"Blue in Green: Viridian & Jacob Lawrence"

Dr. Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University

March 30 2018, 6PM

Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art

Free to the public; Reception to follow


"I don't stress subject matter," the renowned American artist Jacob Lawrence revealingly wrote, "I stress understanding the abstract elements and being aware of what you can do with them."  By following Lawrence's line of thinking in this statement and focusing on something as commonplace, multi-valenced and, yet, as potentially enigmatic as color, this talk explores how Lawrence's singular use of color – specifically the modern, blue-green color known as viridian – and his idiosyncratic forms and compositions offer a systematic entryway into his art and, in concert with his assorted themes and subjects, a more nuanced understanding of his paintings.

This lecture is in conjunction with History, Labor, Life:  The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, currently on view at the Harn Museum of Art. For more information, please visit: http://harn.ufl.edu/jacoblawrence.


  • Occurs Friday, March 30th, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Harn Museum of Art

3259 Hull Road
Gainesville, 32611


Maura Gleeson