Museum Hours: Daily from 10am-5pm, Thursdays and Fridays until 9pm
Location: Works on Paper Focus Gallery
This special installation highlights an important recent acquisition of American art—Jacob Lawrence's The Legend of John Brown graphic series. Consisting of twenty-two silk-screen prints, the portfolio is based on Lawrence's same-size gouache paintings from 1941 (owned by the Detroit Institute of Arts) that explore the life of the controversial abolitionist. In 1977, when the paintings had become too fragile for public display and access, the Detroit museum commissioned Lawrence to reproduce them as limited-edition screen-prints. Each painting was originally displayed with the artist's accompanying text, which builds on the powerful visual narrative.