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Resistance Training: Arts, Sports, and Civil Rights

MSU Broad Art Museum

August 19, 2023 - February 18, 2024


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Resistance Training: Arts, Sports, and Civil Rights explores the shared values between artists and athletes in the advancement of social justice-related issues. Throughout history artists have looked to athletes and other public figures as sources of inspiration, encoding moments of social change in the works of art they create. This exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists who investigate the intersection of sports and the advancement of civil rights in the United States. From their own personal love of athletics and relationship to sports, to the material and visual culture of athletics, and key moments in this subject’s history, the artists employ a wide range of strategies to share their perspectives.