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Artist:
Jacob Lawrence, born Atlantic City, NJ 1917-died Seattle, WA 2000  Search this
Medium:
gouache on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 30 x 22 1/8 in. (76.2 x 56.2 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1986
Exhibition Label:
Community celebrates the multivalent character of American life. In the 1980s, Lawrence was one of eight artists commissioned to create works on the theme of community for the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Jamaica, New York. It was an apt subject for Lawrence who frequently acknowledged the value and encouragement of the black community. Walking the streets of Jamaica, Lawrence said, “I was aware of the warmth, rapport, and the exciting movement and counter movements of its many inhabitants. The geometric and organic structures of the doors and various kinds of apparel and facial expressions give an overall special quality to a stimulating and unique environment.”
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Cityscape\New York\New York  Search this
Architecture\industry\construction  Search this
Study  Search this
Cityscape\New York\Jamaica  Search this
Cityscape\New York\Queens  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program
Object number:
1990.36
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1986, Jacob Lawrence
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Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1990.36