These days, I go to the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) when there are public events and as a result, I visit only very rarely. I actually visited twice since the start of the year, very briefly for the opening of the Art of Reggae exhibition on February 19, and for a longer visit two... Continue Reading →
Provocations: What about the Kingston Biennial?
Some time in late 2018, the National Gallery of Jamaica decided to cancel the Jamaica Biennial, of which two editions had been held, in 2014 and 2017. The Jamaica Biennial was the re-conceptualized successor to the National Biennial and, before that, the Annual National Exhibitions. While still hamstrung by the expectations and entitlements that had... Continue Reading →
Parochialism or Inclusiveness? The Inaugural NGJ Summer Exhibition – Part II
Katrina Coombs - Golden Flow This is part two of a two-part post. The first part can be found here. Taking a closer look at the NGJ Summer Exhibition reveals a few pleasant surprises but also pulls the exhibition’s weaknesses and failings into sharper perspective. Perhaps the most outstanding work in the exhibition is Lucille... Continue Reading →
Parochialism or Inclusiveness? The Inaugural NGJ Summer Exhibition – Part I
This is the first of a two-part post on the National Gallery of Jamaica Summer Exhibition. Part 2, which takes a closer look at the exhibition itself, can be found here. Having worked in curatorial positions in a museum context, at the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ), for the better part of my thirty-five years... Continue Reading →