Sun, Oct 18, 2015 — Mon, Jan 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.


30 Americans 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.

Get SocialPhotography is allowed and encouraged in the exhibition! Share your experience with your community using the hashtag #30plusus #30plusus on Instagram

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 online or by calling the DIA Box Office, 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.

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.

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