/Screening

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The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) recently announced that it will be a screening site for the 2018 Creative Time Summit, an “annual convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics.” The Summit—“On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World”—will be held on November 1-3, 2018, in Miami. The NAGB is one of over a 100 screening sites around the world that will be hosting live events around this conference.

The NAGB will offer extended gallery hours and refreshments today—Thursday, November 1, from 5:00 to 7:00pm, showcasing the newest chapter of Lavar Munroe’s exhibition, entitled “Return: The Magic Flight” and Jonathan Bethel’s Project Space Exhibition “Elemental.” There will also be a screening of the film Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, in Fiona’s Theatre at 7:00pm.

Description of the 2018 Creative Time Summit (from press release): Functioning as a roving platform, The Summit brings together artists, activists, and other thought leaders engaging with today’s most pressing issues. Presenting a critical range of perspectives, The Summit provides strategies for social change in local and global contexts.

Titled “On Archipelagos and Other Imaginaries—Collective Strategies to Inhabit the World”, it takes coalition as a central theme, and utilises the archipelago as a framework to delve into Miami’s historical connection to the Caribbean and, by extension, to Latin America and the entire world. Over 80 speakers will engage with themes including immigration and borders, climate realities, notions of intersectional justice, gentrification, tourism as an enabler for neocolonialism, and the roles art and activism can play in all these pressing issues. This year’s speakers include Haitian-American author and MacArthur “Genius” Edwidge Danticat, philosopher Timothy Morton, writer Vijay Prashad, artist Zach Blas, curator Elvis Fuentes and Cuban-born artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons.

Launched in New York City in 2009, the Creative Time Summit was the first major international platform for socially engaged art, and has since grown to encompass an expanded field – featuring a range of multidisciplinary practices from music to policy making. To date, the Summit has hosted over 10,000 live attendees and hundreds of luminaries on its stage, including legendary art critic Lucy Lippard, Academy Award winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, MacArthur “Genius” award winning contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, multidisciplinary Russian collective Chto Delat? (What is to be Done?), #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, renowned scholar, literary theorist, and feminist critic Gayatri Spivak.

For more information, see https://nagb.org.bs/events/2018/11/1/creative-time-summit-extended-viewing-hours

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