Jacob Lawrence

The Legend of John Brown

Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence,The Legend of John Brown, HC VII/XX, No. 17 (detail), 1977, Silk screen print on paper.
Courtesy DC Moore Gallery, New York.

November 17, 2013–February 23, 2014

Members Only Reception

Saturday, November 16, 6–8pm

Gallery Talk

Sunday, February 9, 3pm
Cultural Legacies: Jacob Lawrence and Winfred Rembert
By Patricia Hills, Professor, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, Boston University

About the Exhibition

Danforth Art is pleased to present Jacob Lawrence’s series of silk-screen prints, The Legend of John Brown, based on his 1941 gouache paintings. Works explore the life of the controversial abolitionist John Brown, part of the historical epics Lawrence produced throughout the 1930s and 1940s focusing on heroic 19th century figures as well as the Great Migration of the early 20th century. The powerful narrative conveyed in Lawrence’s series pays homage to an African-American legacy of storytelling as a potent vehicle to relay historical events.


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