Reception: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5-8pm
Jacob Lawrence Gallery hours are Tue–Fri, 10am–5pm, and Sat, 1–5pm.
In honor of the 100-year anniversary of Jacob Lawrence's birth, we are pleased to present Utopia Neighborhood Club, a series of highly-participatory exhibitions and programs meant to generate ideas about the Jacob Lawrence Gallery's potential new space and future mission. As a young teen, Lawrence took some of his first art classes at Utopia Neighborhood Club, an organization that provided social services to the under-served in Harlem during the early part of the 20th-century. Breaking that name down, “club” hopes to explore the role of the Gallery in relation to its most immediate audience — students, faculty, and staff of the School of Art + Art History + Design; “neighborhood” will interrogate the Gallery’s place in community and regional contexts; and “utopia” will attempt to project the Gallery and its programming into the future to envision a more universal or ideal place of exchange. The series is a unique opportunity for many voices to freely imagine what a university gallery should be, unencumbered by traditional concerns about what it cannot possibly be.
Curated by: Nadia Ahmed (Art History + 3D4M undergraduate), Sarah G. Faulk (Art History undergraduate), Anqi Peng (IVA BA 2016), and Gallery Director Scott Lawrimore.
Due to the overwhelming number of submissions for A Student Response to Utopia Neighborhood Club, the Gallery is pleased to present a special iteration of its popular Jake Legacy Residency program that began in 2015 as a way to honor our namesake and celebrate Black History Month.
Three students have been invited to spend one week each in the Gallery creating new work, presenting programs, and conducting workshops. Student-artists taking part are: Yabsira Wolde (February 1–4), Brianna Wray (February 7–11), and Bobby Yin (February 14–18).
Then, from February 21 – March 4, Utopia Neighborhood Club: A Student Response Part II culminates with a group exhibition of student work organized by School of Art + Art History + Design students Zachary Bowling and Jessica Capó.
Visit the link below for information about how you can participate in the Utopia Neighborhood Club series and additional events.