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"Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle" On a National Tour. January, 2020 - September, 2021. At The Phillips Collection June 26, 2021 - September 19, 2021.


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DC folks might be familiar with Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series, half of which is on view at The Phillips Collection.

Over the next year-and-a-half, Lawrence's 30-piece Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56) will be reunited for a national tour.

Press release from the Peabody Essex Museum:

"This January, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), debuts Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle the first museum exhibition to feature the celebrated series of paintings, Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56), by Jacob Lawrence. Painted during the civil rights era by one of the best-known black American artists of the 20th century, the series of 30 intimate panels depicts pivotal moments in early American history with an emphasis on the contributions that black people, Native Americans, and women made in shaping our nation's founding and identity."

"Reunited for the first time in more than 60 years, the Struggle series brings American history to life through energetic, expressive paintings that hug the boundary between figuration and abstraction. For this reunion, 25 of the Struggle paintings are accounted for while five remain unlocated. Of these, the known works are presented alongside reproductions of the missing paintings as well as those too fragile to travel. The paintings reflect Lawrence’s desire to “express the universal beauty of man's continuous struggle” and his visual style conveys the physical, emotional, and ideological struggles inherent to the country’s founding."

Article from the Wash Post.

Peabody Essex Museum Jan. 18, 2020 - April 26, 2020

Metropolitan Museum of Art June 2, 2020 -  Sept. 7, 2020

Birmingham Museum of Art Oct. 17, 2020 - Jan. 10, 2021

Seattle Art Museum Feb. 11, 2021 - May 23, 2021

The Phillips Collection June 26, 2021 - Sept. 19, 2021

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