Jacob Lawrence (September 7, 1917 - June 9, 2000) was one of America's leading modern figurative painters. From the beginning of his career in the 1930's he was among the most impassioned visual chroniclers of the African-American experience. Mr. Lawrence's paintings, often created in a narrative series, combined a Cubist-inflected painting style, a gift for storytelling and a social consciousness shaped by his memories of growing up in Harlem.
His Migration Series, completed in 1941, will be featured as part of the Brown Bag Lectures on Wednesday February 18, 2009 at Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 North Main Street in Greensburg, PA. Art historian Josie Piller will discuss the impact of this seminal work on the artist and the viewing public. The event starts at 12:00pm and is free and open to the public.