Saturday, December 6, 2008

30 Americans - Rubell Collection

Before arriving at Aqua this morning, Heather and I joined her parents for a quick tour of the Rubell Collection in Miami's Wynwood district. The current exhibition, 30 Americans, is a powerful and dynamic showcase of 31 artists. Why 31?

As the show evolved, we decided to call it “30 Americans.” “Americans,” rather than “African Americans” or “Black Americans” because nationality is a statement of fact, while racial identity is a question each artist answers in his or her own way, or not at all. And the number 30 because we acknowledge, even as it is happening, that this show does not include everyone who could be in it. The truth is, because we do collect right up to the last minute before a show, there are actually 31 artists in “30 Americans."

We saw Mr. Rubell walking thru his museum with a happy smile on his face, visibly joyed by all the people he inspires thru his collection. I hope Los Angeles has philanthropists that think in the same way as Mr. Rubell. Perhaps they'll step in and solve the mess that has become MOCA.

Glenn Ligon

Hank Willis Thomas

Jeff Sonhouse

John Bankston

Kara Walker

Kehinde Wiley

Leonardo Drew

Nick Cave

Rodney McMillian

Noah Davis

1 comment:

t. eliott mansa said...

I have been dying to see this show. As an artist of African descent I think it is great that this show was here'd for Basel. The catalogue is available as well.