Double Take: An Artist and an Olympian

Wednesday, July 31, 2024, 5:30pm EDT
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One of the most memorable images from the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City is the symbolic act of protest by Tommie Smith, winner of the men’s 200-meter race. During the medal ceremony, Smith bowed his head and raised his fist as an assertion of Black solidarity in the fight for human rights. Decades later, artist Glenn Kaino collaborated with Smith to create the monumental sculpture Bridgewhich will go on view in SAAM's Luce Foundation Center on July 26 to coincide with the opening of the Olympic Games. Join Sarah Newman, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art at SAAM, and Damion Thomas, curator of sport at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, as they discuss the impact of Bridge and the gesture that inspired it. 
This program is part of the Double Take series where Smithsonian specialists from different disciplines team up to talk about artworks from SAAM’s collection. 

Image credit: Glenn Kaino, Bridge, 2013-2014, fiberglass, steel, wire and gold paint, dimensions variable, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2022.34, © 2013-2014, Glenn Kaino


Installation view of "Bridge," showing rows of cast arms suspended from cables.
Glenn Kaino: Bridge
Glenn Kaino’s powerful aerial sculpture Bridge, suspended from the ceiling of SAAM’s Luce Foundation Center, evokes the ways that even small acts can ripple through time and alter the course of history.