This post is about as close as I’m going to get to the Superbowl this year.
At Galerie Lelong in New York, artist Samuel Levi Jones has curated a group show called Sidelined that interrogates power, how it manifests itself in sports and specifically in sport-related protest. Inspired by the NFL protests during the national anthem, Jones has curated a show that features his own work along with pieces by Melvin Edwards, Derek Fordjour, Lauren Halsey, David Huffman, Samuel Levi Jones, Glenn Kaino, Patrick Martinez, and Deborah Roberts.
Jones uses a collage based process of deconstructing books and other materials, turning them inside out to examine how content is created, by whom and for what purpose. The work speaks to broader issues of exclusion and equality not only in historical material but in social unrest.
Many of the artists shown in Sidelined came from collegiate athletic careers and their work offers relevant commentary on the power dynamics and social legacy of corporatized athletics.