Art in the Age of Black Power

3 February - 23 April 2018

During the rise of the Black Power movement, many Black artists were asking fundamental questions about their role: Should a work of art communicate a direct political message? Could it be abstract? What audience should be addressed? Is there a ‘Black art’ or a ‘Black aesthetic’?

Soul of a Nation—organized by the Tate Modern, and debuting in the US at Crystal Bridges—is a look at how American culture was reshaped through the work of Black artists during the tumultuous 1960s, ‘70s, and early ‘80s. The exhibition features more than 150 artworks, beginning with works by the Spiral group, a New York-based collective who opened up questions of the role of artists in the Civil Rights movement. From there, the exhibition traces the impact of the growing Black Power movement on Black artists, and explores the many ways these artists worked to protest discrimination, rally people to their cause, and celebrate Black culture.

This landmark exhibition features artworks by more than 60 Black artists, including Romare Bearden, Melvin Edwards, Betye Saar, Faith Ringgold, Charles White, Alvin Loving, Alma Thomas, and Lorraine O’Grady. Soul of a Nation opens a window onto the heart of the Black Power movement in all of its beauty, pride, power, and aspiration

Crystal Bridges is one of only two American venues to host this important and eye-opening exhibition. Following its debut at Crystal Bridges, the exhibition travels to the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Exhibition is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, and Brooklyn Museum, New York. Curated by Lauren Haynes, Curator, Crystal Bridges and Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator, International Art, and Zoe Whitley, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern

Soul of a Nation is sponsored in part by:

Hearne Fine Art , Philander Smith College, Esther Silver-Parker, Deborah Wright, James and Emily Bost

https://crystalbridges.org/exhibitions/soul-of-a-nation/
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
sdaamfa1 [at] gmail [dot] com
479.418.5700

Museum Hours:
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Admission to the exhibition is $10

Related Links:

Faith Ringgold is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts Professor Emerita. For more about her work, please visit:
http://visarts.ucsd.edu/faculty/faith-ringgold
http://www.faithringgold.com

Image Credit:
Faith Ringgold, From the Series American People: Die #20, 1967.
Image is courtesy of Artist Faith Ringgold.

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