30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.

30 Americans is drawn from the acclaimed holdings of the Rubell Family Foundation in Miami, Florida. New Yorkers Don and Mera Rubell began acquiring contemporary art in the late 1960s. Through their friendships with living artists, particularly young artists, the Rubells collected backwards and forwards, creating networks of intergenerational influence. As a result, the works that comprise the exhibition offer a stylistic conversation among artists of different decades and generations. Minimalism, abstraction, conceptualism, performance, new media, installation art, identity politics, deconstruction, street aesthetics, and the return of figuration—every major development in contemporary art over the past four decades is represented.


Artists in the exhibition include: Nina Chanel Abney, John Bankston, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Bradford, Iona Rozeal Brown, Nick Cave, Barkley L. Hendricks, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Lignon, Kalup Linzy, Kerry James Marshall, Rodney McMillian, Lona Simpson, Shinique Smith, Jeff Sonhouse, Henry Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas & Mickalene Thomas.  

30 Americans exhibition at the CAC made possible by The Helis Foundation.

Support for this exhibition comes from the following members of the CAC’s President’s Council:

Dathel and Tommy Coleman; Phelps Dunbar; Staci Rosenberg; Aimée and Mike Siegel

30 Americans Education and Public Programs

Nina Chanel Abney

John Bankston

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Mark Bradford

Iona Rozeal Brown

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

Gary Simmons

Xaviera Simmons

Lorna Simpson

Shinique Smith

Jeff Sonhouse

Henry Taylor

Hank Willis Thomas

Mickalene Thomas

Kara Walker

Carrie Mae Weems

Kehinde Wiley

Purvis Young

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