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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.

Drawn from the exceptional Rubell Family Collection, this special exhibition includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Bradford, Nick Cave, Barkley L. Hendricks, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Kehinde Wiley.

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is organizing curator of 30 Americans and the curator of the presentation at the Barnes.

Image: Kehinde Wiley. Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares (detail), 2005. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami

Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19130



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