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To the Hoop | Basketball and Contemporary Art
FEB 1 - JUN 7, 2020
2nd Floor: The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery and Gallery 6

Paul Pfeiffer, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (18), 2004, Fujiflex digital C-print, 48 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © Paul Pfeiffer.
From its storied invention in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith as a recreational activity for “incorrigible” youth, to its multibillion-dollar industry today, basketball has uniquely captured America’s imagination—and stolen North Carolina's heart.

Embedded in its history are many of the topics fueling current social concerns and contemporary art. Divisions between rural and urban cultures can be considered in the distinctions between the sport’s development in farming town gymnasiums and inner-city playgrounds. Increasing commercialization can be traced through its intersections with fashion and franchising. Issues of racial equity reverberate through the NBA and NCAA. And, the advancement of women’s roles can likewise be considered through the early adaptation of rules for female athletes and the successes of the WNBA.

That game’s golden era of the late 1970s through the 1990s coincided with both an explosion of the contemporary art market and with artistic shifts towards addressing so many of the social issues—race, gender, economics—that readily surface in basketball’s widespread popularity. And, basketball’s distinct visual qualities make it an apt subject for artists: unlike a baseball concealed in a glove or a football buried under a pileup, a basketball is readily seen, and the athletes wear relatively minimal uniforms on an indoor court where cameras easily capture their expressions as they soar towards elevated goals.

To the Hoop explores these myriad facets of basketball’s intersection with contemporary art and culture, offering an opportunity to consider our world through the overlapping lenses of sport and art.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Gina Adams | Daniel Arsham | Bill Bamberger | Janet Biggs | Mark Bradford | Kendell Carter | André Leon Gray | David Hammons | David Hilliard | David Huffman | Brian Jungen | Jeff Koons | Suzanne McClelland | Esmaa Mohamoud | New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA) | Paul Pfeiffer | Joyce J. Scott | Lorna Simpson | Victor Solomon | Hank Willis Thomas | Nari Ward

Organized by Dr. Emily Stamey, Curator of Exhibitions.

The exhibition and related programs have been generously supported by the Jane and John Ellison Publications Endowment; the National Endowment for the Arts; Sherry Sherrill; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; Seymour and Carol Cole Levin; Gail Boulton; the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau; Barbara Kretzer; ArtsGreensboro; and Robert and Leslie Ketner.

Image: Paul Pfeiffer, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (18), 2004. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. © Paul Pfeiffer.

RELATED PROGRAMS:

Director's Preview + Opening Party • Friday, Jan 31, 6-8:30pm

Noon @ the 'Spoon Public Tour • Tuesday, Feb 11 @ 12-12:20pm

Open House for Educators • Thursday, Feb 13 @ 4:30-5:30pm

Talk: To the Hoop, Emily Stamey • Thursday, Feb 27 @ 6:30pm

Noon @ the 'Spoon Public Tour • Tuesday, Mar 10 @ 12-12:20pm

Talk: "Geezerball," Richie Zweigenhaft • Thursday, Mar 12 @ 6:30pm

Basketball Lover's Guide Gallery Talk • Thursday, Mar 17 @ 4pm

Fair Play: UNCG Basketball Then and Now • Friday, Apr 17 @ 3-4pm

To the Hoop Community Day • Saturday, Apr 18 @ 1:30pm

IMAGES

Victor Solomon, Church (detail), 2019, stained glass, 24k-gold-plated hand-wrought steel, acrylic, and crystals, 10 x 4 x 4 ft. Courtesy of the artist. © Victor Solomon, photo by Geordy Pearson, courtesy of the artist.
Suzanne McClelland, Well Hung, 2004, WNBA jerseys, silk, plastic pearls, sequins, ribbon, fake fur, feather trim, rope, and WNBA duffle bag, dimensions variable, approximately 8 x 12 ft. Courtesy of the artist and Team Gallery, New York. © Suzanne McClelland, photo courtesy of the artist.
Esmaa Mohamoud, One of the Boys (Yellow Back), 2018, color inkjet print, 60 x 40 in. Edition. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto. © Esmaa Mohamoud.
Bill Bamberger, Farm Home by Cotton Field, Plymouth, North Carolina, 2004, color inkjet print, 19 5/16 x 28 7/8 in. Edition. Courtesy of the artist. © Bill Bamberger.

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