Tacoma, Wash. – Original works by renowned Seattle artists Jacob Lawrence and Ronald Hall will be on view at Kittredge Gallery from August 28-October 5. Kittredge Gallery is located at North 15th and North Alder streets, on the University of Puget Sound campus. Directions to Kittredge Gallery are available online at www.ups.edu/directions.xml.
In 1977, commissioned by the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts, artist Jacob Lawrence produced a portfolio of twenty-two screen prints based on his 1941 narrative paintings, The Legend of John Brown. John Brown was a 19th-century abolitionist who organized and led an anti-slavery raid on Harpers Ferry, VA in 1859. He was later arrested, tried, and executed for his actions. The images of the human struggle, especially the struggle of African-American people, are the foremost theme in Lawrence's life work.
Born in Atlantic City in 1917, Jacob Lawrence came of age and found his artistic voice living in Harlem. In 1970 he moved to Seattle to teach at the University of Washington. Lawrence retired from teaching in 1980, but continued to work as a studio artist. He died in 2000 at the age of 83.
Ronald Hall, a young Seattle-based artist, uses painting as a way of conveying his feelings about life in the context of personal experience. He grew up in the high-crime and drug-infested neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. This chaotic, violent environment has a profound impact on the images he creates.
In addition to creating images about his personal life experiences, Hall tackles interpretation of historical relations in the context of race and identity in America. He explores the injurious effects of visual representations and misrepresentations in society and its relationship to people's perception of one another in terms of race and/or physical appearance.
Ronald Hall currently lives outside Seattle where, beyond painting, he works in the computer games industry.
Special events planned during the exhibit:
Gallery talk on works of Jacob Lawrence: Thursday, September 14, 5 p.m. with Linda Williams, asst. professor of art, University of Puget Sound.
Artist Talk by Ronald Hall: Thursday, September 28, 5 p.m.
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday noon-5 p.m. (Kittredge Gallery is closed September1-4 for the Labor Day holiday.)
Extended Gallery Hours for the Race & Pedagogy National Conference, September 14-16: Thursday, 10a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 10a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.