A new artistic exhibition arrives at the Tate Modern this month. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power shines a bright light on the vital contribution of black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history.
The show opens in 1963 at the height of the Civil Rights movement and its dreams of integration. 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 made with Black hair, melted records, and tights – the variety of artworks reflects the many viewpoints of artists and collectives at work during these explosive times.
Some engage with legendary figures from the period, with paintings in homage to political leaders Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Angela Davis, musician John Coltrane and sporting hero Jack Johnson. Muhammad Ali appears in Andy Warhol’s famous painting.
This landmark exhibition is a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.
DATES: 12th July – 22 October 2017
See more and book tickets here.
A playlist of music from the 60s and 70s will accompany the exhibition, including many jazz tracks; all selected by the exhibition curators Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley. Soul Jazz Records are also releasing a new album, ‘Soul of a Nation’, which will go on sale alongside the show from Sounds of the Universe – the track list is below…
1. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry – Sounds From The Bush
3. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Red, Black and Green
4. Philip Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Malcolm X
5. Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweet Songs
6. Phil Ranelin – Vibes From The Tribe
7. Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – Desert Fairy Princess
8. David McKnight – Strong Men
9. Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
10. Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms)
11. Doug Carn – Suratal Ihklas
12. Duke Edwards and The Young Ones – Is It Too Late?
13. Carlos Garnett – Mother Of the Future