Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I want to see this

WaPo has a piece on a new art exhibit currently showing in LA (bummer for me). It's called Hard Targets: Masculinity and Sports, and it sounds fascinating. It's in LA until the start of 2009. Can't find where it may be headed next but I am hoping it is somewhere on the east coast.
The article details the various installments. I, personally, am quite intrigued by this one:
Feminism and race intersect in Mark Bradford's basketball video "Practice." Bradford, who is tall and black, enacts an absurdist ballet about race-based assumptions -- you should play basketball -- by shooting hoops in a dress made with a massive, awkward bustle (conspicuously fashioned in L.A. Lakers-like gold and purple). Struggling to find his shot while literally wrestling his outfit, Bradford speaks to the history of constricting women's wear and, metaphorically, women's roles, even as he speaks to similar constraints of race.

If you're interested in reading more about the intersection of art and sport, check out what Sean Smith has been doing over at sportsBabel.

1 comment:

sportsbabel said...

hey, thanks for the shout-out.....and a heads-up that this show is a traveling exhibition, so we will have to hit up the deeper pockets at nasss for someone to bring this to their institution!