Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power: 1963-1983 | Broad Museum

by Christopher Andrew Armstrong

After opening to near universal acclaim last summer in London then finding its American audience at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas museum before relocating to the Brooklyn Museum in New York, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 debuts at The Broad on March 23rd,  which will give west coast dwellers their only opportunity to gaze upon the significant work created by Black artists over the span of two decades. Along with the exhibition’s unveiling, the Broad will host a litany of events this weekend which will give viewers the chance to engross their minds by engaging in enriching conversations with filmmakers such as Ava DuVernay and other poets, artists, and scholars in the Black community.   

Featuring ground-breaking work by influential minimalist and abstraction artists such as Noah Purifoy, Romare Bearden, and Barkley Hendricks, among many others, Soul of a Nation provides a rare glimpse into the face of art in America during a time period when the very basis of the idea was being radically shifted. Curated by Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley, the exhibition showcases pieces compiled from over 60 artists which artworks ranging from sculptures and paintings to street photography and murals.

On Saturday, March 23, The Broad celebrates Soul of a Nation’s opening day with Art and Politics: Soul of a Nation Symposium, which brings together artists whose work is featured in the exhibition along with acclaimed poets and filmmakers such as the Academy Award nominated director Ava DuVernay, the mastermind behind films such as Selma and 13th.  On Sunday, March 24th, festivities continue with The Un-Private Collection: Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley which hosts the curators of the exhibition for a conversation which will detail the process underwent when selecting artists for such an event, as well as the various themes highlighted throughout the collection.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 will be on display at the Broad museum in Los Angeles from March 23 - September 1