Art in the Age of Black Power: Remarks on a San Francisco Art Exhibit

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This past weekend we treated ourselves to a visit to San Francisco’s de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, an outing we have been meaning to take for a number of months. We were moved by the current exhibit, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-83. This internationally acclaimed exhibition celebrates art made by Black artists during a time when issues of race and identity dominated public and private discourse. We wandered through the exhibit, lingering over some of the beautiful photographs of the “Black Light” gallery; returning for a second time to Norman Lewis’s work America the Beautiful, a haunting image of black-and-white figures that, upon closer inspection, reveals figures of the menacing hoods worn by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Timothy Anglin Burgard, Curator in Charge of American Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco notes, “The core messages and meanings of these historical works retain their contemporary relevance and resonance, showing how far the nation has progressed, but also how many important issues still remain unresolved.”

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“The artists featured in Soul of a Nation were on the front lines of creating social and political change,” says Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Their work changed the course of the art historical canon, and with this exhibition we continue to tell a truer, more holistic story of what American art is. The work is as relevant today as it was when created.”

Visit This Impressive San Francisco Bay Area Exhibit

This exhibit is only on display in San Francisco until March 15, 2020. We encourage you to take the time to make a visit to the de Young museum in beautiful Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

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