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Installation view, A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Photo by Mitro Hood

A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration

Overview

The Great Migration (1915–1970) saw more than six million African Americans leave the South for destinations across the United States. This incredible dispersal of people across the country transformed nearly every aspect of Black life and culture. A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration explores the ways in which its impact reverberates today through newly commissioned works across media by 12 acclaimed Black artists, including Akea Brionne, Mark Bradford,  Zoë Charlton, Larry W. Cook, Torkwase Dyson, Theaster Gates Jr., Allison Janae Hamilton, Leslie Hewitt, Steffani Jemison, Robert Pruitt, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, and Carrie Mae Weems.

The exhibition is co-curated by Jessica Bell Brown, Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art at the BMA and Ryan N. Dennis, Chief Curator and Artistic Director of the Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

The exhibition is co-organized by the Mississippi Museum and Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

Generous support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, Teiger Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by The Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Exhibition Endowment Fund and John Meyerhoff and Lenel Srochi-Meyerhoff.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.