Tate Modern presents “Soul of a Nation”, an exhibition exploring how social and political issues played out among and beyond African American artists from 1963 to 1983.
What did it mean to be a Black artist in the USA during the Civil Rights movement and at the birth of Black Power? What was art’s purpose and who was its audience? Tate Modern presents “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”, a landmark exhibition exploring how these issues played out among and beyond African American artists from 1963 to 1983.
At a time when race and identity became major issues in music, sport and literature, brought to public attention by iconic figures like Aretha Franklin, Muhammad Ali and Toni Morrison, ‘Black Art’ was being defined and debated across the country in vibrant paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures. Featuring more than 150 works by over 60 artists, many on display in the UK for the first time, Soul of a Nation is a timely opportunity to see how American cultural identity was re-shaped at a time of social unrest and political struggle.
until 22 October 2017
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
curated by Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley, with assistant curator Priyesh Mistry