The excitement of ethnic dance is captured in "Bill T. Jones" by Martin Pierce. The central figure is an ebony black man, in traditional dress, in the throes of a dance performance. Pierce likes to incorporate impressionism in his works, so the background of this piece is a montage of colorful pastels that is reminiscent of a field of flowers.
Laurence was born in the Bronx, New York on February 9, 1949, the youngest of three children. In 1961 Laurence passed the entrance exam for the High School of Art and Design and began studying photography and illustration. He joined the Navy after graduation, as a Photographer's Mate, and began work as a videographer for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in Keflavik, Island. Laurence was honorably discharged in 1969.
Laurence studied book design and production at the Cooper Union in New York City while also working as an assistant designer at Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Laurence began formal studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor's Degree (BFA). During this period, Laurence also did independent study at the Art Student's League in N.Y.
In 1978 Laurence began an 18-year career in advertising as a freelance graphic designer and book designer. Laurence met his future wife at the Mingo Group advertising agency in New York where Laurence began work as a freelance art director. We moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1993.
Laurence joined the Boston Afro American Artists Association, participating with them in group shows in and around New England. In 2005 Laurence created the AfricanWinter Gallery in Dorchester, MA., and was featured in articles in the Boston Globe, The Herald and the Dorchester Reporter.
In 2006 Laurence began teaching at the Dimock Center in Roxbury, MA where he wrote the curriculum for the 'Arts for Life' program, teaching art to Head Start and Early Head Start preschool children. During this period Laurence continued to teach and create art, donating paintings to the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library, including a 12' painting titled 'Carrousel'. In 2013 Laurence joined the Dorchester Arts Collaborative where he participated in solo and group exhibitions. Laurence also began teaching for the Art Mobile S.P.A.R.C. program in collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Laurence continues to conduct art programs for the BPL and for hospitals, community centers and senior centers in the Boston area.
The Mayor's Gallery, Boston, MA, April 2010
The Strand Theatre Gallery, Boston, MA, May 2011
The Great Hall Gallery, Codman Square, MA, October 2011
The Eric Jean Gallery, Dorchester, MA, October 2012
BPL at Grove Hall, Boston, MA, June 2012
TJX Corporate Headquarters, Framingham, MA, February 2001
Strand Theatre Gallery, Boston, MA, February 2010
Scollay Square Gallery, Boston City Hall, June 2010, April 2011, February/April 2012
The Gallery at the Piano Factory, Boston, MA, June 2010, May 2011
The Gallery at the Piano Factory, Boston, MA, Black and White Show, June 2012
World Trade Center, Boston, MA, January/May 2012
The Eric Jean Gallery, Boston, MA, February/October 2014
Susie Smith Gallery, Boston, MA, October 2014
The phenomenal and thriving artist Lina Iris Viktor will present her first major museum exhibit at The New Orleans Museum of Art, opening this fall. Titled Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the installation will be on display from October 5th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019.
A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred will feature an entirely new body of work created by Viktor that investigates the narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia. Throughout the exhibit, the artist reimagines the rich history of Liberia’s colonial past. “Liberia appears in Viktor’s re-imagining as a kind of paradise lost, and as a cautionary tale,” said Allison Young, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of Contemporary Art. “At the same time, her work transcends this narrative, revealing how examples of visual culture—from Dutch Wax fabrics to national emblems to gestures in the history of portraiture—exist as remnants of these colonial histories.”
Based in New York, the British-Liberian artist is highly known for her luxurious large-scale paintings and installations that are adorned with gold and include references to both modern and traditional West African culture.
“NOMA is pleased to present Lina Iris Viktor’s exhibition, and to foreground a lesser-known history of which the American South was a part,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “In this series, Viktor offers her unique perspective on a complex and multifaceted history.”
Programs related to the exhibition feature conversations led by Lina Iris Viktor and Allison Young, a film series, and a special talk with Viktor and curator Renée Mussai. For more information, please visit NOMA READ MORE........