The Art of Golf, a major exhibition opening Saturday, November 3, at the MFA, proves that art and sports are an ideal marriage. Artists throughout history have explored the world of sports in their works, including in some of the Museum’s most important paintings.
Now for the first time in its history, the Tampa Bay Lightning has joined forces with the MFA to become the Title Sponsor of the Bogies & Stogies Golf Tournament to be held Monday at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club. Tee-off time is 12:30 p.m., followed by dinner and an open bar at the MFA from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The public can still participate. For more information, go to www.fine-arts.org/events-2/bogies-stogies-golf-tournament/
Hockey and golf actually share a long history. Kolf, a forerunner of golf, was played on the ice, and The Art of Golf features striking seventeenth-century Dutch paintings which reveal this early game in action. Hendrick Avercamp and Aert van der Neer, masters of the winter landscape, are represented by large crowds playing kolf, which also resembles hockey. Both are from the Collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.
Barent Avercamp’s Games on the Ice (1654), from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, reveals a close-up of men competing and skating on the ice. There is even an ice sailing boat in the distance. Barent, Henrick’s nephew, was an accomplished artist in his own right.
Much like sports today, kolf was viewed by the Dutch as a reflection of life, with people struggling to excel and to overcome obstacles like the ice. Rembrandt’s famous etching, The Ringball Player (1654), captures another early, related game.
“The pairing of The Art of Golf and the Tampa Bay Lightning is a natural,” said Don Howe, the MFA’s Associate Director for Advancement. “The exhibition not only brings great artworks to the area, but also reveals the history of the game, which began, in part, on the ice. We are honored that one of the area’s most popular and successful professional teams is joining with us on our golf tournament. The team and the players have contributed to the community in countless ways. We hope that this will be the beginning of a long relationship.”
“We are very excited to be partnering with the Museum of Fine Arts, including the title sponsorship of the Bogies & Stogies golf tournament,” said Elizabeth Frazier, Lightning Vice President of Philanthropy. “The Lightning continues to be a proponent of the arts in the community and what better way to show off the obvious link between the games of hockey and golf. We’d like to thank the Museum for this wonderful opportunity and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
The Art of Golf is the first major museum exhibition in America devoted to this popular game, so rich in history and tradition. Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the National Galleries of Scotland, this show features approximately 90 works by Rembrandt, Childe Hassam, George Bellows, Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol, among others.
Some of these works have never before been on public display. They all point to golf’s ability to inspire extraordinary works of art. Also displayed are “golfiana”—antique balls, clubs, and clothing—to illustrate the sport’s foundation.
Julia Forbes, Managing Curator for The Art of Golf at the High Museum in Atlanta, will introduce the exhibition in a lecture Sunday, November 4, at 4 p.m. Enjoy the exhibition, have lunch in the MFA Café, and stay for her presentation, which is free with MFA admission.
At the High, Ms. Forbes is the Shannon Landing Amos Head of Interpretation and has organized and presented exhibitions in a collaborative setting for more than 12 years. She has also been an educator at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Washington National Cathedral, and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. She was named the 1998 Eastern Museum Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association.
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