Curator Elsa Smithgall introduces People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series.
More than 75 years ago, a young artist named Jacob Lawrence set to work on an ambitious series portraying the Great Migration, the movement between the World Wars of over a million African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North in search of a better life. In his Migration Series, Lawrence reminds us of our shared history and invites us to reflect on our world: “To me, migration means movement. There was conflict and struggle. But out of the struggle came a kind of power and even beauty. ‘And the migrants kept coming’ is a refrain of triumph over adversity. If it rings true for you today, then it must still strike a chord in our American experience.” People on the Move united the Phillips's odd-numbered panels with the Museum of Modern Arts even-numbered panels.
Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
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Contemplation Tour: Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party
Contemplation Tour: Laib Wax Room
Contemplation Audio Tour: Choose-Your-Own-Artwork
Permanent Collection Tour: Sculpture in the Courtyard
Permanent Collection Tour: Rothko Room
Permanent Collection Tour: Luncheon of the Boating Party
Permanent Collection Tour: The Migration Series
Permanent Collection Tour: Laib Wax Room
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