SCAD Museum of Art Opens "The Centennial of Jacob Lawrence"
“The human subject is the most important thing. My work is abstract in the sense of having been designed and composed, but it is not abstract in the sense of having no human content. I want to communicate. I want the idea to strike right away.” Jacob Lawrence, indeed, strikes—like lightning—with the use of riveting color, injecting pathos and vibration into scenes of everyday life. He also heated up and served history with a sequence of paintings like Hiroshima, The Migration of the Negro, and War Series. In honor of the centennial of Lawrence’s birth, the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art presents Lines of Influence, appropriately showing not only painters like Josef Albers and Marsden Hartley, who inspired the Harlem-bred artist, the first African-American to be represented by a major gallery, but also contemporaries like Hank Willis Thomas and Kara Walker, who reference him in their work.September 21, 2017