More About BKM’s “Art in the Age of Black Power” Exhibit & The BSAC “Age of Black Power” Edition Lineup

The Brook­lyn Muse­um of Art’s “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Pow­er” exhib­it shines a light on a broad spec­trum of Black artis­tic prac­tice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most polit­i­cal­ly, social­ly, and aes­thet­i­cal­ly rev­o­lu­tion­ary peri­ods in Amer­i­can his­to­ry. Black artists across the coun­try worked in com­mu­ni­ties, in col­lec­tives, and indi­vid­u­al­ly to cre­ate a range of art respon­sive to the moment—including fig­u­ra­tive and abstract paint­ing, prints, and pho­tog­ra­phy; assem­blage and sculp­ture; and per­for­mance.

Many of the over 150 art­works in the exhi­bi­tion direct­ly address the unjust social con­di­tions fac­ing Black Amer­i­cans, such as Faith Ringgold’s paint­ing fea­tur­ing a “bleed­ing” flag and Emory Douglas’s graph­ic images of belea­guered Black city life. Addi­tion­al works present oblique ref­er­ences to racial vio­lence, such as Jack Whitten’s abstract trib­ute to Mal­colm X, made in response to the activist’s assas­si­na­tion, or Melvin Edwards’s con­tort­ed met­al sculp­tures. Work­ing as a col­lec­tive, mem­bers of the AfriCO­BRA group pre­sent­ed images of uplift and empow­er­ment. Barkley Hen­dricks, Emma Amos, and oth­ers paint­ed every­day por­traits of Black peo­ple with rev­er­ence and wit. All the artists embraced a spir­it of aes­thet­ic inno­va­tion, but some took this as their pri­ma­ry goal, often through exper­i­ments with col­or and paint appli­ca­tion.

This exhi­bi­tion will run from Sep­tem­ber 14th, 2018 to Feb­ru­ary 3rd, 2019 and bring togeth­er for the first time the excit­ing­ly dis­parate prac­tices of more than six­ty Black artists from this impor­tant moment, offer­ing an unpar­al­leled oppor­tu­ni­ty to see their extra­or­di­nary works side by side.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Pow­er is orga­nized by Tate Mod­ern in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Brook­lyn Muse­um and Crys­tal Bridges Muse­um of Amer­i­can Art, Ben­tonville, Arkansas, and The Broad, Los Ange­les, and curat­ed by Mark God­frey, Senior Cura­tor, Inter­na­tion­al Art, and Zoe Whit­ley, Cura­tor, Inter­na­tion­al Art, Tate Mod­ern. The Brook­lyn Muse­um pre­sen­ta­tion is curat­ed by Ash­ley James, Assis­tant Cura­tor, Con­tem­po­rary Art, Brook­lyn Muse­um.

Lead­er­ship sup­port for this exhi­bi­tion is pro­vid­ed by the Ford Foun­da­tion, the Ter­ra Foun­da­tion for Amer­i­can Art, Uni­ver­sal Music Group, and the Hen­ry Luce Foun­da­tion. Addi­tion­al sup­port is pro­vid­ed by the Brook­lyn Museum’s Con­tem­po­rary Art Com­mit­tee, the Arnold Lehman Exhi­bi­tion Fund, Christie’s, Ray­mond Learsy, Saun­dra Williams-Corn­well and W. Don Corn­well, Crys­tal McCrary and Ray­mond J. McGuire, Megan and Hunter Gray, the Hay­den Fam­i­ly Foun­da­tion, Car­ol Sut­ton Lewis and William Lewis, Valerie Ger­rard Browne, Hales Gallery, Tracey and Phillip Riese, Con­nie Rogers Tilton, and Jack Shain­man Gallery.


Burnt Sug­ar the Arkestra Cham­ber (Brook­lyn Muse­um of Art “Art in the Age of Black Pow­er” Edi­tion)
Greg Tate — conduction/guitar/laptop
Carl Han­cock Rux — vocals/spoken word
Bazaar Royale — vocals
Mikel Banks — vocals/conduction
Shel­ley Nicole — vocals
Julie Brown — vocals
Julia Kent — cello/electronics
V. Jef­fery Smith — tenor sax & effects
‘Moist’ Paula Hen­der­son — bari sax/ewi
Vijay Iyer- acoustic piano/electronics
Leon Gru­en­baum — keyboards/samchillian
André Las­salle — gui­tar
Ben Tyree — gui­tar
Jared Michael Nick­er­son — elec­tric bass
LaFrae Sci — trap drums