One of the most celebrated African-American artists of the twentieth century, Jacob Lawrence, was born in 1917 in Atlantic City. His parents divorced early in his childhood and he eventually joined his mother in Harlem. He took an immediate interest in art as a child. While attending classes at the Harlem Art Workshop, the sights and sounds of the neighborhood inspired Lawrence’s use of geometric shapes and colors within his works.
Two prints by Lawrence (Aspiration, 1988; Contemplation, 1993) are on display by the Reference workstations on the main floor of the library. Click here for more information.