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Jacob Lawrence Migration Series

By July 14, 2016Uncategorized
The Migration of the Negro, panel 14, 1940-41. Casein tempera on hardboard, 18 x 12 in.

The Migration of the Negro, panel 14. Casein tempera on hardboard, 18 x 12″.

 

The Migration Series

In 1941, Jacob Lawrence, then just twenty-three years old, completed a series of sixty paintings about the Great Migration, the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. Lawrence’s work is 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. Explore the social and cultural nuances of each of the sixty panels in Lawrence’s series on MoMA’s online exhibit: 

http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2015/onewayticket/

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