“Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free” by artist Carolyn Lawrence (American, born 1940) Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free”, 1972. Acrylic on canvas, 48 1/2 x 50 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (123 x128 x 13.5 cm) Courtesy of the artist Carolyn Mims Lawrence (Photo: Michael Tropea)

ActivismArt

‘SOUL OF A NATION’ OPENS AT BROOKLYN MUSUEM

September 16, 2018

Opening this weekend at the Brooklyn Museum is the exhibition, ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’, an introspective and critical examination of the broad spectrum of Black artistry from 1963 to 1983—some of the most politically charged and socially revolutionary years in America’s history. Organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, and The Broad, Los Angeles, the show includes more than 150 pieces directly addressing “the unjust social conditions facing Black Americans” through graphic design, oblique references to racial violence, political prisoners, and activist assassinations, sculptures, and paintings.

The exhibit was curated by Tate Modern’s Mark Godfrey (Senior Curator, International Art) and Zoe Whitley (Curator, International Art), along with the Brooklyn Museum’s Ashley James (Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art). It features work from the likes of Faith Ringgold, Barkley Hendricks, Betye Saar, Emma Amos, and many others.

Barkley Hendricks (American, 1945–2017). Blood (Donald Formey), 1975. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 501/2 in. (182.9 x 128.3 cm). Courtesy of Dr. Kenneth Montague | The Wedge Collection, Toronto. © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the artist’s estate and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Betye Saar, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, 1972. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California. Photo by Benjamin Blackwell. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California.

1971-1972
Offset Lithograph On Paper
21 3/4 × 27 1/2 in.
55.2 x 69.9 cm
ACA Galleries
© 2018 Faith Ringgold, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’ is on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum September 14, 2018–February 3, 2019.

Related