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John Sonsini | The Phillips Collection

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Natalie Bell in partnership with the New Museum, New York and based on the exhibition The Restless Earth, which was shown at the Triennale in Milan in 2017, this exhibition will present historical and contemporary works by 75 artists—from the United States as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more—whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis.

Through installations, videos, paintings, and documentary images, The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement will explore both real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing personal and collective tales of migration. Overlaying historical experiences of migration to and within the United States with the current plight of refugees around the world, the exhibition will bring together a multitude of voices and expose the universality of migration as an experience shared by many. The exhibition will also focus on how artists bear witness to both historical events and more subtle shifts in cultural landscapes.

Borrowing a line from author Richard Wright (1908–1960), and sharing its title with Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning book on the Great Migration, The Warmth of Other Suns is anchored by an important reference to the decades-long exodus of over six million African-Americans from the brutality and discrimination that ruled the American South. Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series (1940-41), a celebrated masterpiece of The Phillips Collection, is one of several works in the show.

The exhibition is organized by The Phillips Collection in partnership with the New Museum in New York.