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Walking Tour: Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle at the Met

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Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle (June 2, 2020 through September 7, 2020) will feature the rarely seen series of paintings from the mid-1950s by the iconic American modernist.  Originally conceived as a series of sixty 12-by-16-inch tempera-on-board paintings, spanning subjects from the American Revolution to World War I, the paintings were intended to depict "the struggles of a people to create a nation and their attempt to build a democracy."  Lawrence planned to publish his ambitious project in book form. In the end, he completed thirty panels representing historical moments from 1775 through 1817 — from Patrick Henry to Westward Expansion. The finished works are titled rhetorically, attributed with quotations that emphasize America's early fight for independence and expansionism, as well as oft-overlooked contributions of women and people of color.  This more inclusive representation of the nation's past is no less relevant today, and Lawrence's prescient visual reckoning with American history remains profoundly resonant with ongoing issues and debates regarding race and national identity.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Page Knox 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/9/2020 - 7/9/2020 Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art  Map Page Knox