History, Labor, Life:
The Prints of Jacob Lawrence

February 13 – August 5, 2018

This exhibition provides an overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000). 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 work are intrinsically linked, providing insight into the social, economic and political realities that continue to impact and shape contemporary society today. 

Featuring more than 90 works produced between 1963 and 2000, the exhibition focuses on his graphic work and explores three major themes of his printmaking oeuvre. Lawrence’s recording and recollection of African-American and larger African diasporic histories are featured, as well as his vivid observations of dynamic city life in Harlem, New York City. Works in the exhibition include significant complete print portfolios, such as the “Toussaint L’Ouverture” series, as well as “The Legend of John Brown” series, amongst others.

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence is curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD head curator of exhibitions. The exhibition is organized by the SCAD Museum of Art and is made possible with support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation.

This exhibition is sponsored locally by Michael and Donna Singer, Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis, Jr., the Harn Program Endowment, Kenneth and Laura Berns, and Visit Gainesville with additional support from friends of the Harn Museum of Art.

 

Family Day

Saturday, June 9, 1 - 4 pm

Enjoy a family-friendly tour of the exhibition. Then, learn the tools of printmaking and make a print with bold colors that tells a story. This program is ideal for families with children ages 5 - 11, but all ages are welcome.

Curriculum Guide

for Educators

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence Curriculum Resource Guide was created by Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to provide exercises based on National Core Arts Standards and to support educators, both within the museum’s exhibition spaces and in their classrooms.

This guide provides learning exercises to explore the life and work of Jacob Lawrence, whose artistic dedication to the themes of social and historical consciousness, community and aspiration have a special resonance for educators and students alike. Lawrence’s prints provide the basis for activities that encourage students to examine, evaluate and create art, while providing cross-disciplinary links to mathematics, language arts and history. To find additional educator resource guides created related to other Harn Museum collections and exhibitions, visit our K-12 Educator’s Page.

Programs

 

Family Day
Saturday, June 9
1 - 4 pm

Museum Nights
Thursday, July 12
6 - 9 pm

 

PAST EVENTS

Member pARTy
Friday, Feb. 16
6 - 8:30 pm

Educator Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 21
2 - 4:30 pm

Community Kick-Off
Saturday, Feb. 24
11 am - 3 pm

Curator Talk
Saturday, Feb. 24
3 pm

HESCAH Lecture
Friday, Mar. 30
6 pm

Gallery Conversation
Sunday, Apr. 8
3 pm

Museum Nights
Thursday, Apr. 12
6 - 9 pm

Theatrical Performance
Sunday, Apr. 15
3 pm

Gallery Talk
Sunday, Apr. 22
3 pm

Image Credits: 
Slide1
Images (left to right): Jacob Lawrence, People in Other Rooms (Harlem Street Scene), 1975. Silk screen on wove paper through hand-cut film stencils, On loan from the SCAD Museum of Art and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation
Jacob Lawrence, General Toussaint L'Ouverture, 1986, Silk screen on Bainbridge two-ply rag paper, through hand-cut film and brushed-lacquer stencils, On loan from the SCAD Museum of Art and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation 
Jacob Lawrence, And God brought forth the firmament and the waters, from the Eight Studies for the Book of Genesis series, 1989–1990, Silk screen prints Whatman Print Matte paper, through hand-color-separated photo stencils, On loan from the SCAD Museum of Art and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation  
Slide 2
Images (left to right): Jacob Lawrence, Play, 1999, Silk screen, On loan from the SCAD Museum of Art and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation
Jacob Lawrence, The Builders (Family), silkscreen on paper, 34” x 25.75”, 1974. © 2018 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
 
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