30 Americans
Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville
October 11th, 2013 through January 12th, 2013

30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.

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Photo Credit: Kwaku Alston


Inside Our Process | Rubell Family


We only show art we own. That is a founding principle of the Rubell Family Collection, a principle that gives us tremendous freedom and enormous constraints. When we set out to conceptualize a new exhibition, we know we will only get the depth and quality we seek if we already have a strong foundation of works by a core group of artists. Once the exhibition is determined, we then collect into it, buying works that we consider essential right up to the closing date for the catalogue, just one month before the opening of the show...


Artists in the exhibition

Nina Chanel Abney
John Bankston
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Mark Bradford
Iona Rozeal Brown
Nick Cave
Robert Colescott
Noah Davis
Leonardo Drew
Renée Green
David Hammons

Barkley L. Hendricks
Rashid Johnson
Glenn Ligon
Kalup Linzy
Kerry James Marshall
Rodney McMillian
Wangechi Mutu
William Pope.L
Gary Simmons
Xaviera Simmons

Lorna Simpson
Shinique Smith
Jeff Sonhouse
Henry Taylor
Hank Willis Thomas
Mickalene Thomas
Kara Walker
Carrie Mae Weems
Kehinde Wiley
Purvis Young




Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk
June 14th – September 8, 2012

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk

March 16th, 2012 – July 15th, 2012

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
October 1st, 2011 – February 12th, 2012

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
March 20th, 2011 – September 4th, 2011



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Educational tour in the Rubell Family Collection

Schools Museum Educator Linda Manguel
interacts with students