PHILADELPHIA â€” â€śJacob Lawrence and the Urban Experience: Selected Prints 1963-2000,â€ť which opens at the University of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Arthur Ross Gallery on Oct. 16, is an exhibit of nearly 40 prints paying homage to the city and the urban experience that inspired the artist to share his every-day experiences with people and places in Harlem.
A renowned 20th century African-American artist, Lawrence (1917-2000) addressed many of the most pressing social issues of the past century involving social equity, unity and progress through his paintings and prints.
Special events include a gallery talk given by Dejay B. Duckett, the curator of the exhibit, on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. and a discussion with Bridge Moore, president of DC Moore Gallery and Lawrenceâ€™s art dealer, on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.
Opening events are co-sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies at Penn and the Arthur Ross Gallery. An educational-outreach program is planned with support from the Connelly Foundation.
â€śJacob Lawrence and the Urban Experienceâ€ť runs at the Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St., through Dec. 24.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and weekends, noon-5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.
Additional information is available at www.upenn.edu/ARG or 215-898-2083.