Saturday, February 2, 2013

MIGRATION/A NEVER ENDING STORY

JACOB LAWRENCE(click)
 DOCUMENTED THE IMMIGRATION OF AFRICAN AMERICANS FORM THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES TO THE NORTH IN HIS ART WORK

TO ME, MIGRATION MEANS MOVEMENT.  THERE WAS  CONFLICT AND STRUGGLE. BUT OUT OF THE STRUGGLE CAME A KIND OF OWER AND EVEN BEAUTY.
Jacob Lawerence

The Migration series is a 60 panel study by Jacob Lawrence of over a million African Americans who left the rural South for the Industrial North following the start of WWII.  War time hardships and shortages caused the mass exodus.  It was the largest shift of African Americans since slavery.

Jacob Lawrence uses bold forms, colors and gestures to show the migration experience as a powerful human expression of extreme conditions.  Lawrence shows the deepest struggles from hangings and bombings to the general economic and social conditions.

The industrial North

mass migration of african americans from South to North

Tenet farmers were treated harshly 

Deaths from tuberculosis 

harsh treatment

mass migration
Wedding

Bombing after moving Norhtward



The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. has a wonderful grouping of Jacob Lawrence's work.  They do allow one to take photo's and I was so enamored with this series I discovered I had photographed the entire collection four year previous and forgotten.  So lets share this work and ponder the word and thought of the act of migration.  
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