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Jacob Lawrence's Colorized America: Race, Visual Culture, and the Politics of Art

Monday, June 1, 2015 -
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Cantor Arts Center auditorium

Free and open to the public.

How have the arts, visual culture, and social media re-imagined black humanity? How does the work of Harlem Renaissance artist Jacob Lawrence inform our understanding of the legacy of Jim Crow and the Black Lives Matter movement?
This panel discussion will explore the role of images in shaping America’s public consciousness and politics of race, bringing the Cantor's special exhibition Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor into conversation with events today. The panelists are:

  • Harry J. Elam, Jr., Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University
  • Jeff Chang, Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation and Who We Be: The Colorization of America, co-founder of Culturestr/ke and Colorlines
  • Mysia Anderson, Stanford University '17 (African & African American Studies), Stanford Daily opinion columnist, student activist
  • Moderated by Jan Marie Barker-Alexander, Director of the Black Community Services Center

IMAGE: Jacob Lawrence (U.S.A., 1917–2000), The Swearing In, 1977. Silkscreen. Kayden and Family in memory of Dr. Gabrielle H. Reem, 2013.110 © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Event Sponsor: 
Cantor Arts Center, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA), Black Community Services Center
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