’30 Americans’ exhibit showcases African American art in New Britain – NBC Connecticut

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, Nick Cave and Kehinde Wiley are superstars in the American and international art world.

Today their work and many more are on display in an extraordinary exhibition in New Britain.

“30 Americans” opened June 17 at the New Britain Museum of American Art. It features the work of 30 African American artists with national names, some of whom call Connecticut their home.

The museum‘s associate curator, Lisa Williams, said the NBMAA has worked for years to bring “30 Americans” to Connecticut. The collection is on loan from the Rubell Museum in Miami.

“This exhibit really supports our mission, our initiative to bring greater diversity to our galleries here at AANB,” Williams said.

The museum also brought in three guest curators to help select pieces for the exhibition and define its theme and intent.

“We want our galleries to reflect our people, our community. And we have visitors of all ages, from all walks of life, so we need the art to reflect that as well,” Williams said.

Also included in the exhibition is New London superstar painter and photographer Barkley Hendricks. Hendricks died in 2017.

“30 Americans” already has a steady stream of people excited to see these works that have never been exhibited together in New England.

The museum hopes that as many people as possible will come and experience this collection of masterpieces that tell a very unique American story.

“Students, adults, seniors, come see this show. I think you’ll leave inspired. I think you’ll leave with new ideas and new questions,” Williams said.

The NBMAA has created a series of public events for the community to come to the museum and experience “30 Americans” firsthand. Consult the complete program by clicking here.

“30 Americans” runs until October 30.

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