Contemporary Jamaican Art, circa 1962 | circa2012
July 12th – September 8th, 2012
There will also be a FREE bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W., Toronto) at 6 p.m. to the Reception. Bus returns at 8 p.m.
The exhibition is guest curated by Dr. Veerle Poupeye, Executive Director at the National Gallery of Jamaica. The exhibition explores changing ideas about art in Jamaica from the period from Independence in 1962 to the present day, placed in the context of broader developments in Jamaican culture and society. Poupeye has curated juxtaposing work that was produced by influential Jamaican artists in the period around Independence with groundbreaking national artists of the early 21st century. The exhibition presents a "then" and "now" view of Jamaican art.
"In showcasing and sharing some of the best of Jamaica's artistic patrimony we hope to engage our fellow Canadians in a different dialogue about what Jamaica is and who Jamaicans are. Art is a form of communication that is inclusive and has the capacity to break down barriers." Paula de Ronde, Art & Literature Chair, Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc.
The exhibition features works by some of Jamaica's most well known artists of the 1962 era such as Edna Manley, Barrington Watson, Albert Huie, Mallica "Kapo" Reynolds and Laura Facey.
"It is an honour for the AGM to take part in this important 50th Anniversary exhibition celebrating Jamaican independence. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to connect and learn from the plurality of artistic visions from such a multi-faceted culture as Jamaica. Mississauga is a multi-cultural community – what a fantastic venue to showcase Jamaican art to the region!" Robert Freeman, Executive Director, Art Gallery of Mississauga.
The exhibition is presented by Jamaica 50 Celebration Inc., in collaboration with the National Gallery of Jamaica, hosted at the Art Gallery of Mississauga with the assistance of the Mississauga Arts Council.
Guest Curated by Dr. Veerle Poupeye
Executive Director, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
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M, T, W, F 10-5 Thurs 10-8 Sat, Sun 12-4
Contact: Stuart Keeler – Curator & Director of Programmes
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