The American Struggle Exhibition by Jacob Lawrence: Behind the Scenes

Charlottesville, VA, Charlottesville, VA 22902

  • Presented By: Online
  • Dates: August 3, 2021
  • Location: Online
  • Time: 5:00 PM


Traveling the country this past year, the exhibition Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle has made headlines for the revelations of the paintings themselves as well as the exciting discovery of two lost panels from the series. Throughout a career spanning six decades, Jacob Lawrence maintained an unwavering focus on the human condition and created work that gave pointed and consistent expression to the Black experience in America.

Join Lifetime Learning and UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art for a behind-the-scenes look at this important series in American art, the collaborative process of making an exhibition, and the early work carried out at UVA and The Fralin, which led to the development of this exhibit.

Matthew McLendon, J. Sanford Miller Family Director of The Fralin Museum, will moderate the discussion with panelists Elizabeth Hutton Turner, UVA professor of art history and co-curator of the blockbuster exhibition; Harvey Ross, collector; and Barbara Earl Thomas, artist, educator, student, and friend of Jacob Lawrence.

Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle is on view at its final venue, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., until September 19th.