Tate Modern Conference

Black Art, Black Power: Responses to Soul of a Nation

Painting of a person with an afro hairstyle

Wadsworth Jarrell, Revolutionary 1972 Private Collection © Wadsworth Jarrell

Join leading artists, academics and curators from the UK and USA for this landmark event

This day-long conference brings together acclaimed contributors from the UK and USA for a series of unique presentations and rich panel discussions that explore the art, artists and social histories featured in the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Topics of discussion include the role of key cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York in the development of American art in the 1960s and 70s, the influence of American art on British artists in the 1980s and beyond, and contemporary artistic responses to new forms of social and political change.

Contributors include: Sampada Aranke (San Francisco Art Institute), Barby Asante (artist), Kevin Beasley​ (artist), Margo Natalie Crawford (Cornell University), Elvira Dyangani Ose (Creative Time and Goldsmiths, University of London), Tuliza Fleming (National Museum of African American History and Culture), Mark Godfrey (Tate), Lubaina Himid (artist; University of Central Lancashire), Kellie Jones (Columbia University), Melanie Keen (Iniva), Daniel Matlin (King’s College London), Marlene Smith (artist and curator), Luke Willis Thompson (artist), Sherry Turner DeCarava (art historian) and Zoe Whitley (Tate).

This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD​

Conference Programme

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

13 October 2017 at 10.30–18.00

Supported by

The J Isaacs Charitable Trust