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.
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02 / October
Art Class: Experimental Digital Photography
Saturdays, October 2 and 9 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.In this two-part class, students experiment with various photographic techniques including multiple exposure and physical print manipulation to create works inspired by the photography on view in the exhibition 30 Americans and the CMA collection. Participants must provide their own digital camera. Taught by CMA Senior Multimedia Producer Drew Baron. Ages 15 and up.
06 / October
Evening for EducatorsEducators from across the state are invited to visit the CMA for an evening of art, wine, and nibbles as they enjoy a sneak peek of our newest exhibition, 30 Americans. Dr. Minuette Floyd, professor of art education at UofSC, gives a talk on some major themes in the work of contemporary artists featured in the exhibition. Educators are invited to explore the galleries, learn about new tour scripts, and try out lesson plan materials focusing on 30 Americans.
08 / October
Members' 30 Americans Opening CelebrationCMA members are invited to an elegant preview reception of this epic exhibition featuring the work of acclaimed contemporary Black artists. The evening includes an opening lecture courtesy of Xaviera Simmons, one of the artists featured in 30 Americans. Face coverings required.
Susan Thorpe and John Baynes
Barbara B. Boyd
Leslie and Jeff Archie; Benedict College
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