Jacob Lawrence. This is Harlem. 1943. At the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, image via MoMA
In conjunction with the MoMA’s exhibit One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North, the museum has released an online walking tour to experience the Harlem that inspired Jacob Lawrence as a young painter. The tour is narrated by WQXR host Terrance McKnight, with commentary by Harlem leaders. Here’s a recap of the locations included in the tour, many that have been covered on Untapped Cities in the past:
Jacob Lawrence remembers transferring paintings onto the walls of a WPA mural series here with his artistic mentor, Charles Alston. The murals are inside but recreated on the newer glass exterior. Harlem Hospital was also been location where Martin Luther King, Jr. was taken after he was stabbed in Harlem and where Malcolm X headlined a coalition of activists and politicians who supported the workers striking for better wages and benefits.