It began with a poem! Reading the Langston Hughes poem One-Way Ticketinspired Jacob Lawrence to make a sketch of a train station waiting room filled with travelers, travelers like the ones seeking The Warmth of Other Suns. As a boy who became an artist, he knew about traveling. Lawrence moved from city to city and house to house until his mother, finally, found a place in Harlem for them to call home.
“I was part of the migration,“ he says “as was my family… I was only
about 10, 11, or 12. I didn’t realize that we were even a part of that….I didn’t
realize what was happening until the middle of the 1930s, and that’s
when the Migration series began to take form in my mind.”
In 1941, at the age of 23, Lawrence began painting works in a series that would become known as The Migration Series. Bookended by World War I and World War II, the work portrays an exodus, at once sweeping and, yet, singular in its focus. Long before his wet brush met a dry canvas, Lawrence had steeped himself in the works of writers and intellectuals focused on the Black migration and the role of the artist in art and culture. Where did he do so? At the library! The New York Public Library’s Division of Negro History, Literature and Prints, now known as The SchomburgCenter for Research in Black Culture, was instrumental in the artist’s development and formation of the work. Continue reading “Where I’m Bound: African Americans and Migration in Art and Life”
Join The Seattle Public Library’s social media team at The Seattle Art Museum for a ‘Night of Disguise‘ and have some incognito fun on Friday, June 19, from 7 to 11 p.m. Buy tickets here and use discount code twitterdisguise0619 to get $5 off.
The Library has plenty of resources to help you prepare for the exhibition! Browse our African masks and art quick picks online, place a hold on the exhibition’s companion book or explore more from SAM at the Library. Stop by the 8th floor of the Central Library to peruse some of our hand-picked, thematic reference material, leading up to the opening night.
A rich mix of artwork greets us this fall when Seattle Art Museum presents Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, an international survey of works by groundbreaking artists. Not to be missed, too, are installations and exhibits of pioneering artists from SAM’s own collections that will be on view in Elles: SAM– Singular Works by Seminal Women Artists. Topping off this visual feast is Elles: Seattle, a city-wide celebration of women artists hosted by partnering organizations and your Seattle Public Library is one of them. Continue reading “She Makes Art!”
If you’re a Seattle Public Library cardholder, you probably already know that your library card gives you free access to books, DVDs, CDs, eBooks, databases and many more resources. But did you know that this Sunday only it’s also a free ticket to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM)? That’s right, Sunday, February 28 is Seattle Public Library Day at SAM Downtown. Show your Seattle Public Library card and receive the following benefits: