Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture Series The Place Just Jumped: African American Visual Artists and the Blues and Jazz of Harlem” By Dr. Alvia Wardlaw
Telfair Museums held their annual Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence lecture on Tuesday, October 4 featuring the distinguished art historian
Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, who presented a lecture celebrating the centennial of the birth of American artist Romare Bearden. Dr. Wardlaw addressed the camaraderie between Bearden, his cousin Charles Alston and the musicians who inspired both these artists.
Dr. Wardlaw is Associate Professor of Art History at Texas Southern University, Houston, where she is also Director/Curator of the University Museum. The lecture was presented in collaboration with the Friends of African American Arts (FAAA), a member group of Telfair Museums, free of charge and is open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture. The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence annual lecture series honors the memory of Jacob Lawrence, one of the country’s greatest African-American artists. Lawrence gained international renown as an important American artist through his work exploring social realism, regionalism and black history. In 1941, he became the first African- American artist whose work was acquired for the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Lawrence died in 2000 and was working several weeks until his death. For more information on the artist and the please visit www.jacobandgwen- lawrence.org