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Artist Jacob Lawrence got his first national recognition for his Migration Series, a group of paintings on cardboard that chronicled the movement of African-Americans from the deep South to the industrial North in the years following World War I. But he also documented other eras in American history in his figurative paintings, and the Phillips Collection brings together, for the first time, 12 panels that tell the story of America, beginning with the Revolutionary War and concluding with the westward expansion of 1817. Lawrence originally intended for the series to include 60 paintings, but only completed 30 and sold them to a private collector in 1959. The artist’s perceptions of history remain relevant nearly half a century later, and the 12 works presented at the Phillips give viewers a chance to experience his broad body of work as he approached a career turning point. The exhibition is on view Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays noon to 7 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 387-2151. phillipscollection.org.