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Picket Fence to Picket Line: Visions of American Citizenship

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Since 2014 the Worcester Art Museum has served as an official polling station for the local community. Now, in 2016, the Museum will participate in one of the most electrifying political years in recent memory. _Picket Fence to Picket Line_ will foster meaningful dialogue surrounding this year's presidential election and connect to our active population of voters. It will inspire visitors to confront one of the most highly charged questions in contemporary political discourse: What is citizenship? As part of the exhibit, the November [Masters Series](http://www.worcesterart.org/events/master-series/ "") lecture will feature Valerie J. Mercer, Curator of the General Motors Center for African American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, will discuss Jacob Lawrence’s **‘The 1920s....Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots’** (pictured).

**Valerie J. Mercer** is the first curator of African American art and Head of the General Motors Center for African American Art at The Detroit Institute of Arts. Prior to her move to Detroit, Mercer was an adjunct professor for two years at The City College of New York and visiting lecturer at The Rhode Island School of Design, teaching courses on modern and contemporary art. Mercer developed her curatorial experience working at The Studio Museum in Harlem for seven years, leaving there in 1999 as senior curator. Among the numerous exhibitions she curated at The Studio Museum were the nationally toured Explorations in the City of Light: African-American Artists in Paris, 1945-1965 and The Studio Museum in Harlem: 25 Years of African-American Art; and a solo exhibition on the paintings and works on paper of renowned abstract artist William T. Williams. She wrote essays for the catalogs that accompanied these exhibitions and has written articles for \_The New York Times\_.