March 9, 2019–January 5, 2020
This exhibition presents outdoor images of basketball courts and hoops—public and private—that have captured the attention of photographer Bill Bamberger. Collectively, they celebrate the sport and reveal both its global importance and enduring appeal. Hauntingly devoid of people, the images are nonetheless remarkable neighborhood and community portraits.
Bamberger has a keen eye for elevating the everyday—often in overlooked, forgotten, or neglected places—into timeless, classic views of place. As he notes, “A photograph of someone making a great shot or a great move takes place in a fraction of a second, but an image of that same court taken without people is about a period of time in the layered history of a place. It is about the people who played on that court, who built that community, many of whom have come and gone.”
HOOPS will present a selection of large-format photographs taken across the country and in more than half-a-dozen countries, from the deserts of Arizona and Mexico to the hills of Appalachia, and from the streets of the Northeast to the playgrounds of South Africa. Whether tacked to the side of barn, subject to salt-water breezes, or surrounded by brick and chained links, the hoops and courts presented in the exhibition are sure to resonate and captivate the imagination.
HOOPS opens just in time for “March Madness” and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional games that will take place at nearby Capital One Arena.
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