October 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017
The Phillips Collection reunites all 60 panels of The Migration Series, Jacob Lawrence’s seminal masterwork depicting the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between the World Wars. Shaped by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, this exhibition explores the historical, literary, socio-cultural, aesthetic, and contemporary manifestations of migration that underlie Lawrence’s powerful visual narrative.
The presentation is complemented by a new interactive website, featuring the artist’s first-hand accounts as well as contemporary responses to migration. A variety of community events will further engage visitors in the multifaceted story of the Great Migration from the rich perspectives of music, theater, dance, and poetry.
On 18 September, a panel discussion and a performance by Step Africa! will take place.
Step Afrika! performs excerpts from The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence. For this performance, the dance company blends body percussion, choreography, spoken word, projected images of Lawrence’s panels, and music to chart the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North more than a century ago. The preview performance comes after a discussion with creative leaders from Step Afrika!, The Phillips Collection, and Washington Performing Arts.
In partnership with Step Afrika! and Washington Performing Arts.
Continue reading on the Phillips Collection’s website.