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"30 Americans" (October 27, 2019 - January 12, 2020) The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia


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A good reason to head to Philly this Fall.

30 Americans

"Drawn from the exceptional Rubell Family Collection and on view in the Roberts Gallery, 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.

The Barnes presentation marks the tenth anniversary of this groundbreaking show and its long-awaited debut in Philadelphia."

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Overall a good show at the Barnes Foundation.  30 Americans is being held in a separate gallery space from the main Barnes Collection, so it was a much shorter line to get in (on a Friday afternoon they were quoting a wait time of 60-90 minutes to see the main collection).  We pretty much walked straight into the 30 Americans gallery. 

Some of the artists were familiar to me, including Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Mark Bradford, Nick Cave, Mickalene Thomas, and Glenn Ligon. I was pleased to be introduced to the art of Wangechi Mutu.   

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