PREVIEW: Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Tate Modern

From the 12th July, Tate Modern will display a exhibition examining what it meant to be a black artist in the USA during the Civil Rights movement and the birth of Black Power. 

Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved Any Black People- Bobby Seale), (c)Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. 

The exhibition which will on display to the public until the 22nd October aims to reveal the contribution made by black artists in one of the most important parts of American history.

Bring 150 pieces of art together, Soul of a Nation focuses on a time when race and identity were major issues in music, sport and literature brought to the attention of the public by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Muhammad Ali and Toni Morrison.

Featuring the work of sixty artists, the display showcases how they responded to the times by creating work that was provoking, confronting, and confounding expectations.

The art on display will be a combination of vibrant paintings, powerful murals, collage, photography, revolutionary clothing designs and sculptures made with Black hair, melted records, and tights, all reflecting the many different points of view during these turbulent times.

Some of the artists and their work engaged with leading figures of the period including Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis.

The exhibition will introduce visitors to the work of artists including Romare Bearden, Frank Bowling, Roy DeCarava, Sam Gilliam, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady, Faith Ringgold and Betye Saar.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power will be on display at Tate Modern from the 12th July until the 22nd October. For more information visit: 


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