|Exhibit to portray American culture through basketball|
|Monday, September 13, 2010|
Basketball as an artistic window into American culture and communities will be the topic of a free public program Sept. 23 in Davis Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The talk, by Mebane photographer and UNC alumnus Bill Bamberger, will formally open “Ball,” an exhibit of 16 photographs that he took between 2004 and 2009. The exhibit will be up through 2013.
Bamberger’s large-format color prints depict basketball hoops in American landscapes, from the deserts of Arizona to the streets of New York to the farms of the American prairie. Bamberger uses basketball as a way to explore the diversity of American culture and the athletic experience that unites communities across the country.
Bamberger has had solo shows at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution and the Yale University Art Gallery.
His photos on the last days and demise in 1993 of a 111-year-old furniture factory in Mebane – and the effects of putting 203 people out of work – were widely exhibited. They were reprinted in Cathy Davidson’s book “Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory.”
The “Ball” exhibit was co-curated by Ann Stewart Fine Art of Chapel Hill and the library’s Public Art Committee.
Photos from “Ball”:
Backyard, Greencastle, Pa., 2006: http://uncnews.unc.edu/images/stories/news/arts/2010/backyard%2C%20greencastle%2C%20pennsylvania.jpg
Charter school playground, Harlem, N.Y., 2007: http://uncnews.unc.edu/images/stories/news/arts/2010/charter%20school%2C%20harlem%2C%20new%20york.jpg