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The '20's...The Migrants Cast Their Ballots

Jacob Lawrence

Contemporary Art

On View: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor
These three screenprints represent a later period in Jacob Lawrence’s career, when he turned his attention to printmaking. Extending a theme from his earlier work—the sixty panels of his landmark Migration Series (1941)—here he continues to treat the history of African Americans who had migrated to the North in great numbers between the 1920s and the 1940s.The artist said:

To me, migration means movement. There was conflict and struggle. But out of the struggle came a kind of power and even beauty. “And the migrants kept coming” is a refrain of triumph over adversity.

The ’20’s . . . The Migrants Cast Their Ballots shows black people exercising the right to vote. The Builders and Harlem Street Scene show Lawrence’s interest in the vibrancy of everyday life—not only in the particular activities shown, but in the humanity and dignity of the people.
MEDIUM Screenprint
DATES 1974
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 34 1/8 x 27 5/8 in. (86.7 x 70.2 cm) Image: 32 x 24 1/8 in. (81.3 x 61.3 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed, "Jacob Lawrence" lower right
INSCRIPTIONS Written below bottom edge of image: at left, "5/125"; in center "The 1920's ... The Migrants arrive and cast their Ballots"; at right, "Jacob Lawrence 1974"
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 76.77.8
EDITION Edition: 5/125
CREDIT LINE Gift of Lorillard
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-2000). The '20's...The Migrants Cast Their Ballots, 1974. Screenprint, Sheet: 34 1/8 x 27 5/8 in. (86.7 x 70.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lorillard, 76.77.8. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 76.77.8_transpc002.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 76.77.8_transpc002.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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