This broad and powerful new exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum looks at Black artistry from 1963 through 1983. Specifically, this fascinating, groundbreaking show explores how black artists worked together and created communities throughout this time, and how those movements affected the art itself. Here’s everything to know about Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Brooklyn Museum.
Modern Social Significance
This timely exhibition fosters a dialogue in today’s current social climate. Looking at the work of artists like Faith Ringgold and Emory Douglas through a modern lense is a powerful reminder of protests still being waged.
The Sheer Volume of Artists and Art on Display
The minds behind this exhibition are worth keeping an eye on. First off, over sixty black artists are being showcased together for the first time. A partner of Nu Hotel, the Brooklyn Museum is also presenting this with Tate Modern, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and LA’s beloved institution The Broad, among others.
There are over 150 artworks on display in this exhibition. There’s a much-talked-about tribute to Malcolm X from abstract artist Jack Whitten. Melvin Edwards has a number of eccentric metal sculptures on display. Also, collective AfriCOBRA has a series of uplifting and empowering images on display. The list of names and unique pieces goes on and on.
The Soul of a Nation gallery will also host exciting, parallel events. On October 12th, for example, critically-acclaimed writer and poet Alice Walker is releasing her new bilingual book of poetry, which is entitled Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart. Feeling the words and presence of Walker in front of all this moving art promises to be a unique and memorable experience.
The Brooklyn Museum
Having partnered with The Brooklyn Museum in the past for its wildly popular David Bowie exhibit, Nu Hotel is a big fan of this Brooklyn institution. When you visit, you can enjoy new exhibits like this, as well as an exceptional permanent collection.