Join us for a keynote lecture by Patricia Hills, Ph.D., professor emerita of American and African American Art at Boston University, Massachusetts, featuring an introduction by Holly Goldstein, SCAD professor of art history.
Jacob Lawrence’s art of engagement operated on the formal level by drawing in viewers through the manipulation of line, color blocks, and design. The lecture focuses on the ways his expressive cubism went deeper by engaging viewers — and certainly younger artists—in a content that celebrated the struggles of all peoples to live lives of dignity, compassion, and resistance to oppression.
Patricia Hills is a specialist in the history of American painting, African American art, and art and politics. She has written and published extensively, including criticism, art historical essays, books, and exhibition catalogues on both 19th- and 20th-century American art, including the social history of genre painting, feminist art, African American art, and art and politics. She is the author of Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence," published by the University of California Press (2009).
Hills earned a B.A. degree from Stanford University, an M.A. degree from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She was formerly a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and also served as director of the Boston University Art Galleries.
This lecture is a part of the "Jacob Lawrence: Lines of Influence" symposium, Oct. 19–20. The symposium is free and open to the public.
"Jacob Lawrence: Lines of Influence" is on view through Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. The exhibition and symposium are made possible by the generous support of the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation and the Ford Foundation.