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The SCAD Museum of Art Celebrates the Legacy of Jacob Lawrence

SCAD commemorates the centennial of the artist’s birth with a landmark group exhibition, on view through February 4, 2018.

Jacob Lawrence, “The Card Game” (1953), tempera on board, 19 x 23.5 inches, gift of Dr. Walter O. and Mrs. Linda J. Evans, SCAD Museum of Art permanent collection (© 2017 Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society, New York)

SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, presents Jacob Lawrence: Lines of Influence, a group exhibition in two parts, commemorating the centennial of the birth of acclaimed painter, storyteller, educator, and chronicler of the mid-20th-century American experience, Jacob Lawrence.

The first section, “Relations,” traces some of the engagements that shaped Lawrence’s personal and professional life. His work is presented in dialogue with that of contemporaries, mentors, and historically significant artists including Josef Albers, Charles Alston, Romare Bearden, Francisco José de Goya, José Clemente Orozco, Marsden Hartley, George Grosz, Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, Horace Pippin, Augusta Savage, and others.

“Legacy” explores Lawrence’s influence on artists living and working today, including commissioned works by Derrick Adams, Aaron Fowler, Meleko Mokgosi, Barbara Earl Thomas, and Hank Willis Thomas. Works by Nina Chanel Abney, Sanford Biggers, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, and Jack Whitten are also featured. The exhibition is accompanied by a reception October 19 and a symposium October 19-20.

Jacob Lawrence: Lines of Influence is generously supported by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation and the Ford Foundation. The exhibition is curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD head curator, with assistance from Amanda York, SCAD assistant curator.

Jacob Lawrence: Lines of Influence continues at the SCAD Museum of Art (601 Turner Blvd., Savannah, Georgia) through February 4, 2018.