Seattle Art Museum

Photograph courtesy of the Seattle Art Museum

On March 5 the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) opened its new Jacob Lawrence exhibit, “The American Struggle,” to the public.

“The American Struggle” takes us on a journey through American history, reframing the narratives we have heard for centuries. 

During the creation of this series in 1954, Lawrence was spending countless days at what was then called the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library. He spent his time learning about not only the American history taught in schools but history told through other perspectives, which inspired this series.

Theresa Papanikolas, the Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art at SAM, discussed during a press preview how Lawrence offers more perspectives on the making of America. 

“What the ‘Struggle’ series is offering is a more inclusive version of American history,” Papanikolas said. 

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