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.
Phillips Music: 75th Anniversary
Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series
People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series
(Oct 8, 2016–Jan 8, 2017)
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(Jun 18–Sep 18, 2016)
Intersections: Double Monuments by Bettina Pousttchi
(Jun 9–Oct 2, 2016)
William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master
(Jun 4–Sep 11, 2016)
All Together in One Room: The Impressionist Exhibition of 1882, Richard Brettell at the Phillips
(Mar 17, 2016)
Intersections: Acts of Silence by Helen Frederick
(Feb 4–May 1, 2015)
Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland, The Staechelin & Im Obersteg Collections
(Oct 10, 2015–Jan 10, 2016)
Intersections@5 Spotlight: Linn Meyers
(May 28–Oct 25, 2015)
Intersections@5 Spotlight: John F. Simon Jr.
Making a Mural: James Bullough on U Street
(Sep 25, 2015)