The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
January 14 – March 18, 2016
The international traveling exhibition EN MAS: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean will make its way to the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) in January 2016. EN MAS’ is a pioneering exploration of the influences of Carnival on contemporary performance practices in the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. EN MAS’ takes a look at the history of performance that does not take place on the stage or in the gallery, but rather in the streets, addressing not the few but the many. The exhibition introduces performance art with a focus on the influence that Carnival and related masquerading traditions in and of the Caribbean and its Diasporas have had on contemporary performance discourse and practice, in both the artistic and curatorial realms.
“Carnival has a long history in our islands and we are excited to host EN MAS’ as the first venue on its regional tour. The nine artists featured in the exhibition have created a series of contemporary performances that draw on the tradition of carnival as a vehicle for social commentary, while bringing contemporary performance practice into wider public arena. We hope the exhibition will be well received by our diverse audiences and that it will encourage dialogue about the role that carnival can play in contemporary Caymanian art practice.” – Natalie Urquhart, NGCI Director.
Program of Events
January 15 – March 26, 2016
Family Pop-Up station
Fun family activities for all ages!
January 15 until March 26
An interactive family pop-up station designed specifically for the EN MAS’ exhibition will accompany the artists’ work. Students will learn about the history of carnival and get creative with free hands-on activities. Self-guided tour packs can also be collected at reception for families to use as they explore the temporary exhibition.
Caribbean-style Family Day
Saturday, January 23, 10 am to 5 pm
Join the NGCI Education Department for free family fun art activities based on the EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean. Activity sheets and art materials will be available for children of all ages, and self-guided tour packs can be collected in the gallery for families to use as they explore the temporary exhibition. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase in the Art Café.
EY’s Art Talk for Older Adults
Monday, February 1; Monday, March 7, 10 am to 11 am
The EY Art Talk is open to the public and facilitates seniors’ creative contributions to their communities, while improving their health and strengthening their sense of well-being. Free coffee, tea and snacks are provided for seniors (over 55yrs). Doors open at 9:00am for games and time to socialise before starting a guided tour and group discussion at 10:15am.
Friends of Film Tour
Thursday, February 4, 6 pm to 8 pm
NGCI welcomes film professionals and film enthusiasts for a free tour of the temporary exhibition EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean. The tour will be followed by a group discussion with Friends of Film (FoF) in the NGCI Art Studio. Friends of Film is a diverse group of film professionals dedicated to motion picture production in the Cayman Islands. All are welcome and admission is free.
CineClub Movie screening – “Black Orpheus”
Thursday, February 11
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Black Orpheus (Portuguese: Orfeu Negro) is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus and starring Marpessa Dawn and Breno Mello. It is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição by Vinicius de Moraes, which is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval. The film was an international co-production between production companies in Brazil, France and Italy.
The film is particularly noted for its soundtrack by two Brazilian composers: Antônio Carlos Jobim, whose song “A felicidade” opens the film; and Luiz Bonfá, whose “Manhã de Carnaval” and “Samba of Orpheus” have become bossa nova classics. The songs sung by the character Orfeu were dubbed by singer Agostinho dos Santos.
Garden Lunch and Guided tours
Thursday, February 18; Wednesday, March 16
Lecture begins at 12pm and lunch is served until 2pm
Go behind-the-scenes with NGCI Assistant Curator, Kerri- Anne Chishlom who will discuss how the exhibition EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean was developed and explain the themes and fascinating stories behind the contemporary work. The tour is free and open to the public and will be followed by a delicious garden lunch inspired by the flavors and eclectic style of New Orleans cuisine. Lunch will be served by the NGCI Art Café in the gardens between 12:30 noon and 2:00 pm. Reservations are recommended for groups of four or more.
Cayman Arts Festival Musical Performance
Wednesday, February 24
Concert begins at 6 pm, doors open at 5 pm
Celebrate the sounds of African and Caribbean music as the Cayman Arts Festival showcases the musical talents of Woz Kaly, member of the Mokhtar Samba Band, and local artist Beneil Miller. Gallery doors open at 5 pm and the 45-minute performance in the Sculpture Garden will begin at 6 pm, giving visitors an opportunity to view the exhibition. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.
Red Sky at Night Afterhours
Saturday, February 27
4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
In celebration of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Red Sky at Night the National Gallery will be open to the public for a late night viewing of the exhibition.
Late night - Brought to you by the Butterfield Young Patrons’ Circle
Friday, March 11
5 pm to 10 pm
The National Gallery will be open to the public for a late night viewing of the exhibition EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean. Admission is free and all are welcome. Fun, art and networking with like-minded individuals with an eye for arts and culture, brought to you by The Butterfield Young Patrons’ Circle (YPC). For more details or to talk anything YPC please get in touch by emailing YPC@ nationalgallery.org.ky
The History of Carnival, Special Lecture with Henry Muttoo
Thursday, March 24
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Doors open 5:00 PM
Learn about the fascinating and complex history of Caribbean Carnival with the Artistic Director of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, Henry Muttoo. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Free Youth Tours for All Ages
Guided Tour by Appointment
January 15 until March 26, 2016
Free guided tours of the temporary exhibition EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean – are available for students of all ages at the National Gallery. Students will discuss the exhibition and get hands-on with interactive activity sheets. Topics covered include art, social studies, narratives, literacy and numeracy. For information or to book a tour contact NGCI
For more information and a complete list of events and programs scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition, visit the NGCI website, here.