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Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?
September 9 - October 30, 2004
Originally displayed at the Smithsonian Institution on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Title IX, "Game Face" is a unique photographic celebration of sports and daring in the lives of girls and women.
The photos depict women participating in every sport imaginable, from ping-pong to pole-vaulting, hunting to hardball. They range in style and substance from sepia-toned portraits to full-color action shots -- from a corseted lady with a bicycle in the 1890s to today's muscular soccer star Brandi Chastain savoring, without inhibition, her team's sudden-death World Cup victory in 1999.
Creator Jane Gottesman, a former sportswriter for the San Francisco Chronicle, was continually disappointed by her paper's coverage of women's sports. All too often they were denied space; when they did grab the headlines, it usually was for reasons other than achievement on the playing field.
Gottesman set out to right the wrong. Along with co-curator Geoffrey Biddle, she pored over thousands of images, many of them supplied by the Associated Press, others from celebrated photographers such as Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, April Saul and Annie Liebowitz. She also interviewed as many of the athletes as possible to learn the stories behind the photos and published those accounts in the book "Game Face."
The exhibition and book explore not only what a female athlete looks like, but also what makes her tick.
Amanda Beard, Serena Williams, Ila Borders and USC's own Janet Evans and Inger Miller are among the Southern Californians represented in the show.
This exhibition has been organized by Game Face Productions and sponsored by MassMutual Financial Group, including OppenheimerFunds Inc. "Game Face" will be presented by USC Fisher Gallery and USC Athletics. It remains on view through October 30, 2004.
GAME FACE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING AND EVENTS
A complementary photography exhibition, "The Women of Troy," will show concurrently with "Game Face" in the Quinn Wing of USC Fisher Gallery.
"The Women of Troy" celebrates the accomplishments of female USC athletes and highlights the dedication to sports that encourages women to keep competing, whether on the varsity, club or intramural level.
The show features 125 years of female Trojans -- from the earliest sporting exhibitions to today's superstar athletes, including many Olympians.
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