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April 3 – 29, 2007

Jacob Lawrence: The Legend of John Brown
from Washington's State Art Collection
Jacob Lawrence: The Legend of John Brown
from Washington's State Art Collection

John Brown forms an organization to resist capture of fugitive slaves
The Washington State Arts Commission has partnered with the Archer Gallery at Clark College to present The Legend of John Brown, a suite of 22 screen prints created in 1977 by renowned African American artist Jacob Lawrence. The exhibition is drawn from Washington’s State Art Collection. A series of public activities and educational events will accompany the exhibition while it is on view at the Archer Gallery.

Where: Archer Gallery, Clark College
Penguin Student Union (PSU)
1933 Fort Vancouver Way,
Vancouver, WA 98663

(360) 992-2246 or
for information and directions

When: April 3 – 29, 2007
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 1 – 5 p.m.

The Legend of John Brown is being presented in Vancouver, WA as part of our ongoing effort to bring outstanding cultural resources to citizens across the state,” said Kris Tucker, Executive Director of the Washington Sate Arts Commission. The exhibition is organized by the Washington State Arts Commission and made possible with generous support from the American Masterpieces Program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western States Arts Federation. The exhibition and all associated events are open to the public and presented free of charge.

John Brown prepares for his assault on Harpers FerryThe Legend of John Brown depicts the dramatic moral choices and life events of famed abolitionist John Brown, who, in the mid-1850’s, organized covert attacks to liberate slaves from southern plantations, and led antislavery troops in an effort to keep Kansas a free state. The series begins with Brown’s decision to become an activist, depicts his struggle as an organizer and strategist, and ends with his capture, conviction and execution for treason in the winter of 1859.

With vibrant color, narrative precision and powerful graphic imagery, The Legend of John Brown represents both Jacob Lawrence’s outstanding creative talents, and his dedication to the ongoing struggle for justice in American life. The exhibition offers an opportunity to explore a critical moment in our nation’s history and to examine the vital role of art and artists in interpreting and disseminating that history.

For further background on this artist go to

Associated Events:
April 3 & 26 Film Event: noon
Penguin Student Lounge

April 10 Reception: 6 pm
Archer Gallery
Lecture by Susan Platt, Ph.D : 7 pm
Penguin Student Lounge

Susan Platt will present a public lecture with visuals on Jacob Lawrence and his series “The Legend of John Brown.” A one-hour reception will precede the lecture in the Archer Gallery.

Susan Platt is a freelance writer, art critic, curator and art historian based in Seattle since 1998. She was a tenured art historian with a specialty in contemporary art at the University of North Texas, Denton, for eight years. Since coming to the Northwest, she has taught primarily at the University of Washington, as well as at The Evergreen State College and Seattle Central Community College. Her most recent book is Art and Politics in the 1930’s (Midmarch Arts Press, 1999). She writes for Sculpture Magazine and as a contributing editor for Art Papers Magazine based in Atlanta.

April 12 Lecture and Reading by Pancho Savery, Ph.D : noon
Penguin Student Lounge

This public event will focus on writers of the Harlem Renaissance. After a historical introduction, Dr. Savery will read a selection of prose and poetry from selected writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

Pancho Savery is a Professor of English, Humanities, and American Studies at Reed College, Portland, OR, teaching courses in African American and American Indian literature, modern and contemporary drama and poetry, and modern fiction since 1995. He previously taught at the University of Massachusetts/Boston. His publications include Approaches to Teaching Ellison’s Invisible Man, numerous essays, and personal poetry.

All events are free and open to the public.

Image Captions:
No. 6 (top):
Jacob Lawrence, John Brown formed an organization among the colored people of the Adirondack woods to resist the capture of any fugitive slave, No. 6 in the series The Legend of John Brown, 1977. Screen print, 25 7/8 x 20 inches. Washington State Arts Commission.

No. 15 (bottom):
Jacob Lawrence, John Brown made many trips to Canada organizing for his assault on Harpers Ferry, No. 15 in the series The Legend of John Brown, 1977. Screen print, 25 7/8 x 20 inches. Washington State Arts Commission.

For further information or visuals, please contact Marjorie Hirsch, Gallery Director, at (360) 992-2701 or

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