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Free Tickets to Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series - D.C.
By Wayne A. Young
Jacob LawrencePort of Harlem magazine is giving away six pairs of tickets (valued up to $24) to see the masterpiece of narrative painting, Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series.  The unforgettable work portrays the 20th-century exodus of more than a million African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North.  Rarely seen in its entirety, the 60-panel cycle has been reunited for a limited time at The Phillips Collection in The Great American Epic: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series.  The Great American Epic is presented exclusively at The Phillips Collection through Monday, Oct. 26, 2008.

One of the great storytellers of his generation, Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) completed The Migration Series in 1941 at the age of 23.  Capturing racial ruptures of the day, Lawrence recorded the search of a people for greater economic and social justice.  His vision was completed in horizontal and vertical panels of the same small size, measuring only 12 inches by 18 inches. Like story boards for a film, they are numbered and sequenced by scene and accompanied by a carefully researched script.

Soon after its completion, The Migration Series was published in Fortune magazine and exhibited at the Downtown Gallery in New York. With this solo show Lawrence achieved instant recognition and became the first African American to be represented by a major New York commercial gallery. Shortly thereafter, interest in the series resulted in its split purchase by The Phillips Collection (odd-numbered panels) and The Museum of Modern Art (even-numbered panels).

The Phillips Collection is located in the heart of Dupont Circle neighborhood, at 1600 21st Street, NW, near the Dupont Circle Metro (Q Street exit). Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10a to 5p; Thursday Artful Evenings until 8:30p; Sunday from 11a to 6p.  Closed Mondays.

The six winners will be notified by email.  Tickets will be available at The Phillips Collection box office.
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