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.
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.
Lecture + Opening Reception
Thursday, August 1; 6 PM
Sunday, August 11; 2–4 PM
Thursday, September 5; 5:30 PM
Tuesday, September 17, 24, and October 1; Noon
Friday, September 20 and 27; 1–4 PM
Thursday, September 26; 4 PM
Art Ed Central
Thursday, September 26; 4:30 PM
Thursday, October 10; 5:30–7:30 PM
Prints from the Student Art Collection
August 10 through September 22, 2019
Life in Pictures
September 28 through November 15, 2019
This Exhibition is organized by the SCAD Museum of Art and is made possible with support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation.
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
Installation of the exhibition "History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence" at SCADMOA. Photography courtesy of SCAD Museum of Art.