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History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence

One of the most important American artists of the 20th century, Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) is widely known for his modernist depictions of everyday life as well as epic narratives of African-American history.

Community life, work, struggle, and emancipation, as well as the dynamic city life of Harlem during his lifetime, are vividly represented in these works alongside chronicles of the past, providing insight into the social, economic, and political realities that continue to impact and shape contemporary society today.

Featuring more than 90 works produced from 1963 to 2000, this exhibition explores three major themes of Lawrence’s larger practice and provides a comprehensive overview of Lawrence’s printmaking oeuvre.

History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence is curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, Savannah College of Art and Design (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 Knight Lawrence Foundation.

Relevant research areas: North America, 20th Century, Screenprinting

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