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The Haitian Revolution
The Haitian Revolution
February 21, 2019
5 - 6 p

Join us as we celebrate the exhibition, The Haitian Revolution: Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussiant L’Ouverture” Series, enjoy live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by an Art Talk with EPMA Senior Curator, Dr. Kate Green. Discover why Jacob Lawrence, who in the wake of the Harlem Renaissance chronicled the lives and exploits of African-American leaders and heroes, is considered one of America’s most important artists of the twentieth century.

Art Talk: 6 - 7 PM

Special invitation to members but open to the public.

In 1937 twenty-year-old painter Jacob Lawrence (b. 1917 Atlantic City, d. 2000 Seattle) began a series of tempura panels about the Haitian Revolution. Though he would become well-known for a series about the Great Migration commenced three years later, in this first series the recent graduate of the American Artist School in New York developed his signature approach. Over forty-one panels Lawrence tells the story of Haiti’s struggle for independence from France, describing social injustice in a narrative sequential structure accompanied by descriptive titles using jagged forms painted with bold patches of color. In the final decades of his life, Lawrence returned to the “Toussaint L’Ouverture” series, distilling the dozens of original roughly one-foot wide by two-feet tall painted panels into fifteen slightly larger (18 x 28”) silkscreen prints. On view in this exhibition are all fifteen prints, from the Collection of Harriet and Harmon Kelley, which trace L’Ouverture’s trajectory from birth to commander to capture.

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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