Third Thursday, May 20th Dora Towsend presents:
Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), a Black American painter who came of age in Harlem during the Depression. He went on to become a significant and notable artist who expressed through his paintings a distinct social commentary on the struggles of the Black experience. The presentation will focus on his early life and the narrative series entitled, The Great Migration. Consisting of 60 paintings, the series was completed in 1940 and tells the story of the migration of millions of Blacks from the southern rural farms to the northern cities in search of a better life. Included in the presentation will be several images of paintings from The Great Migration series to illustrate Jacob Lawrence’s unique artistic style as well as his vivid depiction of the harsh reality of the Black experience during the migration.