Porchia Moore Phillips Conversation


Porchia Moore leads a discussion in the “People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series” galleries. All photos: Laura Hoffman

How do works in special exhibitions People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Whitfield Lovell: The Kin Series and Related Works relate to current issues of racial injustice and discrimination? Porchia Moore visited the Phillips in November to tackle this question with Phillips visitors. See below for photos and a live-tweet of the conversation.

This was the second in a series of three open conversations that use The Migration Series as a jumping off point for discussions about current issues; join us for the third installment this Thursday with the DC Jazz Festival’s Sunny Sumter, who will be facilitating a discussion focuses on themes of identity, community, and what it means to be an American. See the storify of last month’s talk below. Follow along or join the conversation with #PhillipsConversation.


An Introduction to People on the Move with the Curator

Exhibition Curator Elsa Smithgall shares the history behind Jacob Lawrence’s epic Migration Series in this video. In discussing the work’s impact on the world today, Smithgall commends the artist’s foresight: “Completing his series on the eve of World War II, Lawrence leaves us in Panel 60 with the message: ‘and the migrants kept coming.’ Lawrence was prescient in recognizing that the migration story would continue, inviting us to reflect on the migration experience in our contemporary world.”

Talking Migration and Identity with Wajahat Ali


Wajahat Ali facilitates the first #PhillipsConversation in a monthly series this fall. Photo: Laura Hoffman

Last month, Wajahat Ali visited the Phillips to facilitate the first #PhillipsConversation in a monthly series taking place during the fall of 2016. We came up with the idea for these open conversations in the hopes that they would serve as a platform for audiences to further engage on larger issues represented in People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series. Each talk begins with a “big idea” and follows with questions related to the monthly #PhillipsConversation prompt on the first floor of the museum. Wajahat Ali’s discussion focuses on themes of migration and immigration. See the storify from the Phillips’s live tweets and participants inside and outside of the galleries below, and join us for the next #PhillipsConversation with Porchia Moore on Nov. 10.