Let’s Play! Sports and Games in Art and Culture

Exhibition details

Curated by Gettysburg College art history students Macey Cohen ’23, Hagen Krebs ’23, Paul Pelham ’23, Kate Sallee ’25, and Devyn Wesolowski ’25 under the direction of Professor Yan Sun

On display through March 3, 2023


Project Space



Gallery tours with student curators, February 10, 17, and 24, 2023, noon-1pm
Let’s Play! Sports and Games in Art and Culture

Walter Iooss, Tony Gonzales, Philadelphia, PA, 1964, archival pigment print, 20 x 24 in., Special Collections and College Archives, Gift of Andrew & Lisa (Beardslee, Class of 1989) Schroeder

Works on display

With this exhibition, it’s not a matter of winning or losing, but how student curators interpret, and perhaps also play, the games on display. Under the direction of Prof. Yan Sun, Gettysburg College students examine diverse depictions of sports and games across cultures and historical periods. Included in this exhibition are prints and photographs of sporting games and major athletes, such as Michael Jordan and Muhammed Ali, illustrated playing cards of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets from the Meiji Period in Japan, among other historical objects. The student curators make cross-cultural connections to consider the political, social, and aesthetic significance, as well as the virtues and vices, of these contests and competitions. From representations of drinking games and gambling to celebrations of athletic abilities, the exhibition offers a new way of considering the intersections of art, physicality, and leisure.