Join EPMA for a lecture on the life and work of Jacob Lawrence, one of the most important African American artists of the twentieth century, by renowned African American art historian Dr. Leslie King-Hammond. Dr. King-Hammond will lead us through the world of Lawrence (b. 1917 Atlantic City, d. 2000 Seattle), whose paintings chronicled the lives and exploits of African American leaders and heroes. In 1938, in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance, Lawrence completed his first series, forty-one paintings about the Haitian Revolution. In the last decades of his life, the artist returned to the subject, and produced the suite of fifteen extraordinary prints that are the subject of EPMA’s exhibition of artworks from the Collection of Harriet and Harmon Kelley. To celebrate Lawrence’s exhibition and Black History Month, join EPMA for a lecture by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond.
Dr. King-Hammond is an artist, curator, and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she served as Dean of Graduate Studies. She was president of the College Art Association from 1996 to 1998 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Alain Locke International Prize. Dr. King-Hammond’s many exhibitions and related catalogues include Celebration: Myth and Ritual in African American Art (Studio Museum, Harlem, 1982) and Three Generations of African American Women Artists: A Study of Paradox (Smithsonian, Center for African American History and Culture, 1998). Dr. King-Hammond contributed an essay to Over The Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence (University of Washington, 2000) the definitive monograph on Jacob Lawrence.
Lecture: 2 PM With Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, Professor Emerita, Maryland Institute College of Art
Reception: 3 PM
Special invitation to members but open to the public.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.
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