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'March Madness' Exhibition Highlights Athleticism Through Female Perspective

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Sports Editor
Updated: 24 March 2017
March Madness is a sports-inspired exhibition currently on view at Fort Gansevoort in New York City from March 17 through May 6. It is the second of two exhibitions that focus on the culture of sport through visual art. Curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Adam Shopkorn, March Madness, named in honor of the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament, features works that center on athleticism through the female perspective. The roster of 31 female artists featured includes: photographer Cindy Sherman, multidisciplinary artists Faith Ringgold and Zoe Buckman, painter Jordan Casteel, and sculptor Alison Saar.
Prize Fight (Jake LaMotta and "Blackjack" Billy Fox) | © Rosalyn Drexler and Garth Greenan Gallery
Prize Fight (Jake LaMotta and “Blackjack” Billy Fox) | © Rosalyn Drexler and Garth Greenan Gallery

The varying works of art “challenge more docile notions of femininity by highlighting the qualities of strength, fitness, and agility that are characteristic of physical skill and capability.” The works also focus on broader issues including gender roles, empowerment, politics, and ethnic and racial histories.

Raje for President | © Renee Cox and Fort Gansevoort
Raje for President | © Renee Cox and Fort Gansevoort

According to the exhibition’s press release, Thomas and Shopkorn are both avid sports fans and understand “the history of the intersection of sports and politics.” The first March Madness installation “reflected the classic spirit of the black power salute at the 1968 Olympics.”

The Gymschool, St. Petersburg | © Rineke Dijkstra and Marian Goodman Gallery
The Gymschool, St. Petersburg | © Rineke Dijkstra and Marian Goodman Gallery

Fort Gansevoort, located in the Meatpacking District, is a cultural hub for design, art, and food, founded by curator Adam Shopkorn and his wife, Carolyn Angel. The three-story building contains a gallery, take-out BBQ window, and spaces for curated retail experiences.

Flo Jo World Record Nails boxed edition | © Pamela Council and Fort Gansevoort
Flo Jo World Record Nails boxed edition | © Pamela Council and Fort Gansevoort
Fight the Power | © Deborah Roberts and Fort Gansevoort
Fight the Power | © Deborah Roberts and Fort Gansevoort
NWBA #9 | © Holly Bass and Fort Gansevoort
NWBA #9 | © Holly Bass and Fort Gansevoort