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Bull City Summer revisited

Posted January 6, 2014
Updated January 16, 2014

Bull City Summer, the documentary project inspired by the 25th anniversary of the movie Bull Durham, will be on exhibit this spring at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Ten nationally and internationally acclaimed artists – photographers Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Hiroshi Watanabe, Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Kate Joyce, Elizabeth Matheson, Leah Sobsey, and Jeff Whetstone, and video artist Ivan Weiss – converged on the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for all 72 home games.

The exhibition presents a subtle yet powerful group study of the obsessive routines and crafts of baseball, mirrored by routines in the stands, in concessions, and behind the scenes, a story unfolding daily yet rarely documented, the repeating drama slightly different each time. Project director Sam Stephenson describes Bull City Summer as “a portrait of the art and craft and grit of baseball and the community that revolves around it.”

Highlights of the exhibition include:

• Alec Soth’s portraits, such as Center Field #1 and Crystal, reveal the solitary nature of baseball by focusing on the players in the outfield and the fans who choose to sit near them.

• Made in collaboration with a group of photographers and their iPhones, Hank Willis Thomas’s giant group portraits are titled to reflect his endeavor: A Futile Attempt to Take a Portrait of Everyone Who Attended the Last Regular Season Game.

• Frank Hunter’s dramatic skyscapes, such as Light in a Summer Night #3, capture the power of nature and the magic of twilight as it settles over the stadium.

• Kate Joyce's uncanny grid of 30 prints, Impact of the Ball and the Outfield Wall, Part I, depicts dents and marks left by line drives on the famed "Blue Monster" left field wall at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Bull City Summer
February 23–August 31, 2014
East Building, Level A
Free

Hours
Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm
Friday 10 am–9 pm
Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
Closed Monday

About the Exhibition
Lead sponsors of Bull City Summer are Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, Capitol Broadcasting Company, and the Durham Bulls Baseball Club. Additional sponsorship provided by Baker Roofing.

 

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