It is always bittersweet when an exhibition ends at PFAC. After months and years of researching artworks, visiting museums, organizing loans, communicating with collectors, and writing labels, it is hard to say goodbye. I am especially fond of this exhibition since I also am the curator at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. This exhibition was a marriage of my two interests, sports and art, and how artists have utilized sports imagery in art. It seemed particularly fitting that this exhibition also coincided with the Olympics.
As a curator, it is heartwarming when visitors remark positively about the exhibition or visit the exhibition numerous times. You realize that all the hard work was worth it. There are numerous highlights of the exhibition — gold Olympic medal on loan from swimmer Jeff Rouse, ancient Greek vases from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, pre-Columbian artifacts from the Chrysler Museum of Art and spectacular paintings from The Mariners’ Museum. I took the sports theme outside with the wonderful banners of sports photographer Walter Iooss as well as the colorful bicycle sculptures that lead up to the front door.
As sad as I will be to uninstall “Game On”, I can’t wait to display the next exhibition and see what treasures will behold.
Game On: Sports in Ancient And Modern Art at Peninsula Fine Arts Center runs one final weekend – through October 9th. With FREE Admission. Visit us Thursday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday From 1-5pm.