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Providence College: The Evolution of Sports

By Vicki-Ann Downing
Providence College

Little_Sports coverProvidence, R.I. -- David E. Little, an art historian and museum curator in Minneapolis, will lecture at Providence College on Thursday, February 23, about how photography has transformed sports from a leisure activity into a spectacle of mass participation in the modern age.

Little will deliver his talk, “The Sports Show,” at 7 p.m. in the Ryan Concert Hall in the Smith Center for the Arts. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of PC’s SPORT:ART celebration, a two-month exploration of sport, art, and identity through exhibits, lectures, and films.

Little, curator of photography and new media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), is the brother of Catherine Little Bert ’77, a PC trustee and art gallery owner in Providence. Working with art history professors Dr. Joan R. Branham and Dr. Deborah J. Johnson, and with the Department of Athletics, Bert developed the idea for SPORT:ART, inspired in part by her brother’s exhibit.

While visiting PC, Little also will present a career service program for students, “A Career in the Museum World,” on February 24.

His exhibit, The Sports Show, opened February 19 at the MIA and runs through May 13. It includes photographs and film clips, including Richard Avedon’s 1963 photo of Lew Alcindor, later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, on a New York City playground, and the Black Power Salute given by two African-American track stars during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

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