Boston’s Apollo: Sargent’s model and hidden black nobility in American art

Boston’s Apollo, Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent, an exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, was meant to examine a contradiction of race and visibility. Its intended run, from 13 February to 17 May, was curtailed by the coronavirus outbreak. Fortunately, we are left with a handsome and well-illustrated catalog from Yale University Press.

The Forgotten History of ‘Soul Man’

“Soul Man,” written by creative duo Isaac Hayes and David Porter, soared into the popular music charts even as it expressed, at a difficult time, the pride of many black Americans. The song appeared at a crucial moment in the civil rights struggle. City after city was beset by rioting: New York and Philadelphia in 1964, Los Angeles in  1965, and Detroit in 1967—the year the song was written, recorded, and released.