Presentation of the new book “Love and Responsibility: The Dawn Davies Collection” to the Nassau Public Library
By Nassau Public Library
Jan 4, 2013 - 1:33:24 PM
Pictured from left: Dorcas Bowler, Head Librarian, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Dr. Erica James, Assistant Professor, Yale University; Winifred L. Murphy, Librarian, Nassau Public Library; Dr. Gail Saunders, Board Chair of the Nassau Public Library; and Esther Joy Sargent, Accountant, Nassau Public Library.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
Nassau, Bahamas -
We are pleased to announce the
publication and presentation of the historic book
Love and Responsibility: The Dawn
Davies Collection to the Nassau Public Library.
Love and Responsibility is a full colour, richly illustrated 548 page hardback text
that draws on the extensive art collection of Bahamian art collector Dawn
Davies, to present in a language accessible to all, the history and development
of Bahamian art and visual culture.
It is the first book of its kind
to be produced in the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean, and reveals a rich and
fascinating history too few Bahamians are aware of.
Through a personal essay written
by the collector Dawn Davies and a series of thirty-one essays written by Dr.
Erica James, Assistant Professor of the History of Art and African American
Studies at Yale University and founding director of the National Art Gallery of
The Bahamas, the text explores various themes that are central to the Davies
collection and the story of Bahamian artistic production. It will serve as a
resource for years to come to Bahamians and interested persons far beyond our
Dionne Benjamin Smith, a gifted
graphic artist and a fine artist in her own right designed the book and Mr.
Roland Rose photographed all the artwork reproduced in the text.
The book is a culmination of four
years of hard work and is indicative of Ms. Davies’ unparalleled commitment to
the cultivation and growth of Bahamian art and culture. Its presence in the
holdings of the Nassau Public library will assist in making it accessible to
Love and Responsibility: The Dawn Davies
Collection is also available for purchase at
Doongalik Arts on Village Road and The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas,
West Hill Street. All net proceeds from the text will be donated to the
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
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