October 27, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Kehinde Wiley. Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares (detail), 2005. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami
About the Exhibition
Drawn from the exceptional Rubell Family Collection and on view in the Roberts Gallery, 30 Americans presents works by 30 important and influential contemporary African American artists. From the canonical to the cutting-edge, these artists explore identity against a backdrop of pervasive stereotyping—of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class—addressing intersectional politics in unique and powerful ways.
The Barnes presentation marks the tenth anniversary of this groundbreaking show and its long-awaited debut in Philadelphia.
Left to right: Rashid Johnson, Nick Cave, Kalup Linzy, Jeff Sonhouse, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Barkley L. Hendricks, Hank Willis Thomas (front row), Xaviera Simmons, Purvis Young, John Bankston, Nina Chanel Abney, Henry Taylor, Mickalene Thomas (front row), Kerry James Marshall, and Shinique Smith. Photo by Kwaku Alston, December 5, 2008
Nina Chanel Abney
Barkley L. Hendricks
Kerry James Marshall
Hank Willis Thomas
Carrie Mae Weems
This beautifully illustrated catalogue highlights some of the most pressing social and political issues facing our country today. In addition to essays by Robert Hobbs, Glenn Ligon, Franklin Sirmans, and Michele Wallace, this expanded fourth edition contains new artworks and 22 commissioned writings by artists in the exhibition. (Hardcover, 224 pages.)
Included as part of the tenth-anniversary presentation at the Barnes is a new illustrated essay by curator Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw. (Softcover, 20 pages.)
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is organizing curator of 30 Americans and the curator of the presentation at the Barnes.
Works in this exhibition are from the Rubell Family Collection.
Generous support for this exhibition comes from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Aileen and Brian Roberts.
Critical support for all exhibitions comes from contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund:
Joan Carter and John Aglialoro • Julia and David Fleischner • Leigh and John Middleton • Jeanette and Joe Neubauer
John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Christine and Michael Angelakis, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, Lois and Julian Brodsky, N. Judith Broudy, Laura and Bill Buck, Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr., Gloria and John Drosdick, Eugene and Michelle Dubay, Christine and George Henisee, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Marguerite Lenfest, Victoria McNeil Le Vine, Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation, Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan, Kay and Michael Park, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Adele K. Schaeffer, Katie and Tony Schaeffer, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Stark, Joan F. Thalheimer, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Kirsten White, Anonymous.
With support from other contributing donors.