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Why Sports Photography at Museums Now? A Lecture with Curator Gail Buckland

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Cook Auditorium
Free for Members, Free with Admission

The finest sports photographers do much more than record the winning goal, dunk, or tackle. They are on the front lines of human drama, preserving bodies in motion, giving shape to the emotions of victory or despair while capturing the spirit of the game and the nobility in athletic pursuits. Like other artists, they make gesture permanent. In this presentation, curator of Who Shot Sports Gail Buckland will discuss the stories behind these powerful images and her motivation for taking on this enormous, but exciting project.

One of her primary motivations was the fact that sports images have mostly been left out of the canon of photographic history. Their ability to powerfully and concisely visualize human endurance, beauty, and aspiration has been discounted, or not recognized as parallel to similar achievements in other art forms. Who Shot Sports seeks to reevaluate these compelling images and contextualize them within the history of photography.

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and curated by Gail Buckland, Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Photo: Bob Martin (British, born 1959). Avi Torres of Spain sets off at the start of the 200m freestyle heats, Paralympic Games, Athens, September 1, 2004, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 14 x 91⁄2 in. (35.6 x 24.1 cm). Courtesy of Bob Martin/Sports Illustrated. 

Why Sports Photography at Museums Now? A Lecture with Curator Gail Buckland
  • Times:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • October 27, 2018 to October 27, 2018
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Free with admission, free for GRAM members