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Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger

Student Co-Curated Exhibition

January 26 – May 13, 2018
Bill Bamberger, Public school playground, Sedona, Arizona (detail), 2009. Inkjet print on archival paper. Courtesy of Bill Bamberger. © Bill Bamberger.

The Nasher Museum presented Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger, an exhibition of vibrant color photographs that capture a variety of basketball hoops around the world. The artist, Bill Bamberger, is a Durham resident and instructor at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From Maine to Florida and Rwanda to Mexico, the hoops indicate places both where basketball is played and where communities and relationships are built. They are objects that often shape and reflect these communities. As a part of many diverse landscapes, the hoops become integral elements of each location’s unique narrative. Duke undergraduate students curated the exhibition through a Curatorial Practicum class taught at the Nasher Museum by assistant curator Molly Boarati.

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Behind the Scenes with Duke Students

The basketball hoop is ubiquitous. That was a quick conclusion for four Duke undergraduate students when they began to co-organize the exhibition Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger. Janie Booth (T’19), Savannah Chauv...


It really does seem that basketball hoops are everywhere.

Brittany Halberstadt, Duke Class of 2019
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Storytelling in the Gallery: Courtside

Enjoy a storytelling hour with Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, inspired by images in the exhibition Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger, within The Collection Galleries. Featured guests John Biewen...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 67 PM
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Raising the Cultural Bar on Campuses

When you think of Duke University, the image of its gothic-style chapel may come to mind, or perhaps Cameron Indoor Stadium, the raucous center of the Blue Devil basketball games. But tucked along Campus Drive here, amid t...

view article on The New York Times | Published March 12, 2019

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