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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM

Say It Loud

James Brown's 'Say it Loud' was released in 1968. When it came on the radio, I could sing the 'Say it Loud' part but I could only whisper, 'I'm black and I'm proud'.

Artist Glenn Ligon, excerpt from his untitled essay, 30 Americans: Rubell Family Collection (exhibition catalogue), 2008.

Many of the artists represented in 30 Americans use their art as a means to express, contend with, and tackle the topic of identity in ways that are meaningful to them as individuals. Now it’s your turn to say it loud. What do you want to share with the 30 Americans community?

Say It Loud: Video

30 seconds. 30 Americans. Get the picture? We invite you to the Corcoran to post video responses to what you see in the exhibition. Be sure to say it loud—and on camera—when you visit 30 Americans, and then check this space to see your video!

Say It Loud: Response Cards

The low-tech way to say it loud. Visitors to the Corcoran are also encouraged to write, doodle, or sketch their immediate responses to 30 Americans. Be creative. Handwriting counts.

Say It Loud: Photos

What does 30 Americans look like? Here's where we upload photos of the art, the artists, and the surrounding events. Check back often as we will be uploading more pictures throughout the exhibition.

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Say It Loud: Discussion

Has 30 Americans inspired you to say it loud? Say it here 24/7. In this space, you can comment on the exhibition and its themes and respond to previous comments. 

Here's what the viewers think...

  • Tim Thompson
    Capitol Hill: October 27, 2011 | 10:26 AM
    Nick Cave (not the singer) rules
  • James Jones
    Christiansburg, Va.: October 2, 2011 | 7:58 PM
    A remarkable,beautiful and brillant achievement!!!The artists, the Corcoran and the Rubell family have given the world a wonderful thing. I thank you all for this amazing exhibition.
  • Marco Negri
    Mount Pleasant: October 26, 2011 | 3:20 PM
    Barkley Hendricks is the man. None of the other artists in the exhibition comes close.
  • Kari Swanson
    Alexandria, Virginia: October 26, 2011 | 3:55 PM
    My aunt gave me the catalogue for this show, so I knew I had to come see it at the Corcoran. I'll always treasure the catalogue, but nothing can match the experience of seeing these works in person.

30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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