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Wadsworth A. Jarrell, “Revolutionary (Angela Davis)” (1971), acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 64 x 51 in. (© Wadsworth A. Jarrell, image courtesy the Brooklyn Museum)

This Saturday, the Brooklyn Museum will host the opening celebration of their upcoming exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. The event begins at 10:30 am with a tour with assistant curator Ashley James, followed by a performance by Brooklyn-based dance company March Movements. Throughout the day, there will be a number of talks and panel conversations featuring curators, artists, and critics.

Barkley L. Hendricks, “Blood (Donald Formey)” (1975), oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 50 ½ in. (image courtesy Dr. Kenneth Montague | The Wedge Collection, Toronto, © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks, courtesy the artist’s estate and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, photo by Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum)

Later that night, the museum will host the Soul in the Horn dance party to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. At the party, guests can enjoy an after-hours viewing of the exhibition, along with horn-infused musical sets with hits from the 1960s through the 1980s. There will be DJ sets performed by DJ Natasha Diggs, DJ Spinna, and DJ Dorian Missick as well as horn instrumental performances by Casey Benjamin, Kenyatta Beasley, Rodney James, Kyla Moscovich, and Angeleisha L. Rodgers. Guests can also have their portrait taken by visual artists Rog and Bee Walker of Paper Monday.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power opens on Friday, September 14 and continues through February 3, 2019.

When: Saturday, September 15, 10:30 am–5:00pm, dance party at 9:00pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Deena ElGenaidi

Deena ElGenaidi is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden in 2016, and her work has appeared in Longreads, Electric Literature, and the Brooklyn Rail, among other publications....