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

February 3 - April 23, 2018

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

Developed by the Tate Modern in London and debuting in the US at Crystal Bridges, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power examines the influences, including the civil rights movement, Minimalism, and abstraction, on artists such as Romare Bearden, Noah Purifoy, Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Alma Thomas, Charles White, and William T. Williams.



Free for Members and youth ages 18 and younger


Special Exhibition Drop-In Tour

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1 pmFebruary 3 - April 23, 2018

Meet one of our knowledgeable guides in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery for a 45-minute guided tour of highlights fromSoul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. The tour is free; exhibition ticket is required. Arrive five minutes prior to tour time.

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Some artists, galvanized by the spirit of the civil rights movement, created images that spoke of solidarity, strength, and resistance, while others focused primarily on color, form, and concept. Some works paid homage to legendary African American figures from the period, including political leaders Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis, musician John Coltrane, and sports hero Jack Johnson. The variety of artworks reflects the many viewpoints of artists and collectives at work during these explosive times.

Crystal Bridges is one of only two American venues to host this important exhibition, described as both powerful, and at times, challenging. Following its debut in Bentonville, the exhibition travels to the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

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Wadsworth Jarrell, Revolutionary, 1972, Screen print on paper, 37 × 26 1/2 in. Courtesy Lusenhop Fine Art. Copyright Wadsworth Jarrell. Photography: David Lusenhop.

Art work created by Smokehouse Associates, William T. Williams, Melvin Edwards, Guy Ciarcia and Billy Rose. Photograph by Robert Colton, New York, NY; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.

Exhibition is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, and Brooklyn Museum, New York. Curated by Lauren Haynes, Curator, Crystal Bridges and Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator, International Art, and Zoe Whitley, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern.

Sponsored at Crystal Bridges, in part, by Alturas Foundation, Hearne Fine Art, Perry Broadcasting of Arkansas, Philander Smith College, Esther Silver-Parker, Tony Waller, Walmart AAOC, Deborah Wright, James and Emily Bost, Sara Friedlander and Matthew Siegel, and Denise and Hershey Garner.