Speakers will include Emory Douglas, the Black Panther Party’s former minister of culture, and John Wesley Carlos, a bronze-medal Olympic track and field athlete who participated in the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.
“‘Game Recognize Game’ brings together accomplished artists and athletes of color for generative interdisciplinary discussion around visual representation, politics, technique, strategy, (non) performance and mastery in professional sports and artistic practices,” Jackson said. “We are interested in artists and athletes of color whose work has evoked humanist interpretation while challenging established boundaries of their professional realms of sports and art.”
“Game Recognize Game” was initially conceived as a response to the refusal of American football player Marshawn Lynch to engage with the sports media, a choice Jackson calls “performative resistance.” Jackson linked this “resistance” to the practices of performance artists like Yoko Ono and Marina Abramovic, and saw a potential connection between the worlds of art and athletics.
The conversation will be live-streamed from 32 Edgewood to the auditorium of the Yale University Art Gallery. After the discussion, the panelists and mediators will join the audience at the YUAG for a question and answer session, which will prioritize the questions of New Haven youth engaged in either art or athletic activities who have been invited to the event.