Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture

Begin Date2009-12-06
End Date2010-05-23
CuratorsCharles Wylie, Roslyn A. Walker
Last Harvested At2022-03-05
Credit LineThe exhibition was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. Exhibition support was provided by the Contemporary Art Fund through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Laura and Walter Elcock, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Nancy and Tim Hanley, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, and Sharon and Michael Young. Additional support provided by the Donor Circle membership program through a leadership gift from Donna M. Wilhelm. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.
LocationFocus Gallery II
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
DescriptionJacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture celebrates the artistry of Jacob Lawrence (1918-2000), an important American painter and printmaker. Lawrence created fifteen dramatic and colorful silkscreen prints based on a series of forty-one paintings entitled "The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture" that he had completed in 1938. This exhibition will present all fifteen silkscreen prints from the Curtis E. Ransom Collection of African American Art, alongside the Dallas Museum of Art's painting "The Visitors," and a related portrait photograph by Arnold Newman of the artist from the DMA's collections. Toussaint L'Ouverture was a leader in the Haitian revolution. Born a slave, he became commander in chief of the revolutionary army in 1800. In 1804, Haiti became the first black Western republic. Toussaint was instrumental in drafting independent Haiti's first democratic constitution. Through these powerful works about Toussaint and the Haitian revolution, Lawrence presents his vision of humanity's struggle toward unity and equality. Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and curated by Roslyn A. Walker, Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific and The Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art, and Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art.