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Members’ Opening: 30 Americans
September 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm

30 Americans showcases influential and prominent African American artists who are leading contributors to the contemporary art scene in the US and beyond. The exhibition speaks to important topics including race, history, and identity. See 45 works including paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos by renowned artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley and more.

Come together for an unforgettable evening to celebrate the opening of 30 Americans:

  • Pose for a photo by 1000 Words as you stroll down the red carpet
  • Groove to smooth jazz from The Kareem Kandi Band
  • Learn more about the works on view from staff and community members
  • Listen to spoken word performances by local poet Elijah Muied
  • Enjoy appetizers prepared by TAM Cafe as well as a no-host bar

RSVP and Tickets

  • Free for members:
  • $20 general, $10 students with ID. Purchase tickets at the door.

TA_TAMonth_14LogoVisit 30 Americans during Tacoma Arts Month.

Members’ Opening in-kind support provided by Heritage Distilling Co.


Glenn Ligon, America, 2008. Neon sign and paint, Edition of 1 plus AP, 24 × 168 inches. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.  A group of 30 Americans artists, left to right: Rashid Johnson, Nick Cave, Kalup Linzy, Jeff Sonhouse, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Barkley L. Hendricks, Hank Willis Thomas (front row), Xaviera Simmons, Purvis Young, John Bankston, Nina Chanel Abney, Henry Taylor, Mickalene Thomas (front row), Kerry James Marshall, and Shinique Smith. Photo credit: Kwaku Alston.