​Wadsworth Jarrell Revolutionary 1972 Private Collection © Wadsworth Jarrell
Free for Members Tate Modern Exhibition

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

12 July – 22 October 2017

Free entry for Members

​Wadsworth Jarrell, Revolutionary 1972 Private Collection © Wadsworth Jarrell

A rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America 

Spanning the period 1963–83, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power explores how the category ‘Black Art’ was defined, rejected and redefined by artists across the United States. Most of the works are on display in the UK for the first time and introduce the UK audience to American artists such as Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar, alongside prominent British Guyanese painter Frank Bowling who was resident in New York much of this time.

Beginning with the establishment of Spiral art collective in 1963, the exhibition explores how debate raged among and beyond African American visual artists as to what it meant to make and show art, who it was for and how to relate it to the Civil Rights movement and other campaigns for racial empowerment. 


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12 July – 22 October 2017


FREE for Members

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