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Noted art historian and critic Leslie King-Hammond lectures on the work of Whitfield Lovell and Jacob Lawrence on Thursday, February 12, 2004

WHAT: Art historian Leslie King-Hammond will lecture "On the work of Lovell and Jacob Lawrence" on Thursday, February 12, 2004.

This lecture is in conjunction with the special exhibition Whispers from the Walls , Whitfield Lovell's installation of a reconstructed 1920's African American sharecropper's home from Quakertown, Texas. The installation, part of Reed College's Black History Month celebration, is in the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery through March 3, 2004.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday, February 12, 2004

LOCATION: Vollum lecture hall, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. Portland

COST: This event is free and open to the public.

CONTACT : For more information, the public can call 503/777-7790 or visit .

The late Jacob Lawrence, who spent the latter part of his career in the Pacific Northwest, is considered one of the greatest African-American artists of the 20 th century. His small canvases exploded with images larger than life, images of everyday life in the black community, expressed in brilliant colors, in his distinctive cubist-expressionist style. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and others.

Whitfield Lovell was born in 1959 and grew up in the Bronx. His mother's family is from the South and his father's is from the Barbados. A graduate of Cooper Union in New York, Whitfield Lovell has been widely exhibited worldwide. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and others.

Leslie King-Hammond is Dean of Graduate Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, is a professor of art history and has curated a number of exhibitions. The former president of the College Art Association, King-Hammond serves on the Executive Board of the International Association of Art Critics. Her articles and books include "Art as a Verb," "Black Printmakers and the WPA," and "Three Generations of African American Women Sculptors: A Study in Paradox."