David C. Driskell Center

Jacob Lawrence:
Prints, 1963-2000 A Comprehensive Survey

Thursday, November 11 - Friday, December 17, 2010


Jacob Lawrence: Prints, 1963 – 2000, A Comprehensive Survey, which features more than 70 prints, opening on Thursday, November 11, 2010, with an opening reception from 5-7 PM, and will remain on view until December 17, 2010. The Gallery will be open two additional Saturdays, November 13 and December 11, 2010 from 11am - 4pm.

The exhibition, organized by DC Moore Gallery in New York City, offers a thorough examination of Lawrence’s prints, highlighting his artistic development over nearly forty years. One of the best-known twentieth century African American painters, Lawrence produced a body of prints that is both highly dramatic and intensely personal. The works presented in the exhibition depict the life of African Americans and often address themes of joy and suffering, equality and struggle, as well as justice, hope, and aspiration. By harmonizing diverse imagery, ranging from protests to genre scenes, with a bold and dynamic style, Lawrence created a body of work that comments on the life experience of African Americans as a community. Included in the exhibition are works from three major print series – The Legend of John Brown, Eight Studies for the Book of Genesis, and General Toussaint L’Ouverture – All of which highlight the importance of narrative in Lawrence’s body of work. Also included are prints, such as Carpenters and Builders, which underscore Lawrence’s fascination with work and tools while also framing the body itself as a tool.

The Phillips Collection has developed a Teach with Jacob Lawrence and the Migration Series kit for teachers. For more information about this tool kit, visit The Phillips Collection.