The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) invites you to see an exciting exhibition depicting African-American experiences.
The traveling exhibition History, Labor, Life: The Prints of Jacob Lawrence provides a comprehensive overview of influential American artist Jacob Lawrence’s (1917–2000) printmaking collection, featuring more than 90 works produced from 1963 to 2000. The exhibition explores three major themes that occupied the artist’s graphic works.
It opens to the public from August 3, until October 27, 2019.
“We are thrilled to present these compelling and colorful prints by Lawrence, an important American artist. His imagery of everyday scenes depicts both hardship and hope while commenting on the struggle of daily life,” said MMFA Curator Jennifer Jankauskas. Lawrence started exploring printmaking as an already well-established artist. Printmaking suited his bold, formal, and narrative style exceptionally well. The relationship between his painting and printmaking were intertwined, with the artist revisiting and remaking earlier paintings as prints. Lawrence was primarily concerned with the narration of African-American culture and history. His acute observations of community life, work, struggle, and emancipation during his lifetime were rendered alongside vividly imagined chronicles of the past. The past and present in his practice are intrinsically linked, providing insight into the social, economic, and political realities that continue to impact and shape contemporary society today.