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

    Where  ..........................................  De Young Museum, San Francisco CA
    When ............................................ November 9 - March 15, 2020
    Medium ......................................... Mixed Media (Paint, Sculpture, Photo, etc.)


“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.”     -James Baldwin

It is absolutely impossible to say that the cultural fabric of the United States would be rich as it is today without the influence and expression of African American art. And though many bigots may argue, African American artists have been reshaping the dichotomy of the United States for centuries - elevating the sounds and vision of our entire nation. 

In exploration of this universal fact, the De Young Museum is hosting the limited engagement, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983. The exhibit highlights Bay Area artistic pioneers throughout the foundation of the Black Panthers to the beginning of the Regan administration. 


  
         Cliff Joseph, 'Blackboard, 1969.
      
               Benny Andrews             Did the Bear Sit Under  a Tree?, 1969

 
With emphasis on art advocating for social activism, pieces of the exhibit exude the rebellion and the frustration for equality of the 60’s and 70’s. Simultaneously African American music and pop-culture is celebrated and noted for the reshaping and influence on the 20th century and for decades to come.


Not only is Soul of a Nation an opportune chance to see art that might have passed up in our American history books, but also a great chance to explore the De Young Museum, a gem in the middle of Golden Gate park that offers discounts to students and Bay Area residents regularly. 

Barkley L. Hendricks, 'What's Going On,’ 1974

Barkley L. Hendricks, 'Blood (Donald Formey),' 1975

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