The new art exhibition, Bull City Summer, opened last night at CAM Raleigh with a special community celebration and book launch party in Raleigh, N.C. Directed by Sam Stephenson, Bull City Summer chronicles the 2013 season at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and will be on view at CAM through August 31.
Visitors were greeted by Wool E. Bull, the mascot for the Durham Bulls, and ball park food made by Posh Nosh as well as craft brews were served.
The Bull City Summer exhibition, which will be available for viewing through August 31, includes internationally renowned visual artists Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Kate Joyce, Elizabeth Matheson, Leah Sobsey, Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Hiroshi Watanabe, Ivan Weiss, and Jeff Whetstone. The installation features never-before-seen photographs by each artist, plus a 90-minute feature documentary film by Weiss, and two short films by Joyce and
“The goal of the project,” said Stephenson, “was to converge on the stadium and its surroundings with a team of documentarians and artists and see what we find –stories, images – both on the field and behind the scenes over the course of a season. We hope that what emerges is mirroring portrait of the craft and grit of baseball and art, and the community that revolves around it in downtown Durham and the Triangle.”
"The Bull City Summer exhibition is an extraordinary collaboration and we are honored to be a part of it!” said Marjorie Hodges, the director of the CAM Foundation. “The photography and video in this show represent some of the best contemporary art in the world. Further, because the work focuses on baseball and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, it is accessible to all.”
Accompanying the CAM Raleigh show of Bull City Summer are two additional exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the American Tobacco campus in Durham.
The fine art Bull City Summer book, which was published this month by Daylight Books, features writing by Stephenson, Adam
Sobsey, Emma D. Miller, Howard L. Craft, Michael Croley, and David Henry. Additional writers for the website – www.bullcitysummer.org - include Frances O’Roarke Dowell, Glenn McDonald, Joseph Bathanti, and Beckett Bathanti.
CAM Raleigh is located at 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh, N.C. Visit them online at www.CAMRaleigh.com.