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Lorenzo Pace

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Mixed Media Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Flounder, Sea Bass
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Senegal, West Africa
Favorite Quote:
What's up?

Birthplace

Born:
9/29/1943
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Mixed Media Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Flounder, Sea Bass
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Senegal, West Africa
Favorite Quote:
What's up?

Birthplace

Born:
9/29/1943
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Artist Lorenzo Pace was born September 29, 1943, in Birmingham, Alabama, moving to Chicago as a teenager. Pace grew up in a strict environment. His father was a Church of God in Christ minister who had hoped the young Lorenzo would follow in his footsteps. Pace had other ideas. He wanted to explore and the city he chose was Paris, France. There, the world of art opened up to him and after a year's stay, he returned to Chicago interested in learning the craft of woodcarving. He showed great promise.

During his first exhibition at the South Side Community Arts Center, a dean from the University of Illinois was so impressed by Pace's wooden masks that he encouraged the young artist to enroll in art school. Pace then attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he graduated with both a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. He went on to receive a doctorate in art education from Illinois State University in 1978. Pace later moved to New York, like many other artists, seeking a more supportive artistic environment.

In 1993, Pace and his work gained national attention when he was commissioned to build a monument at New York City's Foley Square paying homage to the African slaves originally buried on that site. In 1991, the remains of more than 400 African slaves were excavated during the construction of a federal building in the city's financial district. The city of New York wanted to create a memorial and Pace was chosen to make it. His work resulted in a beautiful 300-ton granite sculpture, Triumph of the Human Spirit. However, Pace and other African Americans generated controversy when they boycotted the unveiling ceremony because the day chosen was Columbus Day.

Throughout his career, Pace has worked with a broad range of objects and materials. His sculptures, installations and performance art have received international acclaim and he has exhibited in galleries and museum all over the world. He presently maintains a studio in Brooklyn and serves as director of the Montclair State University Art Gallery.

Pace was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 17, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Pace's introduction
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Pace's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Pace remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Pace remembers his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Pace considers the origin of his surname
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Pace recalls paying tribute to his mother and father through his art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Pace describes his parents' meeting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Pace shares memories from his childhood in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Pace names his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Pace describes his early religious training and other recreations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Pace describes his parents' influence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Pace recalls his family's move from Birmingham, Alabama to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Pace reflects upon the Chicago community of his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lorenzo Pace describes his early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Pace recalls his stay in Paris, France
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Pace remembers his first interest in the arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Pace explains how his experience in Paris, France changed him
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Pace explains why he returned to the United States from Paris, France
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Pace recalls a period of uncertainty in his life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Pace describes his evolution as an artist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Pace recalls his first art exhibition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Pace recalls receiving criticism while attending the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Pace remembers his early performance art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Pace discusses his career in New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Pace recalls some of his memorable New York exhibitions and pieces
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Pace discusses his award-winning sculpture, 'Triumph of the Human Spirit'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Pace discusses his design of 'Triumph of the Human Spirit'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Pace describes the controversy surrounding 'Triumph of the Human Spirit'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Pace discusses his inspiration for creating 'Triumph of the Human Spirit'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Pace reveals his plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Pace shares thoughts on reparations for African Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Pace shares personal reflections on the impact of 'Triumph of the Human Spirit'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Pace remembers those who influenced his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Pace considers his legacy