Discover the influence and cultural impact of painter Jacob Lawrence’s life’s work
Jacob Lawrence, “New York in Transit I,” 1998, silkscreen, edition of 50 with 5 AP, © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
“If at times my artworks do not express the conventionally beautiful, there is always an effort to express the universal beauty of man’s continuous struggle to lift his social position and to add dimension to his spiritual being.”
— Jacob Lawrence, 1970
SCAD Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, presents a scholarly symposium centered on the influence, scope and cultural impact of Jacob Lawrence’s life’s work. The symposium brings together established and emerging Lawrence scholars and artists who studied with Lawrence or whose work is influenced by his legacy to participate in a daylong series of paper presentations and roundtable discussions, which will inform and shape a 2017 traveling exhibition during the year of the artist’s centenary.
Coinciding with this significant event, SCAD Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Jacob Lawrence prints, “History, Labor, Life,” in the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies, curated by van Rensburg.
Jacob Lawrence’s Artistic Legacy: Artists Speak
Steven Nelson, Ph.D. (MODERATOR)
Director of the African Studies Center and Professor of African and African American Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles
Derrick Adams, Artist
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Artist
Meleko Mokgosi, Artist
Barbara Earl Thomas, Artist
Opening Reception: History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence
Daily admission to the museum is free for all SCAD students, faculty, staff and museum members. Symposium discussions are open to the public with the cost of museum admission.
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