GO SEE: 30 AMERICANS EXHIBITION ON VIEW AT THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS

30 Americans opened this weekend at The Detroit Institute of Arts, “an exhibition bound by one nation and divided by 30 experiences. A dynamic showcase of contemporary art by African American artists, this exhibition explores issues of racial, political, historical and gender identity in contemporary culture.” The exhibition is on view through January 18, 2016.

The exhibition features “over 50 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and video drawn from the Rubell Family Collection, created by many of the most important African American artists working over the past 30 years, including Kerry James Marshall, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Carrie Mae Weems, Robert Colescott, Glenn Ligon and Lorna Simpson.”

Kehinde Wiley

The opening coincides with the recent announcement of the museum’s new director. According to The Detroit News, “Salvador Salort-Pons will take over as the museum’s 11th director. The 45-year-old Spaniard is the former DIA curator of European art and executive director of collection strategies and information.”

“I am honored and very excited to begin my tenure as director of the DIA,” Salort-Pons said. “There are many opportunities for engagement with our various communities, and I am dedicated to making an accessible museum where everyone feels comfortable and can enjoy a friendly and memorable experience. I do see our DIA as a unifying place for all.” [Source: The Detroit News]

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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