Honolulu Museum of Art presents the celebrated exhibition 30 Americans, featuring works by 30 contemporary artists connected through their African-American cultural history. The exhibition includes some of the most recognized and influential figures in the art world from the past four decades such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mark Bradford, Nick Cave, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Kehinde Wiley. These artists create compelling works that refuse to play it safe, taking risks with pieces that are bold, vibrant, provocative and sometimes confrontational.
Conceived by the Rubell Museum in Miami, Florida, and drawn entirely from their renowned collection, the exhibition has traveled across the United States for the past ten years to great acclaim. HoMA’s presentation features 40 objects carefully selected for our venue, and installed throughout 8,000 square feet of gallery space. Works in painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video bring focus to timely, challenging, and thought-provoking issues related to racial, ethnic and gender identity; representation of the body; and the significance of cultural heritage and history.
The presentation of 30 Americans in Hawai‛i brings a unique, multi-cultural perspective to themes explored in the exhibition. The museum has developed a slate of public programs in consultation with community members, designed to encourage thoughtful feedback and provide a venue for further discussion around building respect for diversity within our interconnected global world.
—Katherine Love, Assistant Curator Contemporary Art