Community (study for mural, Jamaica, NY)

  • Jacob Lawrence, Community (study for mural, Jamaica, NY), 1986, gouache on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1986, Jacob Lawrence, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program, 1990.36

Exhibition Label
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
Title
Community (study for mural, Jamaica, NY)
Artist
Date
1986
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 30 x 22 1/8 in. (76.2 x 56.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program

Mediums
Mediums Description
gouache on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape – New York – Jamaica
  • Cityscape – New York – Queens
  • Figure group
  • Cityscape – New York – New York
  • Study
  • Architecture – industry – construction
Object Number
1990.36
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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