In conjunction with the exhibition One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North, Brooklyn-based artist Steffani Jemison (American, b. 1981) presents her new multipart commission Promise Machine.
As a part of this commission, Jemison presents her first musical collaboration at the Museum on June 25th, 27th, and 28th. Jemison's libretto is inspired by conversations with members of Harlem-based community organizations about black American literary and political visions of an ideal society. The performance is structured as a processional during which the performers address specific works in MoMA's collection including selections from Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series.
Beginning in the 5th Floor Painting and Sculpture Permanent Collection galleries, the performers will move down through the 4th floor galleries and into the Jacob Lawrence exhibition itself.