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Three Series of Prints by Jacob Lawrence: Three Series of Prints - Genesis, Hiroshima, and Toussaint L'Ouverture
January 1 - March 31 2004
The Museum of Texas Tech University is presenting the exhibition, Jacob Lawrence: Three Series of Prints - Genesis, Hiroshima, and Toussaint L'Ouverture, in Gallery 3, located at 3301 Fourth Street.
Jacob Lawrence features 44 works including 31 color prints and 13 text pages from the three series. The exhibition is curated by Peter Nesbett, editor of Jacob Lawrence: The Complete Prints (1963-2000) / The Catalogue Raisonne and executive director of the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation. The works come from the collection of Alitash Kebede of Los Angeles, California.
Jacqueline Bober, curator of art at the Museum of TTU, said, "The Museum is pleased to bring to the Lubbock community this exhibition. Opening in conjunction with the celebration of Martin Luther King Day and on display for the duration of Black History Month, the exhibition features powerful examples of Lawrence's social commentary in silkscreen print format."
Ms. Bober continued, "Audiences will find Lawrence's art reaches across social and racial boundaries to deliver thought-provoking commentary on relevant issues, both historic and more contemporary in nature. The Museum is fortunate to host an exhibition displaying the work of a renowned artist such as Jacob Lawrence."
Since his first published print in 1963, Jacob Lawrence has produced a body of prints that is both highly dramatic and intensely personal. In his graphic work, Lawrence has turned to the lessons of history and to his own experience. From depictions of civil rights confrontations to scenes of daily life, these images present a vision of a universal struggle toward unity and equality, deeply seated in the human consciousness.
Lawrence was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1917, and passed his formative years in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. In the mid-1930s he took art classes sponsored by the College Art Association and the WPA at the Harlem Community Art Center and, following a two-year scholarship to the American Artists School, worked in the easel division of the Federal Art Project. In 1941, Lawrence became the first African-American artist included in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modem Art, where he had a one-man exhibition in 1944. He lived and worked in New York City, teaching at numerous schools and universities until 1971, when he accepted a full-time faculty appointment at the University of Washington in Seattle, from which he retired as professor emeritus in 1983.
Jacob Lawrence received numerous awards and honors, including the National Medal of Arts (1990), the NAACP Annual Great Black Artists Award (1988), and the Spingarn Medal (1970). His work has been the subject of several major retrospective shows that have traveled nationally, originating in 1986 at Seattle Art Museum, in 1974 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and in 1960 at the Brooklyn Museum.
The following are statements by the artist and from the catalogue about the three print series featured in the exhibition:
From the Catalogue Raisionne:
The exhibition and museum tour are organized by Landau
Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles. The exhibition is free to the public.
The main Museum complex is located on the SE corner of 4th Street and Indiana Avenue, across from the TTU Health Sciences Center and UMC Hospital, at Fourth Street & Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, Texas.
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