What's the Story?

What’s the Story: Prints and Drawings in a Narrative Series by Jacob Lawrence, Luz-Maria Lopez, William Hogarth, and Monica Zeringue 

September 2- December 21, 2012

Comprised of prints and drawings, this exhibition features works in a narrative series that will appeal to audiences of all ages. Featured series include The Hiroshima Series by African-American artist Jacob Lawrence, The Mayan Creation by Latin American artist Luz-Maria Lopez, and The Four Stages of Cruelty by English artist William Hogarth. A mini-series of two prints entitled Beer Street and Gin Lane produced and marketed by Hogarth contemporaneously with his series The Four Stages of Cruelty is included. Additionally, this exhibition features a thirty-foot drawing entitled Matador by Louisiana artist Monica Zeringue that is not part of the Meadows Museum of Art permanent collection. Zeringue’s exquisitely rendered drawing features surreal scenes and events that create a running and enigmatic visual narrative. This work has been loaned to the Meadows Museum by the artist especially for this exhibition. 

Except for the work of Zeringue, each of the featured artist’s series is associated with written material. Lawrence illustrates John Hersey’s book Hiroshima, Lopez’s images help to narrate her children’s story, and poetry verses heighten the moralizing impact of each of Hogarth’s prints. As for Zeringue’s Matador, visitors will have the chance to voice their interpretations of the work in a poetry contest sponsored by the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum. An announcement concerning contest guidelines is set for early September. 

A Members’ Reception will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the museum galleries. Featured artist Rachul McClintic, will be the special guest for the evening. McClintic will also present a gallery talk on Sunday, September 16, at 2:00 PM in the Meadows Museum galleries. McClintic’s gallery talk is free and open to the community.