Friday, January 04, 2008

Reproduction Controversy in the News

Two exhibitions are sparking controversy and raising questions about the power of the print about Jacob Lawrence and his seminal work, The Migration of the Negro which completed in the 1940s. Triple Candie and the Whitney both have exhibitions up - the Triple Candie show is raising controversy in that they are showing the entire series as reproductions while the Whitney is showing only 17 of the 60 images. Lawrence conceived of the series as one work. The debate is interesting in that the reproductions shown in their entirety are more powerful than the singular images removed from their original context. Somehow, the ghost of Walter Benjamin's aura argument continues to circle.

Related Links
Triple Candie exhibition:
Undoing the Ongoing Bastardization of the Migration of the Negro by Jacob Lawrence

"Visions of a People in Motion" by Holland Cotter, New York Times, December 28, 2007

Whitney Museum exhibition

And The Trains Kept Coming Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series on Tour funded by NEA

Jacob Lawrence at the Phillips Collection in DC

other blogs on exhibition

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