olympics art exhibit

ASHEVILLE — With the summer Olympics finally upon us, the Asheville Art Museum is celebrating the triumph of human spirit with three Olympic-themed exhibits now on display.

• Golden Hour

Witness the awe of human endurance through photographs of Olympians shot by Walter Iooss Jr.’s. Over his 60-year career, Iooss has captured hundreds of celebrated athletes training for and playing their sports, and a select few as they prepared for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

• Artistic Tribute: Representation of the Athlete

This exhibit pays homage to the historic Olympic tradition of including the arts as a competition. Until 1948, the modern Olympics included artistic representations of the athletes in painting and sculpture, among other media, as the ancient Olympics had done. This exhibition features artworks from the Museum’s collection that follow this custom.

• Precious Medals: Gold, Silver, Bronze

This exhibit highlights works from the Museum’s collection including glass, ceramic, fashion, and sculpture that use the same metals that are given to the top three placing athletes in an Olympic competition. The precious nature of these three metals is examined in relation to the artworks shown.

Museum admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for youth ages 6-17 and free for ages 5 and under. Open daily from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. except Tuesday, and open until 9 p.m. on Thursday.

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