Despite the exhibition’s opening date of April 1, Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor is no joke. An impressive group of nearly 60 works by the 20th-century American painter Jacob Lawrence celebrates a gift from the Kayden Family. With this, the Cantor is now home to one of the largest museum collections of Lawrence’s work.
The exhibition and accompanying catalog cover over five decades of Lawrence’s prolific career as a figurative painter, muralist, illustrator, printmaker and educator. In vivid colors and semi-cubist compositions, Lawrence dedicated his art to portraying facets of the African American experience, from the Great Migration to the Civil Rights movement (click below to see a slideshow of notable Lawrence images).