Melvin Edwards in ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’
The exhibition 'Soul of a Nation' celebrates the work of more than 60 Black artists, made during two revolutionary decades in American history—beginning in 1963 at the height of the Civil Rights movement. In a wide and compelling range of works, 'Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power' brings into focus the varying aesthetic strategies and debates around what it has meant to be a Black artist.
'Soul of a Nation' includes artists from across the United States, with sections devoted to groups in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and, for the MFAH presentation, Houston. Among the many artists featured are Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Roy DeCarava, David Hammons, Lorraine O’Grady, Kermit Oliver, Faith Ringgold, and Betye Saar.