30 Americans is an exploration of contemporary American art. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, video, and more made by African American artists since 1970 raise questions of what it means to be a contemporary artist and an African American today. Whether addressing issues of race, gender, sexuality, politics, or history-or seemingly remaining silent about them-the works featured offer powerful interpretations of cultural identity and artistic legacy. Kehinde Wiley's vibrant portraits of young, urban, African Americans contribute to this dialogue in contemporary American art.
30 Americans is drawn from the acclaimed collection 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.
The exhibition runs from 14 June to 8 September 2013.