This moving exhibit highlights the take of 30 African-American Artists on race, history, identity and beauty.

"30 Americans" offers a rare opportunity to see the work of some of the most influential Black artists of our time and all in one fantastic exhibit. The works, drawn from the acclaimed Rubell Family Collection, “30 Americans” presents American experiences as told from the distinct perspectives of 30 African-American artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Carrie Mae Weems, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Rashid Johnson, Kara Walker, Hank Willis Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley.

Through more than 80 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and videos, the influential artists in 30 Americans are significant contributors to the complex dialogues surrounding race, history, identity, and beauty that have shaped contemporary American art and life for the past four decades.

Although it has traveled the country for a decade in various iterations, 30 Americans is tailored to be a unique experience at each venue. Based on Kansas City area communities’ histories and in relation to ever-evolving contemporary conversations, the Nelson Atkins team and its community advisory group have developed a series of “robust” programs to be offered in conjunction with the exhibit. All of the programs can be found online (, but here’s just a few examples. All events are at Nelson Atkins Museum and free, unless specified.

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