30 Americans: Celebrating African American Artists

There’s an excellent exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in D.C. called “30 Americans,” that celebrates several generations of African American artists. This short video (about a minute) offers a brief introduction from the curator:

30 Americans – Preview from Corcoran Gallery of Art on Vimeo.

When I visited the exhibition yesterday, I was moved by the work of artists Gary Simmons and Hank Willis Thomas. Both artists re-imagine the history of lynching in various ways that challenge the viewer to place themselves in this context. Simmons does this through his powerful “Duck, Duck, Noose” piece and Thomas through his “Strange Fruit.” Really powerful, highly recommended.