The Rubell Museum DC brings the Rubell Family’s extensive contemporary art collection to the nation’s capital. After nearly 30 years as the Rubell Family Collection and with the 2019 expansion to a new location in Miami, the institution was renamed the Rubell Museum to emphasize its public mission and expand access for audiences.
Shortly after Mera and Don Rubell married in 1964, they started visiting artists’ studios and collecting art in New York, when Mera was a Head Start teacher and Don was in medical school. Their son, Jason Rubell, joined them in 1982 in building the collection, creating the exhibitions, and developing the museums, reflecting the multi-generational family passion for discovering, engaging, and supporting many of today’s most compelling artists.
The Rubell Museum’s collection is distinguished by its unprecedented range and depth that has enabled the Museum to organize over 50 exhibitions during the last three decades drawn entirely from its holdings in painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation. These have included such groundbreaking and diverse exhibitions as Richard Prince (2004), Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists (2006), Against All Odds: Keith Haring (2008), Beg Borrow and Steal (2009), 28 Chinese (2013), NO MAN’S LAND (2015), Still Human (2017), Purvis Young (2018), and Yayoi Kusama (2020). Many of these exhibitions have toured to museums internationally and have been accompanied by catalogues.