Celebrate the opening of Scrimmage with the CSU Marching Band and other special guests.
The University Art Museum is proud to present the exhibition, Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present, which gathers original works of art for the first comprehensive survey of work by prominent American artists with subject matter that examines the quintessentially American sport of football, a sport which had its origins in the 19th century in the Ivy League colleges of the eastern seaboard. Following the CSU venue, the exhibition will travel to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. Thanks to the enthusiastic response of institutions and private collectors throughout the country, the exhibition brings works from major museum and private collections, and features works by important artists from the 19th through the 21st century. Artists represented include Winslow Homer, Frederic Remington, George Bellows, John Steuart Curry, Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and a host of others.
Through paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, and new-media art featured in this exhibition, football can be read as a cultural narrative that reflects attitudes and transitions in our country’s history. Significant artists have regularly depicted aspects of the sport which reflect themes central to American life from the Civil War period to the present day: class; race, assimilation, and integration; gender relationships and the place of women in sports; patriotism and capitalism; violence and war; public spectatorship; and mass-media/celebrity culture.
Organized thematically, the artworks in this exhibition illuminate and reveal themes that continue from the earliest historical images to the present day. For example, current debates about violence and long-term health issues were questions debated and explored by artists as early as the 19th century. The exhibition examines these artworks through multiple interpretative formats – text, special programming events, and an exhibition catalogue – in order to involve a broad spectrum of visitors in this important discussion.
Scrimmage is a truly interdisciplinary project; the museum is pleased to thank our CSU Team: Dr. Albert Bimper (Ethnic Studies), Dr. Robert Gudmestad (History), Dr. Emily Moore (Art and Art History), Dr. Constance DeVereaux (LEAP Institute), Dr. Nancy Jianakoplos (Economics), the CSU Marching Band, and the Department of Athletics for their support and participation.