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September 16, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: Jacob Lawrence's Struggle Series

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Erica Harper, educator at the Phillips Collection in DC returns! Grab your lunch, log onto Zoom, and learn about another series painted by one of the biggest artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

Register through Zoom.

In 1949, seven years after a meteoric rise to national attention with his epic Migration Series, the leading American painter Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000), began research at the New York Public Library for a new series. At the launch of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Lawrence sought to visualize a more integrated American history through word and image. For more than five years, he read and researched. Then, in May 1954, just as the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to end racial segregation in public schools, he began to paint the first of 30 panels that would comprise Struggle: From the History of the American People. Over the course of the next two years, Lawrence interpreted pivotal moments from the American Revolution and the early decades of the republic between 1770 and 1817, as a series of clashing angular patterns of color and form. His goal was to revive the combined struggles of the founding fathers and underrepresented historical figures as an integral part of the ongoing story of creating an American democracy—for his day and for future generations.

Hosted by Wilmington Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Memorial Hall Library & others.