Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Extends “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”
Talk about timely. It was 2018, long before the death of George Floyd and the worldwide demonstrations it incited, when “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” had been scheduled
to appear at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, early this spring, after its run in the U.K., Arkansas, New York, and California. But due to another horror, the coronavirus, museums closed to the public. On May 23, however, the MFAH reopened to visitors and the exhibition, now more impactful than ever, has been extended through summer. 174 works by more than 60 Black artists, including the site-specific addition of over a dozen pieces by Texans, span eras—from the Civil Rights movement to the early ’80s—and mediums, organized into 13 sections, East Coast Abstraction, Black Heroes, and AfriCOBRA among them. The museum has also planned a series of panels with artists featured in the show, plus weekly films, all live-streamed from MFAH’s virtual museum experience.