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Frank Bowling, Melvin Edwards, Lorraine O'Grady

Art Is. . . (Girlfriends Times Two), 1983/2009

Frank Bowling, Melvin Edwards, and Lorraine O'Grady included in the group exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power curated by Mark Godfrey and Zoe Whitley. The Broad presentation is curated by Sarah Loyer, Associate Curator and Exhibitions Manager at The Broad, Los Angeles, CA.

Institution's press release:

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 decades, 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.

Tickets for this exhibition will be on sale beginning February 1, 2019.

This exhibition is organized by Tate Modern, London in collaboration with The Broad, Los Angeles, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas and Brooklyn Museum, New York. Curated by Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator, International Art and Zoe Whitley, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern.