The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents a dynamic lineup of Virtual Experience programming—artist talks, discussions, films, and more—to accompany the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Soul of a Nation Virtual Programs

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• Exhibition Overview
Presented by Kanitra Fletcher, assistant curator, modern and contemporary art.

• Exhibition Tour
(recorded / forthcoming)
Explore the galleries through video, audio, and installation photography.

• Houston Greeting & Exhibition Discussion
(recorded / forthcoming)
Hear from Soul of a Nation originating curators: Mark Godfrey, curator, Tate Modern, London; and Zoé Whitley, director, Chisenhale Gallery, London.

• Panel Discussion “Black Art & Activism”
Saturday, July 18, 3 p.m. (streaming)
Panelists: Soul of a Nation artists Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, and Gerald Williams. Moderator: Rebecca Zorach, Northwestern University.

• Panel Discussion “Black Art through the Lens”
Saturday, July 25, 3 p.m. (streaming)
Panelists: Soul of a Nation artists Dawoud Bey, Adger Cowans, and Ming Smith. Moderator: Deborah Willis, New York University.  

• Panel Discussion “Black Art & Abstraction”
Saturday, August 1, 3 p.m. (streaming)
Panelists include Soul of a Nation artists Melvin Edwards and William T. Williams. Moderator: Valerie Cassel Oliver, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 

• Panel Discussion “Black Art in Houston”
Saturday, August 8, 3 p.m. (streaming)
Panelists include Soul of a Nation artist Earlie Hudnall, Jr.; Michelle Barnes, Community Artists’ Collective; and artist Nathaniel Donnett. Moderator: Alvia Wardlaw, Texas Southern University.

• Panel Discussion “Black Cultural Organizations in Houston”
Saturday, August 15, 3 p.m. (streaming)
Panelists include artist Vicki Meek; Eileen Morris, the Ensemble Theatre; and Harrison Guy, Urban Souls Dance Company. Moderator: John Guess, Houston Museum of African American Culture.  

Soul of a Nation Virtual Cinema

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Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things
(Directed by Leslie Woodhead, 2019, 89 min.)
Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life, this documentary explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century, beginning with a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Streaming July 1–August 30

John Lewis: Good Trouble
(Directed by Dawn Porter, 2020, 96 min.)
Interviews and rare archival footage chronicle John Lewis’s 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration.
Streaming July 8–August 30

• Killer of Sheep
(Directed by Charles Burnett, 1978, 80 min.)
Featuring an extraordinary soundtrack and heralding  the “L.A. Rebellion” filmmakers at UCLA, this groundbreaking drama follows a sensitive dreamer (Houston-born Henry Gayle Sanders) who is fatigued by his job at a slaughterhouse. Preceded by When It Rains (Directed by Charles Burnett 1995, 13 min.) A musician spends New Year’s Day trying to help his friend pay the rent.
Streaming July 15–August 30

Cane River
(Directed by Horace Jenkins, 1982, 104 min.)
Crafted by an entirely African American cast and crew, this recently rediscovered classic is a racially charged love story set in Natchitoches Parish, a “free community of color” in Louisiana. 
Streaming July 22–August 30

Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed
(Directed by Shola Lynch, 2004, 76 min.)
This compelling documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first to seek nomination for the highest office in the land.
Streaming July 29–August 30

Bless Their Little Hearts
(Directed by Billy Woodberry, 1984, 84 min.)
Another key masterpiece from the “L.A Rebellion” filmmakers, Bless Their Little Hearts tells the story of a man (Nate Hardman) who views his chronic unemployment as a spiritual trial.
Streaming August 5–30

• Losing Ground
(Directed by Kathleen Collins, 1982, 86 min.)
At personal and professional crossroads, a young philosophy professor (Seret Scott) and her painter husband (Bill Gunn) leave New York City for a summer in the country and experience a reawakening.
Streaming August 12–30