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Visual Arts Travel Excursion: Jacob Lawrence "Lines of Influence" at SCAD Museum of Art

When we received the postcard from SCAD Museum of Art about this group exhibition to commemorate the centennial celebration of the birth of acclaimed painter, storyteller, educator and chronicler of the mid-20th-century African American experience, Jacob Lawrence; we knew it was the perfect opportunity for a Hammonds House Museum Visual Arts Travel Excursion. Join us on Saturday, October 28 as we travel to Savannah, GA to view Jacob Lawrence "Lines of Influence".  

We will spend the day travelling to Savannah to view the exhibition, enjoying a leisurely lunch on Savannah's Riverfront and taking some time to explore the district on your own. Transport will depart Atlanta from Hammonds House Museum at 7:00 AM and return to Atlanta at 8 PM. Trip cost is $135.00 per person. Seating is limited. The cost includes round trip transportation from Atlanta to Savannah, SCAD Museum of Art admission, transfer from the museum to the riverfront and a pre-trip lecture. Lunch is not included. Book by October 9, 2017!  

Jacob Lawrence, "The Card Game," tempera on board, 19" x 23½", 1953. 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

Jacob Lawrence, "The Card Game," tempera on board, 19" x 23½", 1953. 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

About the Exhibition
"Lines of Influence" features a diverse selection of historical and contemporary artists in a multifaceted experience spanning three galleries within the museum. The first section of the exhibition, "Relations," details how mentors, historically important artists, contemporaries and the artist’s inner circle impacted his practice. Though Lawrence arrived at his distinctive formal language early in his career, the engagements that shaped his personal and professional life remain evident. As such, the exhibition eschews chronologies and focuses on the intimate relations inside and outside of the studio with artists and artwork that contributed to his oeuvre.

Artists of relevance include Josef Albers, Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, José Clemente Orozco, Stuart Davis, George Grosz, Marsden Hartley, Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, Horace Pippin, Diego Rivera and Augusta Savage among others.

The exhibition’s second section, "Legacy," explores Lawrence’s own influence on contemporary artists who share similar formal and conceptual strategies and themes, and includes commissioned works by artists strongly influenced and inspired by Lawrence such as Derrick Adams, Meleko Mokgosi, Barbara Earl Thomas and Hank Willis Thomas. Other artists included in this section are Faith Ringgold, Jack Whitten, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Sanford Biggers and Kara Walker, among others.

The curatorial approach emphasizes a contextually rich and widespread ground for the reading of Lawrence’s work. During his lifetime, Lawrence occupied an interstitial position in the art world. He was considered both an insider and outsider, caught in a racially divided environment and edged to the margins of American modernism despite significant early exhibitions at renowned institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and features in national press outlets. This exhibition will make strides to unravel such categorizations.