Civil Rights Exhibit at the Tate Modern Features Manhattanville Professor's Work


Civil Rights Exhibit at the Tate Modern Features Manhattanville Professor's Work

August 9, 2017 • Anonymous

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Manhattanville's Randy Williams has two pieces in "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power," currently being exhibited at the Tate Modern.

The exhibit explores how the Civil Rights movement and the birth of Black Power in the United States played out among African American artists from 1963 to 1983, a release from the Tate Modern said. The more than 150 works in “Soul of a Nation,” include paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures from over 60 artists.

“I feel honored to be in an exhibition with so many great artists,” Williams said.

He continued to say that he hopes that visitors to “Soul of a Nation” actively engage with the exhibition and get a context of America’s history during that time period. Following it’s time at Tate Modern, “Soul of a Nation” will tour to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Williams’ pieces in the exhibit are “Color in Art,” which is created from wooden window shutters, book, Plexiglas, acrylic paint canvas, and rope, and “Subway Songs for 4 Painters,” a drawing/diagram for a performance piece.

“The work was created in 1976 (31 years ago). My concern is that there are still Americans that prefer the practice of exclusion. My current work is still addressing parallel themes,” the art professor said.

In addition to teaching students at Manhattanville and being an active artist, Williams serves as an educational consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum, Storm King Sculpture Park, and the Neuberger Museum.