“Having no Negro history makes the Negro people feel inferior to the rest of the world,” he said in 1940. “I didn’t do it just as a historical thing, but because I believe these things tie up with the Negro today.”

Then just 23, Lawrence fused the conscientious social vision of the Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco with the flat planes of Cubist painters like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. As a result, he produced an abstract portrait of a people in motion, though often physically and spiritually burdened.

Jacob Lawrence’s sweeping suite of 60 panels chronicles the mass exodus of African Americans from the cotton belt to urban centers of the north.

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MoMA PopRally Presents Awol Erizku: Serendipity
Sunday, May 17, 2015
7:00–10:00 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art
Tickets ($25) are available online.

PopRally presents Serendipity, an evening of films and photography by Awol Erizku—including the premiere of his new film—featuring a special sound performance byMeLo-X.

The event includes a DJ set by Kitty Cash, an open bar, and special after-hours access to Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, a sweeping reinstallation of MoMA’s Contemporary Galleries.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The premiere screening of Serendipity begins promptly at 8:00 p.m., followed by a live performance by MeLo-X.

Awol Erizku is a Conceptual artist based in New York and Los Angeles. Erizku works in several mediums, including photography, sculpture, and video installation, and also uses his personal Tumblr and other social media channels to generate content in and around his studio practice.

MeLo-X is a multimedia artist and musician based in New York. Using original compositions, live remixes, video installation, and photography, MeLo-X’s work spans performance, music, fashion, and design.

Special Thanks to Sud de France wines. Beer for this event has been provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

Above: Photo by Awol Erizku

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This 15th century depiction of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino rescuing a shipwreck was an unusual—though appropriate—addition to the “Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism” exhibition at MoMA in 1936.

Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Saving a Shipwreck,” 1457, by Giovanni di

283. Clyfford Still. Painting, 1944. Dated by the artist 1944. Oil on canvas.         8′ 1/4″ x 7′ 3/4″ The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collections 

284. Clyfford Still. Painting. 1951. Oil on canvas. 7′10″ x 6′10″ Blanchette Rockefeller Fund. 

“Of all the major Abstract Expressionist painters, Still was the one least directly influenced by Cubist face. Like many of Still’s other mature works, this picture has a roughly applied, almost tar like counterparts in Dubuffet’s Mirobolus, concession to received ideas of pictorial beauty. A jagged red line cuts across this black expanse from the upper left of they mage and slams downward into the bottom framing edge like a lightning bold, itself deflected by the two jagged, yellow-white forms that crash through it at the top center of the image” (196).