Where are you from? Where are you going? Most importantly, why are you taking the journey? Can you sum all of that up in one picture?
In her book The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson chronicles the Great Migration, when, over a span of sixty years, six million African Americans journeyed out of the Jim Crow South to cities in the North and West in search of better lives for themselves and their progeny. Some of our country’s greatest artists, like Romare Bearden, participated in this phenomenon when they were young and went on to relate the experience through their art. Other artists, like photographer Dorothea Lange, compassionately documented the immigrants’ struggle.
On October 6, we invite Road Scholar Gail Williams to Central to give a presentation on how art can illuminate aspects of the immigrant journey in ways that are immediate and enduring, unique and universal. This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Picturing America: Immigration in North Carolina
Saturday, October 6th
Central Library Auditorium