One of the most extraordinary aspects of this exhibition is that the Tate (the most prolific contemporary art museum in Europe) has taken so long to stage it. The rich and tortuous history of African-Americans during the civil rights movement is a period burgeoning with luminous examples of political leadership and creative giants who have been overshadowed and overlooked in social media and the art world’s fascination with millennial African-American pop culture.
Curator Mark Godfrey told the BBC: “We’ve done shows about American art for decades – it was a question of why hadn’t we done one on African-American art?…………..And there was every reason to do it as these are great artists making important work. We felt it was important to tell the story of this 20-year period when they were asking questions about the black aesthetic and what it means………..It’s a cohesive set of questions and a varied set of answers.”
So, who are the must see artists?