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Black Heroes Week at Crystal Bridges

In memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and in honor of black icons, we’ll be celebrating black heroes at the museum April 4 through 7.

Admission to Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is free on Wednesday, April 4, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, where he gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. Photo: Famous Biographies.

In the following days, a variety of programs will honor black icons, including Performance Lab: Malcolm Revisited on April 5 and Distinguished Speaker Lecture on April 6, both featuring Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. The Performance Lab explores what it means to protect Black lives and art’s ability to open doors in difficult conversations. This performance is a homage to #BlackLivesMatter, Malcolm X, and the past and current freedom fighters in the movement.

Artist and activist Patrisse Cullors.

Artist and activist Patrisse Cullors.

On Saturday, April 7, drop-in artmaking from 1 to 4 pm will be inspired by the exhibition.

Soul of a Nation is on view through April 23 before it travels to the Brooklyn Museum.  The exhibition shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists to an important period in American history and art. Featuring the work of 60 artists and including vibrant paintings, powerful sculptures, street photography, murals, and more, this landmark exhibition is a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America. Tickets available here.

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

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is on view now through April 23.

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