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Jacob Lawrence: American Storyteller

Jun 28 2024 – Jan 5 2025

Seattle Art Museum

Third Floor Galleries

One of the 20th century’s most impactful American artists, Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) is celebrated for his deftness as a visual storyteller. From serial elaborations of landmark events in American history, to genre scenes that capture the value of community, he perfected the devices of narrative and figuration at a time when abstraction dominated.

This focused exhibition brings together works by Lawrence from SAM’s and local collections in a series of case studies that survey the essential themes—family, community, history, human rights—that inform the artist’s works.

Image: The 1920's...The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots, 1974, Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917-2000, ink on paper, 32 x 24 5/16 in. (81.28 x 61.76 cm), Gift of the Lorillard Co., N.Y., 75.70 ©? Jacob Lawrence.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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