Events, Exhibits, Photography

Bill Bamberger Photos, Program Celebrate Basketball in American Culture and Landscape


A program and exhibit opening with photographer Bill Bamberger
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010
Davis Library, 2nd floor
Reception at 5 p.m.
Lecture at 5:45 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Program information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 962-4207
Preview exhibit (photos on Facebook)

Basketball as an artistic window onto American culture and communities will be the topic of a program Sept. 23 at UNC’s Davis Library. The talk by photographer Bill Bamberger will formally open Ball, an exhibit of 16 photographs that Bamberger took between 2004 and 2009.

The 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.

The free public program will begin at 5:45 p.m., following a reception and exhibit viewing at 5 p.m. Both will take place on the second floor of Davis Library, site of the installation.

Ball uses basketball hoops as a way to explore the diversity of American culture, as well as the athletic experience that unites communities across the country.

“A photograph of someone making a great shot or a great move takes place in a fraction of a second,” wrote Bamberger in a statement about the photographs, “but a photograph of that same court taken without people is about a period of time, the layered history of a place. It is about the people who played on that court, the people who built that community, who have come and gone.”

Bamberger graduated in 1979 from UNC , where he was a Morehead Scholar. He lives in Mebane, N.C. He has had one-person exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and the Yale University Art Gallery.

The exhibit of Ball in Davis Library was co-curated by the Library’s Public Art Committee and Ann Stewart Fine Art of Chapel Hill. It will be on view through 2013.

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