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Complex Exchange: Communities of Yesterday & Tomorrow

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) have announced the participants for Complex Exchange: Communities of Yesterday and Tomorrow. This recurring series pairs Seattle community members from a variety of disciplines in conversations to tackle themes inspired by an exhibition.

This edition of Complex Exchange includes two free programs, one held at the Northwest African American Museum on March 23 to discuss An Elegant Utility, and one held at the Seattle Art Museum on April 12 to discuss Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series. Complex Exchange features presenters and practices that reference black experience and the lives of people of color from a local context.

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series (January 21–April 23, 2017) brings together all 60 panels of Lawrence’s masterwork—depicting the exodus of African Americans from the rural south between World War I and World War II—for the first time in more than two decades on the West Coast in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth.

An Elegant Utility (January 28–May 28, 2017) articulates the layered narratives of the Green family who settled in the Central District during the Great Migration. Collected photographs and artifacts explore the ways in which sociohistorical conditions produced their realities, how they navigated structural oppression, and how they continued to materialize their aspirations.

Free and open to the public; RSVP requested. More information and complete list of participants below.

Thur., Mar 23: Complex Exchange (Part 1/2)
Moderator: Inye Wokoma, filmmaker and visual artist
Presenters: Yirim Seck, rapper and performer; Brian Carter, heritage program lead at 4Culture; Vivian Phillips, chair of the Seattle Arts Commission
Live performance by Yirim Seck
7–9 pm at Northwest African American Museum

Wed., Apr 12: Complex Exchange (Part 2/2)
Moderator: Barbara Earl Thomas, artist and vice president of the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation
Presenters: David Pierre-Louis, executive director of Kay Tita; David Harris, cultural entrepreneur; Jade Solomon Curtis, dancer and choreographer
Live performance by Jade Solomon Curtis.
7–9 pm Seattle Art Museum

“The Migration Series, Panel 58: In the North the African American had more educational opportunities.,” 1940–41, Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917–2000, casein tempera on hardboard, 12 x 18 in., Gift of Mrs. David M. Levy, The Museum of Modern Art, © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY, © 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. An Elegant Utility image courtesy of Inye Wokoma.


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