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30 Americans

30 Americans explores how artists shed light on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity.

Artists from the exhibition in front of Glenn Ligon's America, 2008, courtesy Rubell Family Collection, Miami

Artists from the exhibition in front of Glenn Ligon's America, 2008, courtesy of the Rubell Museum, Miami

On View
October 3, 2020–January 3, 2021

Hakim Bellamy, deputy director of the Cultural Services Department, takes you on tour of the expansive range of work on view in this not-to-be-missed-exhibition.

 

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT 
Bird On Money, 1981, acrylic and oil on canvas, 66 x 90 in. (167.6 x 228.6 cm), Rubell Family Collection, acquired in 1981

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Bird On Money, 1981, acrylic and oil on canvas, 66 x 90 in. (167.6 x 228.6 cm), Rubell Family Collection, acquired in 1981

KEHINDE WILEY,  Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares, 2005, oil on canvas, Rubell Museum

KEHINDE WILEY
Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares, 2005, oil on canvas, 108 x 108 in. (274.3 x 274.3 cm), Rubell Family Collection, acquired in 2005
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A comprehensive 224 page hardcover exhibition catalog with essays by Robert Hobbs, Glenn Ligon, Franklin Sirmans, and Michele Wallace is available to purchase from the Museum Store.

Details subject to change.

 

30 Americans showcases many of the most important contemporary artists from across the United States. Created from the 1970s to present, the artworks, including paintings, installations, sculptures, and videos, are aesthetically and thematically diverse. This provocative exhibition explores how artists shed light on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity.

30 Americans presents compelling art from three generations of African-American artists collected by the Rubell Museum in Miami, Florida. While the Rubell collection does not encompass a comprehensive representation of African American art in the United States, it does provide a sampling of important paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and installations that reveal some of the complexities of African-American culture as well as a tension inherent in artistic expression: a tension between the freedom to articulate individual experiences and the powerful social, cultural, and economic forces that shape that freedom. Being American is only one aspect of these artists’ identities, and their understanding of what it means to be American is as varied as the artworks on view. 

The artists in 30 Americans ask viewers to reconsider their own identity and to contemplate our place in this country. We invite you to consider the artworks in this exhibition not only as part of a national conversation, but also as an opportunity to reflect on the issues that shape our community.

Artists in the exhibition

Nina Chanel Abney
John Bankston
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Mark Bradford
Nick Cave
Robert Colescott
Noah Davis
Leonardo Drew
Renée Green
David Hammons
Barkley L. Hendricks
Rashid Johnson
Glenn Ligon
Kalup Linzy
Kerry James Marshall
Rodney McMillian
Wangechi Mutu
William Pope.L
Rozeal
Gary Simmons
Xaviera Simmons
Lorna Simpson
Shinique Smith
Henry Taylor
Hank Willis Thomas
Mickalene Thomas
Kara Walker
Carrie Mae Weems
Kehinde Wiley
Purvis Young 

This exhibition was organized by the Rubell Museum, Miami.

The exhibition will be on view in Gallery 1.