Exhibition tour, lecture and lunch at National Gallery

The National Gallery has a free tour lined up on Thursday. - Photo: Steven Clarke

The National Gallery will hold a guided tour and garden lunch on Thursday beginning at noon.

National Gallery assistant curator Kerri-Anne Chishlom will discuss how the gallery’s current international traveling exhibition, “EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” was developed, and explain the themes and fascinating stories behind the contemporary work.

The gallery notes that the exhibition, organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, and Independent Curators International, New York, is a pioneering exploration of the influences of carnival on contemporary performance practices in the Caribbean, North America, and Europe.

“Conceived around a series of commissioned performances across six different countries, the exhibition considers the connections between carnival and performance, masquerade and social criticism, diaspora and trans-nationalism,” the gallery states on its website.

The tour is free and open to the public, followed by a garden lunch inspired by the flavors and eclectic style of New Orleans cuisine served by the Art Café in the gardens between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended for groups of four or more. Email [email protected] or call 945-8111 for more information.