A New Rubell Museum Is Coming Soon to DC 

The Rubell Museum in Miami, established in 1993 to dwelling Don and Mera Rubell’s wide personal up to date artwork assortment, will open a new place in Washington, DC in late October this calendar year. Residents of the town will enjoy free admission to the museum, to be situated at 65 I Street in southwest DC, less than a mile’s stroll from the Capitol.

The new 32,000-square-foot location has been repurposed from what once was Cardozo Elementary and afterwards Randall Junior Large Faculty, a historically Black community college that was energetic from 1906 to 1978 and is shown in the Nationwide Sign-up of Historic Sites. In addition to accommodating exhibition galleries, the constructing will consist of “flexible activation spaces,” a bookstore, and a café featuring indoor and out of doors eating. It will be about half the dimension of the Hirshhorn Museum, DC’s preeminent establishment committed to modern day art, supplying a far more compact and decreased-targeted visitors alternate to the Smithsonian landmark on the Nationwide Shopping mall.

In accordance to a push release, the museum will maintain the landmark setting up as a result of “adaptive reuse.” The undertaking is led by countrywide serious estate developer Lowe, which will also construct an adjacent 492-device apartment building, 20% of which will be very affordable housing.

In 2019, the Rubell Loved ones Selection, as it was known when it occupied a developing in Miami’s Wynwood community, relocated to a 100,000-square-foot sophisticated in close by Allapattah and turned the Rubell Museum. Some locals have expressed considerations that the arrival of present-day art establishments to Allapattah — this kind of as the Rubell Museum, rental developer Jorge Pérez’s El Espacio 23, and Speed Gallery’s immersive art venture Superblue — will add to worsening gentrification in the working-course neighborhood.

Mickalene Thomas, “Baby I Am Completely ready Now” (2007), acrylic, rhinestone, and enamel on panel diptych, total 72 x 132 inches, acquired by the Rubells in 2007 (courtesy the Rubell Museum)

The Rubells’ collection is considerable, clocking in at 7,400 will work by about 1,000 artists. Between collectors, the Rubells are intently watched, recognized for spotting rising artists right before their works skyrocket in value. The selection boasts items designed by well known artists early in their professions, these types of as one particular of Jeff Koons’s legendary Hoover vacuum cleaner sculptures from 1979, a set of portraits by Catherine Opie taken in the early 1990s, and a 50-foot-lengthy woodcut carved by Kerry James Marshall in 1999. Selection highlights in the Miami museum involve functions by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Amoako Boafo, and Kara Walker. The Rubell Museum is also known for its exhibition 30 People, which features operates by 31 present-day Black American artists. It has toured institutions in the United States for above a decade and is reputed to have remodeled museums in their illustration of Black artists in the approach.

“Creating a museum for sharing our collection with the people today who dwell and operate in our nation’s cash and individuals who take a look at the city from throughout the US and close to the environment fulfills a longtime dream for us,” Mera Rubell claimed in a statement. “We are really energized to be joining the community of superb museums in the city and including a public resource that explores modern day lifetime, challenges, and strategies.”