Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.
CAM sits in the heart of Raleigh’s Warehouse District (recently named as one of ten best city arts districts by USA Today). About 25 miles away is the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in downtown Durham’s Entertainment District. On May 22 the two city’s districts will meet when Bull City Summer opens with a community celebration (free and open to the public) and book launch party from 6 to 8 pm.
Directed by Sam Stephenson (of The Jazz Loft Project), Bull City Summer chronicles the Durham Bulls 2013 season through photography and video. In addition, the fine art book is set to published this month by Hillsborough based Daylight Books. The exhibition celebration and book launch at CAM this Thursday will feature an appearance by Wool E Bull, a capella performances of ballpark classics by Stella, scratch made ballpark food from Posh Nosh, a Merge Records playlist and local craft brews. Everything a baseball fan loves and an art lover appreciates.
The Bull City Summer exhibition includes internationally renowned visual artists Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Kate Joyce, Elizabeth Matheson, Leah Sobsey, Alec Soth, Hank Willis Thomas, Hiroshi Watanabe, Ivan Weiss, and Jeff Whetstone. The installation at CAM features never-before-seen photographs by each artist, plus a 90-minute feature documentary film by Weiss, and two short films by Joyce. “The goal of the project,” said Stephenson, “was to converge on the stadium and its surroundings with a team of documentarians and artists and see what we find – stories, images – both on the field and behind the scenes over the course of a season. We hope that what emerges is mirroring portrait of the craft and grit of baseball and art, and the community that revolves around it in downtown Durham and the Triangle.”
Bull City Summer will be on view at CAM Raleigh May 22 – August 31, 2014. CAM’s normal hours of operation are Wednesday – Friday 11:00 am – 6:30 pm and Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. General admission is $5 and is free on First Fridays.