Actor Delroy Lindo (left) and artist Wadsworth Jarrell. ( Photo credit: A.R. Shaw for Steed Media)
The â€œSoul of a Nationâ€� art exhibit held its grand opening in San Francisco at the de Young Museum on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. A dedication to the Black Power movement of the 1960s and â€™70s, â€œSoul of a Nationâ€� transports attendees to a time when Black art embraced its struggle, power and beauty.
â€œSoul of a Nationâ€� features 150 gut-wrenching paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints created by more than 60 artists.
â€œBlack Princeâ€� by artist Wadsworth Jarrell is featured in the â€œSoul of a Nationâ€� art exhibit. (Photo credit: A.R. Shaw for Steed Media)
Artist Wadsworth Jarrell and his wife, fashion designer Jae Jarrell, were both in attendance. Wadsworth Jarrell created several pieces that are featured in the exhibit, including Malcolm X as â€œBlack Prince.â€� â€œBlack Princeâ€� is a portrait of Malcolm X made for the second AfriCOBRA exhibition in 1971. It is based on a 1963 photo of Malcolm X speaking in Harlem about â€œUncle Tom Negro preachers.â€� Jarrell uses excerpts from the speech in the artwork.
â€œWriting on the artwork was a part of our philosophy,â€� Wadsworth Jarrell said about his work. â€œI took the words â€˜Blackâ€™ and â€˜beautifulâ€™ and incorporated the Bs into the piece.â€�
Jae Jarrell also has a clothing piece called â€œHeritageâ€� featured in â€œSoul of a Nation.â€�
â€œMen should be protective of our women, and women should embrace our men, and the world would be well as a result,â€� Jae Jarrell said when asked what inspired her piece. â€œWe want good things to happen, good relationships.â€�
In a statement, Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, explained why â€œSoul of a Nationâ€� is important.
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