October 9, 2021 – January 17, 2022
30 Americans features an incredible “Who’s Who” list from among the most acclaimed Black artists of the last few decades, including Nick Cave, Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley.
These artists explore identity, triumph, tragedy, pride, prejudice, and wit in a provocative exhibition united by one nation and distinguished by 30 experiences. Being American is only one aspect of these artists’ identities, and their understanding of what that means is as varied as the art on view. Their work provides a dynamic showcase of contemporary art offering an intersectional series of varying gender, sexuality, and class perspectives.
This exhibition asks viewers to consider our places in this country. What you see is both part of a national conversation and an opportunity to contemplate the issues that shape our own communities.
Traveling throughout the United States for a decade with each museum tailoring its own selection of works, 30 Americans has helped fuel the drive to fill historical gaps in American museum collections.
Organized by the Rubell Museum.
Multimedia Gallery Tour of 30 Americans
Learn more about what you see in the galleries with this multimedia gallery tour. Find the tour stop numbers on the walls near the works discussed and find the matching number here to hear from the curator, professors, artists, and more.
02 / Thursday
FAAAC presents Sip & ScribbleJoin the Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) for the sixth edition of Sip & Scribble, an artful and soulful coloring book party. Relax with friends, enjoy one free glass of wine, and color pages illustrated by world-renowned South Carolina artist William H. Johnson while celebrating the opening of 22 South Carolinians, the companion show to 30 Americans.
02 / Thursday
Opening Celebration: Meet the Artists of 22 South CaroliniansMeet the artists of 22 South Carolinians during Free First Thursday at the CMA. 22 South Carolinians takes inspiration from the featured fall exhibition 30 Americans and highlights remarkable Black artists whose artistic practices have been shaped by their experiences in South Carolina, revealing unique portraits of creativity, culture, and visual storytelling.
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes
Barbara B. Boyd
Leslie and Jeffrey Archie; Benedict College
The Zvejnieks Foundation of South Carolina
30 Americans has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Image at top:
The Great White Way, 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street, 2001-2002
Digital video, Ed. 1/5
Duration: 5 min.
© William Pope.L. Courtesy Rubell Museum, Miami