The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
Jacob Lawrence. The Migration Series. 1940-41. Panel 33 of 60: "People who had not yet come North received letters from their relatives telling them of the better conditions that existed in the North.” Casein tempera on hardboard, c. 12 x 18" (30.5 cm x 45.7 cm). The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1942. © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.  Photograph courtesy The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

In conjunction with One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North, MoMA has commissioned ten celebrated poets, selected by Elizabeth Alexander, to write poems inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, which are included in the exhibition catalogue and website. This event, moderated by Alexander, presents debut readings of these poems by Rita Dove, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Patricia Spears Jones, Natasha Trethewey, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Crystal Williams, and Kevin Young.

Tickets ($15; $10 members and corporate members; $5 students, seniors and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.