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El Paso Museum of Art to Celebrate Black History Month with Lecture

As part of Black History Month, the El Paso Museum of Art welcomes the public to enjoy a lecture and reception on the life of African-American artist, Jacob Lawrence at 2 p.m. on February 23 at the museum.

The event is related to the exhibit Jacob Lawrence’s: “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution that is on view through February 27 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Galley at the museum.

The exhibit comes from the Collection of Harriet and Harmon Kelley and features 15 prints that Lawrence produced from his first series about the Haitian Revolution.

Art historian, Dr. Leslie King-Hammond will lead audiences through the world of Jacob Lawrence as he chronicled the lives and exploits of African American leaders and heroes.

Dr. Leslie King-Hammond brings her experiences as an artist, curator and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art to EPMA.

Dr. King-Hammond produced many exhibitions and catalogues that include Celebration: Myth and Ritual in African American Art (Studio Museum, Harlem, 1982).

In addition, she has also contributed an essay to Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence, the definitive monograph on Jacob Lawrence.

Museum visitors can discover, learn, and consider Jacob Lawrence’s skill at addressing racial inequality through image.

For more information on the lecture, visit the El Paso Museum of Art online.

EPMA Hosts Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution Exhibit

Starting October 31, the public is invited to the Museum of Art to view the new exhibit Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution.

The exhibition feature’s signature works of art by Lawrence and comes from the collection of Harriet and Harmon Kelley. Fifteen silkscreen prints that trace revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture’s journey from birth to commander will be displayed.

The prints were distilled from more than 41 panels that Lawrence used to describe social injustice.

“The print series are by one of the United States most significant and revered African-American artists from the 20th-century, and in them, Lawrence examines the African Diaspora and its violent effects, an issue which is very much present today,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Victoria Ramirez.

Three years after graduating from the American Artist School in New York, Lawrence commenced his most well-known series that comprised painted panels about the Great Migration.

Yet, his first series following Haiti’s fight for independence and the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, a slave turned revolutionary leader, was when Lawrence developed his signature approach.

Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution is supplemented with the following programming:

  • Exhibition celebration honoring Harriet and Harmon Kelley: Saturday, December 8, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Art Talk, El Paso Museum of Art, Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m. EPMA Curator Dr. Kate Green.

The exhibit runs through February and is free and open to the public.

Support for this exhibit is provided by Texas Commission on the Arts. Educational programming for this exhibit is supported in part by Texas Women for the Arts.

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