Celebrate the 100th birthday of renowned Atlantic City-born artist Jacob Lawrence during a month-long exhibit at the Atlantic City Library.
The exhibit, presented by the Atlantic City Arts Commission, features 14 pieces of the late artist’s work, available for browsing Mondays through Saturdays throughout September on the library’s first floor.
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Lawrence, born in the city on Sept. 7, 1917, developed a love for art at the age of 16 and went on to be the first African-American artists to hold a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He was also named Fortune Magazine’s most influential artist of the 20th century. The pieces chosen for the exhibit focus on the movement of African-Americans from the rural South to the urban North, which started in the early 20th century. The exhibit will also include newspaper clippings about his life.
Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A special reception will be held to honor Lawrence’s birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the library.
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In addition to Lawrence’s work, the exhibit will also include paintings inspired by the artist and created by students at the Pennsylvania Avenue School. The students’ works will be on display in the second-floor meeting room of the library.
The library is located at 1 N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City. Call 609-674-1482 for more information.