Magazine article USA TODAY

Hall of Fame City Plays Host to Football Exhibit

Magazine article USA TODAY

Hall of Fame City Plays Host to Football Exhibit

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"Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present" investigates the history of football imagery by prominent American artists and photographers, beginning with Winslow Homer's engravings for Harper's Weekly at the close of the Civil War and culminating with the work of contemporary artists such as Shaun Leonardo and Catherine Opie.

The imagery attests to the fact that football has played a significant role in U.S. cultural history for the last 150 years. "Scrimmage" is the first scholarly exhibition to survey football in art and to demonstrate that a multitude of artists have made important images of this quintessential American sport.

Featuring more than 60 art pieces, which represent a variety of media--including prints, paintings, sculpture, photographs, and video--"Scrimmage" contains works assembled from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Figge Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, The Rockwell Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Yale University, Canton Museum of Art, and numerous other public and private collections. …

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