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Elizabeth Hutton Turner, senior curator of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., will speak on the art and life of the late 20th-century black American painter Jacob Lawrence 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the auditorium of Lafayette’s Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

Sponsored by Lafayette’s Presidential Speaker Series on Diversity, the free, public lecture is part of Lafayette’s celebration of Women’s History Month. Refreshments will be provided.

The Phillips Collection, known as America’s first museum of modern art, opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (1886-1966). It is noted for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s icon of Impressionism, Luncheon of the Boating Party, as well as celebrated works by van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, and CĂ©zanne.

A specialist in early 20th-century art, Turner is the curator of the traveling exhibition Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence, currently on view through May 19 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The show, which was on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art from November through early February, has an accompanying Web-based interactive educational program.

Turner is author of an essay in the Jacob Lawrence Catalog Raisonné.

At the Phillips since 1989, Turner has directed a series of traveling exhibitions derived from the permanent collection that address the earliest chapters of the Phillips’collecting history, including Men of Rebellion: The Eight and their Associates at The Phillips Collection; Duncan Phillips Collects: Paris between the Wars; Two Lives: Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz; Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series; and In the American Grain: Dove, Hartley, Marin, O’Keeffe, and Stieglitz. Other large loan exhibitions she has directed include Americans in Paris: Man Ray, Gerald Murphy, Stuart Davis, Alexander Calder; Arthur Dove: A Retrospective; and Georgia O’Keeffe: The Poetry of Things.

Turner holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She was the humanities administrator of the Museum Program for the National Endowment for the Humanities before joining The Phillips Collection.

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