NorthPark Center, in partnership with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and artist Bill Bamberger, presents Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger, an exhibition of vibrant color photographs that capture a variety of basketball hoops around the world. 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.
He began photographing basketball hoops in 2004. The entire series spans 13 years (2004-2017) and includes thousands of photographs from 38 states across America and nine countries worldwide. Undergraduate students at Duke curated the exhibition through a Curatorial Practicum class taught at the Nasher Museum of Art by assistant curator Molly Boarati. The exhibition was on view at the Nasher Museum of Art January 26-May 13, 2018, before coming to NorthPark. Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger is on view on Level One between Burberry and Louis Vuitton June 25, 2018- January 2019.
Bamberger is a Durham, North Carolina resident and an instructor at both Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work explores the large cultural and social issues of our time and has been featured in Aperature, Doubletake, Harper’s, the Washington Post Magazine, Fortune, and the New York Times Magazine.