[Blackstudies-l] Art of Jacob Lawrence revisits Haitian revolution

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Sun Jul 2 15:16:34 EDT 2017


lisaparavisini posted: " The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University
is currently celebrating the centenary of artist Jacob Lawrence’s birth and
his artistic contributions with its latest exhibit, To Preserve Their
Freedom: Jacob Lawrence's Toussaint L'Ouverture Serigraph "
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The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University is currently celebrating
the centenary of artist Jacob Lawrence’s birth and his artistic
contributions with its latest exhibit
<https://news.tulane.edu/news/art-jacob-lawrence-revisits-haitian-revolution>
, *To Preserve Their Freedom: Jacob Lawrence's Toussaint L'Ouverture
Serigraph Series.*

In 1938, Lawrence, a 21-year-old graduate of the American Artist School in
New York, completed his first major series. Named for the legendary Haitian
leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, who helped to emancipate Haiti from Spanish
and French rule, the series catapulted Lawrence into the national
spotlight. The 41-panel Toussaint L’Ouverture Series was steeped in
modernism, but blends elements of expressionism and cubism. The  series
bears several influences. With an air of monumentalism and an epic show of
struggle against oppression, the Toussaint L’Ouverture Series reflects the
hallmarks of Mexican Muralists and Social Realists.

According to art historian Krista A. Thompson, “Haiti was in the
imaginations of many African American artists throughout the 1920s and
1930s, a period that coincided with the U.S. occupation of the island.” Her
assertion is evidenced by the work of visual and literary artists of the
period such as Langston Hughes, Lois Mailou Jones and William Edouard Scott.

“Haiti was in the imaginations of many African American artists throughout
the 1920s and 1930s, a period that coincided with the U.S. occupation of
the island.”

Krista A. Thompson, historian

Lawrence subsequently reimagined his original 41 panels as 15 dynamic
serigraphs, which illustrate Lawrence’s ingenious use of color, angled
lines, stark figures and his command of composition. This exhibition of the
Toussaint L’Ouverture limited edition print series is a testament to
Lawrence’s dexterity as an artist and his mastery of historical narrative.

Accompanying the prints are materials drawn from Amistad’s various
collections that illustrate how Lawrence, as well as other African American
artists and writers, imagined Toussaint L’Ouverture and other leaders of
the Haitian Revolution.

The exhibition is on display in the center’s mezzanine exhibition gallery
now through Aug. 31 from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, and 9 a.m.–1
p.m., Saturdays. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
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