Monday, February 9

One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North


Panel No. 1 "During World War I, there was a great migration north by southern African Americans" 1940-41
"In 1941, Jacob Lawrence, then just 23 years old, completed a series of 60 small tempera paintings with text captions about the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North that started around 1915. Within months of its making, the series entered the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Phillips Memorial Gallery (today The Phillips Collection), with each institution acquiring half of the panels. Lawrence’s work is now an icon in both collections, a landmark in the history of modern art, and a key example of the way that history painting was radically reimagined in the modern era."
MoMA
NY Times: Reassembling a History Told in Paint
YouTube: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series returns to MoMA

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