An exhibition of African-American arts has opened in Tate Modern, London. The Art Exhibition tagged “Soul of a Nation” is meant to shine “A bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history”, according to Tate website.
The exhibitions, which will run until 22 October, explore the responses of African-Americans, from artistical perspectives, the civil unrests of the1960s and the dreams for racial integration in the then USA. “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”, Tate says on its website.
“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, the website concludes.