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The Immigrant Song

by Bradley Rubenstein
One of the most startling impressions that one takes away from seeing the reunited Migration Series at the Museum of Modern Art is how current the paintings still feel—in a way that Céline still does, or Christopher Isherwood, or John Steinbeck, documentors of a very specific moment of transition, faithfully recording sensitive observations. Jacob Lawrence’s cycle of 60 paintings on the subject of the Great Migration, during which 6 million African Americans ultimately left the rural South, is... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 5/27/15
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The Place of the Museum: Jacob Lawrence at MoMA

by Joel Kuennen
That was Michelle Obama at the opening of the new Whitney Museum in New York last week. Racist right-wing rags decried the missive as "race-baiting" but the message is indeed very needed and a short trip uptown to MoMA will show you why.  MoMA has been a contentious site. Contended by tastemakers and aesthetes for its iconic nature and its ability to direct attention and generate conversation in the art world. Controversies and failures, of one kind or another, dot its recent history but... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 5/7/15