A few months ago I did a unit study with my daughter on the works of Jacob Lawrence and his Depression-era depictions of working class Black families. We discussed their dilemma of building wealth and security in the uncertain times following the Emancipation, and the benefits and repercussions of moving from rural to urban life.
In this new gallery exhibit, several artists depict issues of class, race and wealth in a collection of bold and inspiring paintings and photographs. I had a chance to meet with most of the artists, who spoke about topics ranging from gentrification, to everyday life struggles, to the struggle to maintain culture in an ever-changing city landscape. Check this show out. These artists definitely have something to say.
A Foothold on the Rocks: The Indelible Legacies of Jacob and Gwedolyn Knight Lawrence
Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002 | (212) 542-0292