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The CAC Presents: 30 Americans. A Retrospective of Contemporary African American Art From The Past Three Decades

Sun, Jun 8, 2014
11:00am - 5:00pm


First, Second, and Third Floor Galleries

February 8–June 15, 2014, 11am–5pm

Exhibition at the CAC made possible by the Helis Foundation

PREVIEW: Friday, February 7 at SweetArts 2014, A CAC fundraiser


The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) will begin an exciting new year with the opening of the exhibition 30 Americans  on February 8, 2014. The grand touring exhibition has received much national acclaim and will occupy all three floors of the CAC’s gallery space until June 15, 2014.  30 Americans is organized and drawn from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami and includes more than 70 works by 31 emerging and established African American artists working within a variety of mediums. The CAC’s presentation of 30 Americans  will include a special selection of 14 works never before included in this touring exhibition. 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.


Participating Artists Include: Nina Chanel Abney, Barkley L. Hendricks, Shinique Smith, John Bankston, Rashid Johnson, Jeff Sonhouse, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Glenn Ligon, Henry Taylor, Mark Bradford, Kalup Linzy, Hank Willis Thomas, Iona Rozeal Brown, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Nick Cave, Rodney McMillian, Kara Walker, Robert Colescott, Wangechi Mutu, Carrie Mae Weems, Noah Davis, William Pope.L, Kehinde Wiley, Leonardo Drew             Gary Simmons, Purvis Young, RenĂ©e Green, Xaviera Simmons, David Hammons and Lorna Simpson.          



The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) was established in 1964 in New York City shortly after its founders Donald and Mera Rubell were married. It is now one of the world’s largest, privately owned contemporary art collections. In Miami, Florida since 1993, the collection is constantly expanding and features such well-known artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol. In addition to displaying internationally established artists, the RFC actively acquires, exhibits and champions emerging artists working at the forefront of contemporary art.


Visit or call 504.528.3805 for more information about 30 Americans.           


Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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