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Summer Street Scene in Harlem

1948
20 1/16 x 24 1/8 in. (51 x 61.2 cm)

Jacob Lawrence
American (Atlantic City, NJ, 1917 - 2000, Seattle, WA)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Tempera on gesso panel
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1991.5
Location: Currently on view
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Jacob Lawrence chronicled the migration of African Americans from the South to the North in the first half of the 20th century. In Summer Street Scene in Harlem, Lawrence’s style incorporates the flattened surfaces, distorted shapes, and bold colors of modernism to capture the energy and vitality of life in Harlem, New York.
[Gallery label text, 2007]

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Artist's signature, lower right: Jacob Lawrence / 48


Provenance
The Downtown Gallery, New York, NY; Alfred E. Jones, Jr., New York, NY; Vanderwoude Tananbaum Gallery, New York, NY; purchased by the Gallery in 1991

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Frederick Douglass MAG webpage with links to Frederick Douglass and African-American experience resources at MAG
Lesson Plan Art and Social Studies lesson plan created by the Memorial Art Gallery based on Jacob Lawrence's Ices II (Evans Collection) and Summer Street Scene in Harlem (MAG collection) emphasizing looking and learning and an Art Room activity.
Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Art Alive: Summer Street Scene in Harlem Using MAG's Learning to Look/Looking to Learn philosophy, guide students' looking and use open-ended questions to elicit personal responses. Includes many suggestions for classroom activities and connections to reinforce ELA skills.
Seeing America Chapter on Jacob Lawrence's Summer Street Scene in Harlem, written by Lowery Stokes Sims.
MAGexplore MAGexplore provides in-depth information and close looking at over 200 objects in MAG's collection.
In Motion: the African-American Migration Experience Created by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, this website includes images, textual material, and lesson plans related to the Harlem Renaissance.
Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line In conjunction with the exhibition Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line at the Phillips Collection, this website explores the life and work of Jacob Lawrence. Teaching Resources and artwork by children inspired by Lawrence are also included in this website.


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