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Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power by Mark Godfrey

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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.

Moderated by Kristi McMillan, adult programs manager.

Book + Art

This 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. Books are available at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café for a 10% discount. To add your name to our Book + Art mailing list, click here or call 828.253.3227 x121.

Asheville Art Museum
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café
55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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