A few days ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Tate Modern in London. The Tate Modern is an international modern and contemporary art museum and gallery that stands majestically on the bank of the Thames. It is connected to the St. Pauls side of the river via the Millennium Bridge which also happens to be is one of my favourite bridges of all times. This particular part of London is stunning to behold and I can look at the panoramic views for hours on end.
While at the Tate Modern, we visited the ‘Soul Of a Nation – Art In The Age of Black Power’ exhibition. The exhibition highlights the work of Black artists working in America in the two decades post 1963 and the height of the American Civil Rights Movement. These were turbulent times in America and these artists considered many pressing issues of identity and politics that are evident in this collection of works. My mind had a sobering response to many of the exhibits and one that naturally begs the question, “What, if anything, have we learned from history and how much has it affected our behavior today?” I have included some pictures of art that I was particularly drawn to.
What was also of great interest was my older child’s (who accompanied us) reaction to the exhibition. I have always found that while children may not actively engage with art in museums/galleries there is a passive absorption that takes place and manifests itself as questions that come later, as their young brains try to make sense of what they have seen. I think museum visits are a great way of exposing them to history presented in a different way than the classroom and one that triggers a very different reaction.
I always love going to the Tate Modern and they have amazing gift shops as well as great cafes and restaurants (with wine on tap) located throughout the building. For those who may not have spend time in this part of London, I highly recommend it! The Tate Modern has free entry and with St. Pauls on the other side of the bridge, you can make a whole day out of exploring the area.
Also, I have always been a fan of a monochrome look and grey works just as well as black. I love these grey loafers – style and comfort together are a sure shot winner for me. I hope you enjoy this article and thank you so much for reading my blog.
The exhibition runs until the 22nd of oct. at the Tate Modern.
Clothes and Accessories:
Sweater – Sofia Cashmere
Coat – COS
Jeans – Dorothy Perkins
Loafers – Louise et Cie
Handbag – Salvatore Ferragamo