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Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Where: Tate Modern, London

Pictures Allowed: Yes

Kid Friendly: Yes

Open: Sunday – Thursday 10.00 -18.00, Friday – Saturday 10.00 -22.00

Price: £15 / £13.10

The Soul of a Nation exhibition explores artistic dialogues of African American art history. It documents and celebrates the works of Black artists from 1963, at the height of the Civil Rights movement.

The exhibition powerfully addresses a number of themes, a seemingly complex conversation and the way in which these artists have responded to monumental political and cultural change. Especially at a time when many artists were excluded from mainstream museums, but as a result, positioned their work beyond conventional gallery spaces - which spurred on and mobilised black and local audiences.

A relatively large exhibition encompassed of 12 rooms. Each room has a very distinct, brave tone of voice, some being more severe than others. It is essentially a reminder of the bloodshed, atrocities and adversity African Americans faced at this time – and continue to face.

Regardless of ones ethnicity, this is a must see, a well-balanced and honest exhibition on the Black experience and a prominent point in history. The exhibition theme can be viewed as a process, beginning with unyielding violence against blacks, the resistance and how they overcame this, and eventually leaving you with a sense slight sense of optimism.

Words: Maggie Ibiam

Barkley L. Hendricks - Icon for My Man Superman (Superman never saved any black people - Bobby Seale)

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