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Jacob Lawrence
One-Way Ticket:
The migration series

PRESENTATION

To what extent does Jacob Lawrence's painting n°57 embody Black women's history in the United states during the 20th century?

I – Formal description
A) The work in itself: colors, forms, and themes
B) Place in the overall work

II – Painting at the service of history
A) The Great Migration
B) An account for Black women’s conditions

III – Art and remembrance
A) Reception of Lawrence's work
B) Art as a symbol of remembrance

Alfredo Valente, Jacob Lawrence, 1957. Alfredo Valente papers, 1941-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Jacob Lawrence

A series to me is a connected narrative.

The female worker was also one of the last groups to leave the South.

1993 caption

The female workers were the last to arrive north.

1941 Caption

I - FORMAL DESCRIPTION

II - Painting at the service of history

Black Family Arrives in Chicago from the South, ca. 1919
Public Domain Image, Courtesy New York Public Library (1168439)

Robert McNeill. Make a Wish, from the series The Bronx Slave Market. 1937, the Museum of Modern Art

III – Art and remembrance

Panel n°58
Caption from 1993: "In the North the African American had more educational opportunities."

Panel n°50
Caption from 1993: "Race riots were numerous. White workers were hostile toward the migrant who had been hired to break strikes."

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Nicholas Lemann, The Promised Land, 1995

Jutta Lorensen, Between Image and Word, Color and Time: Jacob Lawrence's "The Migration Series", African American Review, Fall 2006, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 571-586 (16 pages), published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press on behalf of African American Review (St. Louis University)

Xavier Nicholas, Callaloo, Vol. 36, Spring, 2013, No. 2, pp. 260-267 (8 pages), published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Turner, Elizabeth Hutton, ed. 1993, Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series. Washington, DC: Rappahannock P

One-Way Ticket, Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, Museum of Modern art (last consulted on February 27, 2022):
https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/1495

The Great Migration (1915-1960), Stephanie Christensen, December 6, 2007 (last consulted on February 27, 2022):
https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/great-migration-1915-1960/