Jacob Lawrence, “The Seamstress,” 1946

Between Form and Content

Jacob Lawrence, “The Seamstress,” 1946

Perspectives on Jacob Lawrence and Black Mountain College, curated by Julie Levin Caro and Jeff Arnal.

One of the most widely regarded American artists of the 20th century, Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) is known for his paintings, drawings, and prints that hover between abstraction and socially inspired narrative realism, chronicling African-American history and experience during his lifetime.

Between Form and Content is the very first exhibition to focus on Lawrence’s experiences during the summer of 1946, when Josef Albers invited Lawrence to teach painting at Black Mountain College. In addition to Lawrence’s paintings, the exhibition features artworks by Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence, Josef and Anni Albers, Leo Amino, Jean Varda, Ruth Asawa, Ray Johnson, and Beaumont and Nancy Newhall. The exhibit also examines Lawrence’s paintings, pedagogy, and legacy in a contemporary context, through the lens of four multimedia artists: animator/filmmaker Martha Colburn, composer/performer Tyondai Braxton, installation artist Grace Villamil, and writer and interdisciplinary artist Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture).

Between Form and Content is on display through January 12, 2019 at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 120 College Street, Asheville. Visit www.blackmountaincollege.org.

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