Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Sat Nov 9 (full schedule below)
de Young Museum
9:30am - 5:15pm
Art, Museums


The internationally acclaimed exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power will travel to San Francisco this fall. Celebrating the works that African American artists created during two pivotal decades in American history (1963–1983), the exhibition—organized by Tate Modern, London—examines the very purpose of art and the role of artists in society. Featuring more than 150 works by over 60 artists, the de Young museum presentation will uniquely include works closely connected to the San Francisco Bay Area. Soul of a Nation captures a turbulent time when race and identity were central issues in American society, much as they continue to be today.

“The artists featured in Soul of a Nation were on the front lines of creating social and political change,” says Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Their work changed the course of the art historical canon, and with this exhibition we continue to tell a truer, more holistic story of what American art is. The work is as relevant today as it was when created. It is my distinct honor to welcome this incredibly important exhibition to the de Young museum in San Francisco and introduce these artists to the next generation of changemakers.”

Image Credit: Barkley L. Hendricks, "What's Going On", 1974, oil, acrylic, and magna on cotton canvas, © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of the artist’s estate and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA
Sat Nov 9 (9:30am - 5:15pm)
Sun Nov 10 (9:30am - 5:15pm)
Tue Nov 12 (9:30am - 5:15pm)
Wed Nov 13 (9:30am - 5:15pm)
Thu Nov 14 (9:30am - 5:15pm)


  1. de Young Museum 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA