Now Booking Tate Modern Exhibition

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

Until 22 October 2017

Free entry for Members

Barkley L. Hendricks Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved any Black People – Bobby Seale) 1969 Collection of Liz and Eric Lefkofsky © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Superman S-Shield © & ™ DC Comics. Used with permission​ 

Soul of a Nation shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history

Video placeholder

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.

Benny Andrews Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree 1969 Emanuel Collection © Estate of Benny AndrewsDACS, LondonVAGA, NY

Benny Andrews Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree 1969 Emanuel Collection © Estate of Benny Andrews/DACS, London/VAGA, NY

-	Carolyn Mims Lawrence Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free 1972 Collection & © Carolyn Mims Lawrence

Carolyn Mims Lawrence Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free 1972 Collection & © Carolyn Mims Lawrence

-	William T. Williams Trane 1969 Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, USA) © William T. Williams; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

William T. Williams Trane 1969 Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, USA) © William T. Williams; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

-	Betye Saar Eye 1972 Collection of Sheila Silver and David Limburger © Betye Saar. Courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California.  Photo Robert Wedemeyer

Betye Saar Eye 1972 Collection of Sheila Silver and David Limburger © Betye Saar. Courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California. Photo Robert Wedemeyer

Venue

Tate Modern
Bankside
London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit

Dates

12 July – 22 October 2017

Pricing

£15 FREE for Members

Adult £15

Concession £13.10

Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
Family tickets (two adults and two children 12–18 years) available by telephone or in the gallery

The next Uniqlo Tate Late on Friday 25 August 2017 is celebrating Soul of a Nation with a programme of events and free entry to the exhibition. Advance booking strongly advised. Free exhibition tickets can be booked in advance by phone and a very limited number will be available in person in the gallery on a first-come-first-served basis. (Offer valid on visits from 18.00 only.)

Make a day of it and visit both Soul of a Nation and Giacometti (until 10 September 2017) with a free drink in between for £28. Offer is bookable via the Giacometti exhibition page

Love food? Enjoy delicious soul-inspired food at our Restaurant. Two courses and a ticket to Soul of a Nation for £29. Sample dishes include: Cajan crabcakes, buttermilk hush puppies, hickory smoked brisket, salt cod and vanilla panna cotta, with sommelier wine and beer pairings available. Offer available 12.00 - 15.00 Monday - Sunday, plus 18.00 - 21.00 Friday and Saturday (except Friday 25 August 2017 for Uniqlo Tate Late). Exhibition ticket valid any time on the same day. Please select preferred seating time when booking.

Help Tate by including a voluntary donation and enabling Gift Aid during your ticket purchase

School groups must be booked in advance

Tickets can be booked up to 8 hours in advance online or up to 24 hours in advance by telephone on +44 (0)20 7887 8888

Stay in the know

Be among the first to hear about all the latest Tate exhibitions, events, courses, and news

Sign up to Tate emails 

Related events

We recommend