Friday, May 23, 2014

Bull City Summer at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh

The second installation of work from the Bull City Summer project is now up at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in downtown Raleigh, through August 31st, 2014.

The first installation is up at the NC Museum of Art, and we reported on that here

The show at CAM opened last night with a heavily-attended reception that included a guest appearance by Wool E. Bull himself (see image above by Ivan Weiss), a cappella performances of ballpark classics by the vocal group Stella, scratch-made ballpark food from Posh Nosh, a Merge Records playlist,  and samples of local craft beers.

My teacher Leah Sobsey was there, to enjoy watching people admire her work. Other photographers were in the house, including my friend David Simonton, and Allen Thomas, the patron of all things photographic in eastern North Carolina.

This Bull City Summer exhibition includes work by photographers Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Kate Joyce, Elizabeth Matheson, the aforementioned Leah Sobsey, Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Hiroshi Watanabe, Ivan Weiss and Jeff Whetstone.

The installation also features a 90-minute feature documentary film by Weiss, and two short films by Joyce and Thomas.

The book of work from this project, Bull City Summer, from Daylight Books,is also on display at CAM, and available for purchase at CAM's shop.

Bull City Summer, as a concept, and as a project, continues to grow. It now has a trailer, see below,  a concept that has, or ought to have, something to do with the movie Bull Durham (aren't trailers invitations to see a movie), but doesn't.

Although this trailer does explain some of the complexities of the project, especially for photographers.

 If you are interested, go here for the trailer for the movie Bull Durham.

And for one of the greatest moments from the movie, go here.

Here is a five-minute highlight video of the movie.

But, photography aside, if you haven't seen Bull Durham, you really need to see it. If you have seen it, you know what I mean.

There will be another show of work from Bull City Summer at the American Tobacco Warehouse complex across the street from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Details later.

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