Summer Art Exhibit to Challenge and Engage Kansas City


Hank Willis Thomas, Basketball and Chain, 2003. Digital C-print, Ed. 2/3, 99 x 55 inches (251.5 x 139.7).
Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Art © Hank Willis Thomas.

By Scott Curtis, Teaching & Learning Librarian and OER Lead
Miller Nichols Library

This summer, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will present 30 Americans, an exhibition featuring the work of recent and contemporary African American artists. These artists’ drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos explore and make significant, thought-provoking contributions to the public discussions of race, history, identity, and beauty in our society.

30 Americans exhibits selected works from the Rubell Family Collection, located in Miami, Florida. While this traveling exhibition has appeared in a number of locations over the past ten years, for each museum and location 30 Americans is tailored to be a unique experience. A community advisory group has been working with curatorial staff at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to make sure that the exhibition and the associated programming around it will engage with Kansas City’s entire community.

30 Americans will be at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from June 1 – August 25, 2019.  For more information on the exhibit and associated programs, see