Middle Passage: The Artistic Life of Lawrence Baker @ Mac’s Books
Saturday | 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Artist Lawrence Baker and author Louis B. Burroughs Jr. will be at Mac’s to celebrate the publication of Middle Passage: The Artistic Life of Lawrence Baker on Saturday, February 22nd. There will be a reception from 6-7 p.m. followed by a book talk and discussion. The book is a collaborative biography detailing Baker’s life and career. Baker studied art at Tri-C, got an MFA from Kent State in 1989 and has taught in Greater Cleveland schools for three decades.
Baker’s world involved cultural, intellectual and social expectations pressing hard against negative racial stereotypes and reality. This book not only asks plain questions about the connections between Baker’s complex inner life and art, but also probes the relationship between African-American social and cultural development and the purpose and role of art.
The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is now exhibiting View from the Road: A Retrospective of Lawrence Baker (Jan. 16th-Feb. 20th) The show features his beautifully exquisite observational drawings based on landscapes.
Author Louis B. Burroughs has a master’s degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State and is a sculptor and painter.