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

March 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


This exhibition flips the idea of ‘black art’ on its head, tracing an under looked 20-year period of creative innovation among African-American artists.

With works from over 60 artists, “Soul of a Nation” shines a light on how social and political movements like civil rights and Black Power crossed paths with developments in Minimalism and abstraction. Artists include Romare Bearden, Barkley Hendricks, Noah Purifoy, Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Alma Thomas, Charles White and William T. Williams.

The examination of of two decades of Black artists originated at London’s Tate Modern, during which Time Out London lauded its assembly of overlooked artists. The exhibition is divided into sections devoted to different kinds of art production and artists from specific cities—including three galleries about Los Angeles.

Tickets, which cost $18 and include same-day admission to the rest of the museum, go on sale Friday, February 1 at noon. In addition, the Broad will offer free admission to the exhibition every Thursday from 5 to 8pm.

In addition, the exhibition will mark its opening day with the off-site Soul of a Nation Symposium, a day of artist talks, poetry and conversations at Little Tokyo’s Aratani Theatre ($20, includes exhibit admission). The following day, the Broad will host the latest edition of its Un-Private Collection conversation series with insight from curators Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley ($18, includes exhibit admission).


March 23, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Broad Museum
221 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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