‘Soul of a Nation’ shines a light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history. The exhibition opens in 1963 at the height of the Civil Rights movement. In its wake emerged more militant calls for Black Power: a rallying cry for African American pride, autonomy and solidarity, drawing inspiration from newly independent African nations. Artists responded to these times by provoking, confronting, and confounding expectations. Their momentum makes for an electrifying visual journey. Vibrant paintings, powerful murals, collage, photography, revolutionary clothing designs and sculptures – the variety of artworks reflects the many viewpoints of artists and collectives at work during these explosive times. Find out more about the ‘Soul of a Nation’ exhibition from the Tate’s website.
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