JSU to host Jacob Lawrence art show, panel discussion


Jackson State University Johnson Hall Gallery hosting The Migration of the Negro by Jacob Lawrence Series of Prints

Panel Discussion on The Migration of the Negro series and The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Exhibit Dates: March 27, 2012, through June 4, 2012

Opening Reception, Tuesday, March 27 – 4 to 6 p.m.

Panel Discussion, Thursday, March 29 – 3 to 4 p.m.

About the Art:

The Migration of the Negro, 1940 – 1941, is a series of 60 works by American artist Jacob Lawrence. The series is considered one of the greatest American masterpieces of the 20th century. Lawrence expresses through visual art a story that had never before been told this way. In March 1942, less than a year after its completion, the original series was divided evenly between the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.

All 60 reproduction-prints, courtesy of The Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art, will show in the Johnson Hall Gallery on the campus of Jackson State University. The exhibit is free and open to public. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call the JSU Art Department for more information, 601.979.2040 or visit www.jsums.edu/art/

About the Book:

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, tells the story of the mass movement of six million African Americans from the south to the north in the middle decades of the 20th century – told through the lives of three people who joined the exodus.

Discussion Panel, Thursday, March 29 – 3 to 4 p.m. (Free and open to the public):

The discussion panel will create a dialogue around the two works of art and the historic migration itself.  Four distinguished panelists will be featured:

Dr. Robert Luckett, Director – Margret Walker Center for the Study of the African-American Experience

Dr. Yumi Park, Art Historian – Jackson State University Art Department

Dr. Charles K. Chiplin, English Instructor – The Division of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Walter O. Evans – African-American Art Collector

For more information, contact:
Kimberly Jacobs, Gallery Director
Gallery 1 at Jackson State University
601.960.9250 (phone)
601.960.7551 (fax)
gallery1@jsums.edu


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