JACOB LAWRENCE An Intimate Portrait



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Learn more about one of America’s foremost artists
Who is Jacob Lawrence and what influenced his style?

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University of Washington, Seattle
Could this be your new alma mater? Check out the university that granted Lawrence the status of Professor Emeritus.

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Gwendolyn Knight
Jacob’s wife, Gwendolyn, was a pioneer and artist in her own right

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Even the best begin with mentors
Augusta Savage was an acccomplished sculptor who won numerous awards for her art. She recieved a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship for her sculpture entitled Gamin, a piece that many describe as her finest work.

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Charles Alston
This Columbia graduate was a supervisor for the Harlem Hospital Center Murals, a Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project. He was also the first African American to teach at the Museum of Modern Art.

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The Hittite Empire
Learn more about Keith Mason, the colorful leader of the Hittite Empire

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Langston Hughes' take on 1920s Harlem
Read what one of the Harlem Renaissance’s greatest figures had to say about Harlem becoming a tourst attraction for white New Yorkers during the 1920s.

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Drop me off in Harlem
Forget six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Discover the connections between the work of famous Harlemites such as Marcus Garvey, Alain Locke, Duke Ellington and Zora Neale Hurston

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Interested in Black culture?
Visit the Schomberg Collection’s online site

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Samella Lewis
Samella Lewis was a teacher at Scripps College from 1969-1984 and the author of the first textbook on African American art history

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Haiti’s Liberator
What did Toussaint look like?
There are no definitive, surviving portraits of Toussaint, so no one knows for sure.

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Arts for NexGen LACMA
Arts for NexGen LACMA is the nation's only free youth membership program! NexGen offers free general admission to anyone 17 and under as well as one accompanying adult. This includes permanent collection galleries and selected special exhibitions.

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1977 Presidential inauguration painting presentation
This link is a transcript of the 1977 Inaugural portfolio presentation.

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Brandeis University
The university where Lawrence served as an artist-in-residence.

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Barbara Thomas
The personal website of Lawrence’s former student

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Do you think the forms are ugly?
Look inside the book to decide for yourself.

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Did Lawrence remember the poem correctly?
If We Must Die by Claude McKay

If we must die--let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursed lot.
If we must die--oh, let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
Oh, Kinsmen! We must meet the common foe;
Though far outnumbered, let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!

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The Migration Series
Explore The Phillips Collection's award winning site devoted to Lawrence's most famous work, The Migration Series If you would like to learn more about the African-American migration from the rural South to the North, check out the National Bestseller The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America by Nicholas Lemann

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Jacob and Gwen
More about the loving couple’s history, artwork and philanthropy from their personal site.

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View more of Jacob Lawrence's work on Collections Online
Visit LACMA's Collections Online to view the bold color in Lawrence's 1974 piece The 1920’s...The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots.

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents the life and art of the great Harlem Renaissance painter
Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) [23:40]

This video is wonderful as a resource for art teachers to use to enhance students' understanding of African American Art and the Harlem Renaissance. I use this to introduce my art lesson - Jacob Lawrence's "Forward" about Harriet Tubman from the NC Museum of Art: http://www.ncmoa.org/artnc/pictures/artifact/full/35.jpg. I wish artbabble would produce something on Romare Bearden. Although Bearden is no longer living, there are many video resources they could incorporate. Bill Land MAEd, NBCT


This a inspiring piece of filmaking!! I met Dr Lawerence years ago in ART school and his insights into art, social struggle and HOW to find one's artistic voice are things I'd NEVER forget.

I was moved by the beauty in this video and I'm so grateful to have learned about artbabble.org, where I enjoyed it. What a rich resource, what incredible inspiration.

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