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. The Phillips is a leader in the study and presentation of Lawrence’s art, organizing retrospective presentations of the artist’s work, producing national arts?integrated teaching curriculum, and conducting two definitive interviews with Lawrence on his art and life before his death.