Betye Saar will participate in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Brooklyn Museum, an exhibition that brings together for the first time the practices of more than sixty black artists from 1963 to 1983. The time period was one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary in history, especially for black artists whose work was created in response to both sociopolitical movements and artistic innovation at the time.
Many of the over 150 works in the exhibition, including Saar’s “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” directly address the unjust social circumstances for black Americans. Saar’s acrylic painting reclaims the narrative of the mammy character, an offensive and stereotypical caricature of the black woman popularized during the Jim Crow era. Other works in the show reference a history of racial violence, present uplifting images of empowerment, and portray black people in their everyday lives with reverence and wit.
Betye Saar: Participating in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
September 14, 2018 – February 3, 2019
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238