Telling Stories, Making History

Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series (1941) and Struggle Series (1954-56)

November 19, 2016, 2 pm

Elizabeth Hutton Turner, former Senior Curator at The Phillips Collection and Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia, examines Jacob Lawrence's contrasting visions of American “seeking” and “struggle” in two narrative cycles created 15 years apart. Turner locates a contemporary quality of time in Lawrence’s narrative invention that helps explain the ongoing power of Lawrence’s series to speak powerfully today.