Images of Hope: Selected Prints by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)
Reception: Thursday January 19th 5:30 - 8:30
Closes: February 25th, 2017
Jacob Lawrence was one of the greatest figurative painters of the 20th Century. He was an impassioned observer and storyteller whose art documented both the African American experience, as well as, the larger human struggle for freedom and social justice.
In 1941, at the age of 24, he became famous with his "Migration of the Negro" series, a group of 60 tempera-on-board paintings depicting the movement of African Americans from the South to the North. The flat, vividly colored paintings packed an emotional charge that depicted a wrenching societal shift in America.
Thanks to the generosity of Museum of Modern Art & the Phillips Collection that jointly purchased this series, for the first time on the West Coast in two decades, all sixty panels of Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series” will be exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum from January 21 – April 23, 2017.