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History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence

August 03 through October 27, 2019

On view in the Atrium, Blackmon, Goldman, Richard, Rushton, and Weil Galleries

Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000), Forward Together, 1997, silk screen on Rising two-ply rag paper through hand-cut film stencils, AP 1/16, edition of 125, 11 PP, 8 CP, 9 WP, © 2019 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Overview

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence provides a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence’s (1917–2000) printmaking oeuvre, featuring more than 90 works produced from 1963 to 2000. The exhibition explores three major themes that occupied the artist’s graphic works.

Lawrence started exploring printmaking as an already well-established artist. Printmaking suited his bold formal and narrative style exceptionally well. The relationship between his painting and printmaking were intertwined, with the artist revisiting and remaking earlier paintings as prints. The inherent multiplicity of this medium provided an opportunity for the artist to reach broader audiences.

Lawrence was primarily concerned with the narration of African-American experiences and histories. His acute observations of community life, work, struggle, and emancipation during his lifetime were rendered alongside vividly imagined chronicles of the past. The past and present in his practice are intrinsically linked, providing insight into the social, economic, and political realities that continue to impact and shape contemporary society today.

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Tuesday, September 17, 24, and October 1; Noon
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Friday, September 20 and 27; 1–4 PM
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Thursday, September 26; 4 PM
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Organizer

This Exhibition is organized by the SCAD Museum of Art and is made possible with support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation.

Exhibition preview

Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000), Stained Glass Windows, 2000, silkscreen on paper, 32” x 25”, © 2019 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000), Forest Creatures, 1969, etching and drypoint on wove paper, edition of 28, image: 9 3/4 x 13 5/8”; paper: 18 ¾ x 22 1/4”. © 2019 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000), Two Rebels, 1963, lithograph on Rives paper from a plate hand-drawn by the artist, 30 x 20 1/8”. © 2019 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Featured image:

Installation of the exhibition "History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence" at SCADMOA. Photography courtesy of SCAD Museum of Art.