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Posted on: March 15, 2017

Lawrence Lecture Reflects on the African American Experience in War

Noted British historian Celeste-Marie Bernier is the featured speaker for the 2017 Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture. Bernier will present the lecture: "’Every Man Were a Man:’ African American Soldier Artists Paint World War I,” at 6pm on April 11 at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center.

The lecture is based on Bernier’s book, Suffering and Sunset, in which she painstakingly traces a soldier’s life story of art as a life story of war. Horace Pippin served in the 369th African American Infantry and was a self-made artist. War provided a formative experience that defined his life and work. His transformation of combat service into canvases and autobiographies whose emotive power, psychological depth, and haunting realism showed his view of the world and revealed his prowess as a painter and writer.

The lecture is free and open to the public, sponsored by Telfair’s Friends of African American Arts and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture Fund.

Additional support provided by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs, the Telfair Academy Guild, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Department of Art History.

Celeste-Marie Bernier is Professor of Black Studies and Personal Chair in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press). Bernier has held visiting appointments and fellowships at Harvard, Yale, Oxford, King’s College London and the University of California, Santa Barbara and is currently the Senior John Hope Franklin Fellow at the National Center for the Humanities in North Carolina.

About Telfair Museums:
Opened in 1886, Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South and features a world-class art collection in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District. The museum encompasses three sites: the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Telfair Academy. For more information, call 912-790-8800 or visit www.telfair.org.

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