Discussion Bound: Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark Godfrey« Back to Events
Second Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m.
Meet at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (55 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801)
This monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Pick up some tasty local fare at the Malaprop’s Café to make the most of your midday break! Books are available at Malaprop’s for a 10% discount.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark Godfrey
In the period of radical change that was 1963-1983, young black artists at the beginning of their careers confronted difficult questions about art, politics, and racial identity. How to make art that would stand as innovative, original, formally and materially complex, while also making work that reflected their concerns and experience as black Americans? Soul of a Nation surveys this crucial period in American art history, bringing to light previously neglected histories of 20th-century black artists, including Melvin Edwards, Sam Gilliam, Barkley Hendricks, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, and North Carolinian Romare Bearden. The book explores art-historical and social contexts with subjects ranging from black feminism, AfriCOBRA and other artist-run groups, to the role of museums in the debates of the period, and visual art’s relation to the Black Arts Movement.