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Andy Warhol: Athletes & The Art of Sport

June 22 2013 - September 1 2013
Andy Warhol: Athletes & The Art of Sport

Thank you to everyone who visited our sports-themed summer 2013 exhibitions, Andy Warhol: Athletes and The Art of Sport: Highlights from the Collection of the Dayton Art Institute. The exhibitions closed September 1.

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Andy Warhol: Athletes
It was the mid-1970s, and Studio 54 was in full swing when art collector Richard Weisman commissioned his friend Andy Warhol to paint the portraits of several top athletes of the day. At first Warhol was unfamiliar with the sports stars but characteristic of his obsession with fame he recalled: “I really got to love the athletes because they are the really big stars.” The resulting group of ten silk-screen paintings from 1978 present some of the most influential sports stars of the era, including boxer Muhammad Ali, football’s O.J. Simpson, ice skater Dorothy Hamill, basketball’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, golfer Jack Nicklaus, ice hockey’s Rod Gilbert, tennis’ Chris Evert, horse racer Willie Shoemaker, baseball’s Tom Seaver and soccer’s Pelé.

The Art of Sport: Highlights from the Collection of the Dayton Art Institute
The theme of sports is ubiquitous in art, and has occupied artists from ancient times to the present. This exhibition featured more than 100 examples of how that theme is manifest in some of The Dayton Art Institute’s finest treasures. The objects on display represented a wide-range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. The exhibition delighted sports and art lovers of all ages.

Both exhibitions were curated by Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at The Dayton Art Institute.


Museum Members: Free
Adults: $12
Seniors (60+), Students (18+ w/ID) & Active Military: $9
Groups (10 or more): $9
Youth (ages 7-17): $6
Children (6 & under): Free

Prices include admission to both exhibitions and the museum’s permanent collection. A $1 per transaction Historic Preservation Fee will be added to all ticket sales.

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Exhibition Sponsors

Benefactor Sponsor
Premier Health

Patron Sponsors
The James A. and Mary Miller Philanthropic Fund

Supporting Sponsors
Miller-Valentine Group
Dr. Stephen Levitt
U.S. Bank

Image: Dr. Harold Edgerton, American, 1903-1990, Football Kick, Dye transfer print, Gift of Mr. James P. Harrington, 1986.118

WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SATURDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.
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