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30 Americans

Sunday, October 18, 2015 – Monday, January 18, 2016

Identity, triumph, tragedy, pride, prejudice, humor and wit. 30 Americans: 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. See more than 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.


Photography is allowed and encouraged in the exhibition! Share your experience with your community using the hashtag #30plusus

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Before you visit the exhibition, download the free multimedia tour to your iPhone or Android phone! (Complimentary iPods will be available at the exhibition for those without smartphones)



For a complete listing of community programs related to 30 Americans, please visit www.ixiti.com/30Americans


Tickets for this special exhibition are timed and limited. Advance purchase is strongly recommended, especially on weekends and during the holidays when most tickets sell out well in advance. If you purchase tickets online, avoid waiting in line by printing your tickets from home and bringing them with you.

  • Adults: $14 / $10 for Tri-County Residents
  • Youth (Ages 6-17): $9 / $5 for Tri-County Residents
  • Groups (15+): $12 for Tri-County Residents

Purchase Tickets

Or at the DIA Box Office, or by phone at 313.833.4005.

DIA Members receive free exhibition tickets, shop and café discounts, and more. Advanced reservations are also recommended for members. Call 313.833.7971 for membership information.

Free First Weekends

Admission to 30 Americans is free the first weekend of November (7-8), December (5-6), and January (2-3). Admission to 30 Americans is also free on October 18 and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18.

“Free First Weekends” are funded by the Ford Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is located in midtown Detroit near Woodward & Warren at:

5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

Museum Hours

Museum hours will be extended throughout the run of the exhibition.

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The museum will be closed November 26, December 24 & 25 and January 1.

The museum will be open in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18.

Getting to the DIA: Road Construction Information

Due to the M-1 rail construction, various exits/freeways/streets near the DIA will be temporarily closed until the project is completed. Click here for the latest construction updates and directions on how to get to the museum.


Map of the DIA surrounding area in downtown Detroit

Museum Parking Lot: secured self-parking, enter off John R Street, just south of Kirby, daily, $7
Valet parking: Due to construction of the M-1 Rail, the DIA is no longer available to provide valet parking. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Street parking is available around the museum using the Park Detroit app, or at nearby parking kiosks.

WSU Self-Parking Locations:

Rackham: enter off Warren (north side) just east of Woodward, daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., $7
Welcome Center: enter off Putnam St. (south side) just west of Woodward, Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. - midnight, $2 - $10; Saturday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m., $7.50

30 Americans is a dynamic exhibition of contemporary art by African American artists, on view Oct. 18, 2015–Jan. 18, 2016. 30 Americans includes 55 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and videos by many of the most important African American artists who rose to prominence in recent decades by exploring racial, gender, political and historical identity in contemporary culture. This is a ticketed exhibition.

Located on the second level next to the entrance of 30 Americans, the DIA Museum Shop has a selection of goods inspired by the 30 Americans exhibition, featuring artisanal goods from artists in the Detroit community, as well as work from many of the artists in the exhibition.

A hardcover catalog of the exhibition published by the Rubell Family Collection is available.

The 30 Americans shop is open during museum hours, or shop online 24/7 at DIAShop.org/30-Americans

The Detroit Institute of Arts has created video modules featuring both artists from the 30 Americans exhibition, as well as Metro Detroit high school students from diverse backgrounds, support teachers in facilitating conversations about such potentially challenging topics as identity and race. The modules are designed to be a pre- or post-visit resource for visiting the exhibition, or to be used independently.

More information about the modules can be found here.

Lead Sponsor

Friends of African and African American Art

Exhibition Supporter

DTE Energy Foundation

Sustaining Sponsor

MGM Grand Detroit
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation


Siebert Brandford Shank & Company, LLC
Reuben & Cheryl Munday
The Skillman Foundation
Lorna Thomas, M.D., P.C.
BLAC Detroit Magazine
Comerica Bank
Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion
Global Automotive Alliance
Roy S. & Maureen Roberts
Mark & Tiffany Douglas and Avis Ford
St. John Providence
Fifth Third Bank
Greektown Casino
U.S. Trust
General Motors Company


Louis & Tonya Allen Joseph & Rochelle Anderson Jr.
The Honorable Dennis W. & The Honorable Trudy DunCombe Archer
H. William Burdett, Jr.
Larry Brinker\Brinker Construction
Robin M. Cole\Professional Medical Center
Lane & Leigh Coleman
The Davenport Forte Pedestal Fund
The Dirt Label
Juliette Okotie-Eboh, PhD
Nicole & Stephen Eisenberg
Dr. Antoine & Carol Garibaldi
Rosemary Gilchrist
Dr. Herman & Shirley Mann Gray
Saul & Diane Green
Allo M. Greer
Heritage Vision Plans, Inc./ George P. Barnes, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Ellis Hill
Cynthia Pasky & Paul Huxley
Atty. Maurice Jenkins & Mrs. Corlyss Jenkins
JMA Logistics, LLC
Chacona W. Johnson
Jill & George G. Johnson

Carla & Arvin Jones
Wayne S. Brown and Dr. Brenda Kee
Dr. Lynne Carter Keith & The Honorable Terrance Keith
Bonnie Ann Larson
Lewis & Munday, P.C.
Dr. Patricia Maryland & Dr. Samuel Teki-Mensah
Morgan & McClarty P.C.
Priscilla & Huel Perkins
Pierce, Monroe & Associates, LLC
Plunkett Cooney
Rodgers Chevrolet
Dr. George E. & Mrs. Elizabeth G. Ross
Nettie H. Seabrooks
Errol Service / ECS Partnership McDonald’s
Dr. Charles B. Smith & Dr. Peggie J. Hollingsworth Smith
Sid E. Taylor Foundation
Buzz Thomas / Thomas Group Consulting
Leon & Delphine Tupper
Anne Watson / Watson Inc.
Rhonda D. Welburn
Barbara Whittaker BW Limited
Wage Woyke

This exhibition has been organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Funding for Free First Weekends has been provided for visitors by the Ford Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Support for the exhibition has been provided the Friends of African and African American Art and DTE Energy Foundation. Additional support has been provided by MGM Grand Detroit, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., L.L.C., Reuben & Cheryl Munday, The Skillman Foundation, Lorna Thomas, M.D., P.C., BLAC Detroit Magazine, Comerica Bank, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Global Automotive Alliance, Roy S. & Maureen Roberts, Mark & Tiffany Douglas and Avis Ford, St. John Providence, Fifth Third Bank, Greektown Casino, U.S. Trust, and other generous supporters.

Image: Baby I Am Ready Now, Mickalene Thomas, 2007, Diptych, acrylic, rhinestone and enamel on wooden panel. Rubell Family Collection, Miami

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