“30 Americans” exhibition of leading African American art opens at the Corcoran

Acclaimed sculptor Lilian Burwell and artist Stan SquirewellAcclaimed sculptor Lilian Burwell and artist Stan Squirewell

HUNDREDS OF art aficionados gathered at the Corcoran Gallery of Art last evening for the festive reception for the opening of “30 Americans,” an exhibition of 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.

Kirsten Kaplan of Haus Interior DesignKirsten Kaplan of Haus Interior Design

A variety of performances was part of the opening receptionA variety of performances was part of the opening reception

SELECTED FROM the Rubell Family Collection, the exhibition brings together seminal figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons with younger and emerging artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Shinique Smith. “30 Americans” explores how each artist reckons with the notion of black identity in America, navigating such concerns as the struggle for civil rights, popular culture, and media imagery. At the same time, it highlights artistic legacy and influence, tracing subject matter and formal strategies across generations.

Artwork by Iona Rozeal Brown titled, "Sacrifice #2: it has to last (after Yoshicoshi's 'Drowsy the appearance of a harlot of the Meiji era')," 2007 Artwork by Iona Rozeal Brown titled, “Sacrifice #2: it has to last (after Yoshicoshi’s ‘Drowsy the appearance of a harlot of the Meiji era’),” 2007

“30 AMERICANS” will be on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art at 500 17th St., N.W., in Washington, D.C., through February 12. For more information, visit www2.corcoran.org/30americans/      

Performance at the opening receptionPerformance at the opening reception

Artwork by Jeff Sonhouse Artwork by Jeff Sonhouse “Exhibit A: Cardinal Francis Arinze,” 2005.

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