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Community (study for mural, Jamaica, NY)

1986 Jacob Lawrence Born: Atlantic City, New Jersey 1917 Died: Seattle, Washington 2000 gouache on paper sheet: 30 x 22 1/8 in. (76.2 x 56.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program © 1986, Jacob Lawrence 1990.36 Not currently on view

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Community celebrates the multivalent character of American life. In the 1980s, Lawrence was one of eight artists commissioned to create works on the theme of community for the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Jamaica, New York. It was an apt subject for Lawrence who frequently acknowledged the value and encouragement of the black community. Walking the streets of Jamaica, Lawrence said, “I was aware of the warmth, rapport, and the exciting movement and counter movements of its many inhabitants. The geometric and organic structures of the doors and various kinds of apparel and facial expressions give an overall special quality to a stimulating and unique environment.”

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012


Architecture - industry - construction

Cityscape - New York - Jamaica

Cityscape - New York New York

Cityscape - New York - Queens

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paint - gouache