From the start of planning Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, our content team knew how rich the material was related to this exhibition. Artists showed their artwork together, traveled to and lived in different cities, and created various galleries, exhibitions, murals, and groups.
The artwork in Soul of a Nation is diverse and extensive at covering these periods, but to further explain and connect the cultural movements behind many of these works, we created a print guide for a deeper dive. This guide correlates with each of the twelve rooms in the exhibition and includes lists of important talks, films, literature, and music of the time.
We’ve now made the print guide available to you at home! Throughout the guide, we’ve included links to several sources for additional information.
As a soundtrack to your reading, follow our two Spotify playlists inspired by the exhibition: The Greats (ft. artists such as Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, and more) and Improvisation & Experimentation (ft. artists such as Miles Davis and The Last Poets). The exhibition celebrates many Black heroes, including the artists themselves. Check out this YouTube playlist to see and listen to some of these figures in their own words.
Click the image below to visit the interactive guide! We hope you enjoy learning even more about this seminal time (1963-1983) and the seminal artists in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of the Black Power.