Something I vowed to do after moving to L.A. was to visit more museums, take in the art scene, and really dive into some culture.
Well, in early April, I had the good fortune to check out the amazing landmark exhibit Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 at the Broad Museum in DTLA. The museum’s website describes it thusly:
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists made over two revolutionary decades in American history, beginning in 1963 at the height of the civil rights movement. The exhibition examines the influences, from the civil rights and Black Power movements to Minimalism and developments in abstraction, on artists such as Romare Bearden, Barkley Hendricks, Noah Purifoy, Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Alma Thomas, Charles White, and William T. Williams. Los Angeles-based artists appear throughout Soul of a Nation, and more deeply in three specific galleries, foregrounding the significant role of Los Angeles in the art and history of the civil rights movement and the subsequent activist era, and the critical influence and sustained originality of the city’s artists, many of whom have lacked wider recognition.
Featuring the work of more than 60 influential 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.
The exhibition was certainly something to behold, and I am glad I had the opportunity to check it out. Below are photos of a few of my favorite pieces, but of course, nothing can compare to seeing these magnificent works in person.
Since my trip took place in the midst of VEDA 2019, I did vlog about my visit. You can see that video below.
If you’re in L.A., I highly suggest checking out Soul of a Nation. Tickets are available on the Broad’s website. The exhibit runs through Sept. 1.