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Noon @ the ‘Spoon Public Tour: To the Hoop

February 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

Our 20-minute Noon @ the ‘Spoon tour is a fun way to explore a new exhibition during your lunch break. Offered the second Tuesday of the month. Free and open to the public.

This month we will be touring the exhibition To the Hoop | Basketball and Contemporary Art (on view through June 7, 2020).

From its storied invention in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith as a recreational activity for “incorrigible” youth, to its multibillion-dollar industry today, basketball has uniquely captured America’s imagination—and stolen North Carolina’s heart.

Embedded in its history are many of the topics fueling current social concerns and contemporary art. Divisions between rural and urban cultures can be considered in the distinctions between the sport’s development in farming town gymnasiums and inner-city playgrounds. Increasing commercialization can be traced through its intersections with fashion and franchising. Issues of racial equity reverberate through the NBA and NCAA. Likewise, the advancement of women’s roles can be considered through the early adaptation of rules for female athletes and the successes of the WNBA.

The game’s golden era of the late 1970s through the 1990s coincided with both an explosion of the contemporary art market and artistic shifts towards addressing so many of the social issues—race, gender, economics—that readily surface in basketball’s widespread popularity. And, the game’s distinct visual qualities make it an apt subject for artists: unlike a baseball concealed in a glove or a football buried under a pileup, a basketball is readily seen, and the athletes wear relatively minimal uniforms on an indoor field where cameras easily capture their physical prowess and intense expressions as they soar towards elevated goals.

To the Hoop explores these myriad facets of basketball’s intersection with contemporary art and culture, offering an opportunity to consider our world through the overlapping lenses of sport and art.


(336) 334-5770, [email protected]
Free to the public


February 11, 2020
12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
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