Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports

Mixed_SignalsOctober 8-December 12, 2009

Curator: Christopher Bedford

Organized and circulated by iCI (Independent Curators International), New York

Mixed Signals focuses on artists from the mid-1990s to the present who question the notion of the male athlete as the last bastion of uncomplicated, authentic identity in American culture during the preceding decades. The works presented here, made by artists who have appropriated, riffed on, complicated, and variously re-presented athletic imagery, demonstrate that the male athlete is a far more ambiguous, polyvalent figure in our collective cultural imagination than ever before.

The exhibition includes 40 works in photography and video from artists such as Matthew Barney, Mark Bradford, Marcelino Gonçalves, Lyle Ashton Harris, Brian Jungen, Kurt Kauper, Shaun El C. Leonardo, Kori Newkirk, Catherine Opie, Paul Pfeiffer, Marco Rios, Collier Schorr, Joe Sola, Sam Taylor-Wood, Hank Willis Thomas.

Related Resources:
CADVC outreach  exhibition: “Offsides! Young Artists Tackle Sports”


The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible, in part, by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the iCI Advocates, the iCI Partners, Agnes Gund, Gerrit and Sydie Lansing, and Barbara and John Robinson.

Mixed Signals is an expanded version of Contemporary Projects 11: Hard Targets—Masculinity and Sports, an exhibition curated by Christopher Bedford and organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Additional support for the exhibition and educational outreach programs comes from the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.