Now in its tenth year, 30 Americans has been, without question, this century’s most impactful exhibition of work by contemporary artists of African descent. Drawn from the exceptional Rubell Family Collection, the exhibition showcases painting, sculpture, photography, and video by some of the most influential African American artists of the past four decades. Their works explore identity against a backdrop of pervasive stereotyping—of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class.
Well over one million viewers from all backgrounds and walks of life have flocked to see 30 Americans.
A major attraction of the show is its rarity. Important exhibitions of contemporary art that reflect the lived realities of individual people of color or minority communities are seldom shown by mainstream museums. Not surprisingly, curious and excited audiences have turned out in record numbers.
Works of art can incite change and inspire us to envision ourselves as the creators of our own culture.
After a decade traveling the country, 30 Americans has finally come to Philadelphia, a racially diverse city with a rich creative culture and a variety of traditions deeply rooted in many of the same journeys explored in the exhibition.