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30 Americans

May 29, 2021
Arlington Museum of Art - 201 W Main St
Arlington, TX 76010 United States

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30 Americans showcases works by 30 emerging and established African American artists of the last three decades.

This acclaimed exhibition focuses on issues of race, sexuality, gender and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations. The exhibit includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Kehinde Wiley. The exhibition features works from a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation. While some works probe the notion of racial and social difference in a candid manner, others evoke universal concepts and emotions using a sophisticated blend of visual beauty, humor, and irony.


Our Involvement

The HELP Center sponsored the exhibition to highlight the contribution of African American LGBT+ artists. Of the 30 artist, 11 openly identity as part of the LGBT+ community. In addition HELP is sponsoring a lecture at the museum on the intersectionality of African American and LBGT identities.

The 11 LGBT+ artists featured are Nina Chanel Abney, John Bankston, Basquiat, Mark Bradford, Nick Cave, Glenn Ligon, Kalup Linzy, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Kenhinde Wiley, and Purvis Young.


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