49 episodes

This show is an artist's take on sports — I believe both art and sports have the power to translate and help us reconsider the largest social issues we face. On each episode, we will be discovering and discussing the many connections between the two alongside artists, athletes, journalists, commentators, critics and fans.

Dear Adam Silver Dear Adam Silver

    • Sports
    • 5.0, 40 Ratings

This show is an artist's take on sports — I believe both art and sports have the power to translate and help us reconsider the largest social issues we face. On each episode, we will be discovering and discussing the many connections between the two alongside artists, athletes, journalists, commentators, critics and fans.

    Episode 48: Sharing My First Letter to Adam Silver with Blake Gillespie

    Episode 48: Sharing My First Letter to Adam Silver with Blake Gillespie

    Blake Gillespie is on the pod (again!) to discuss the first letter I wrote to Adam Silver, back in the early fall of 2017, regarding the rule that the NBA had/has in place that requires players to stand for the National Anthem. 

    Blake Gillespie is a former journalist and current writer who thinks and makes work about basketball as a force larger than the game itself.  Blake is the writer, editor and creator behind Sacred: On Devotion to Spiritual Hoops, a publication that looks at the meditative and mental value of the game. He is based in Sacramento, CA. You can read and learn more about Sacred here and follow him on instagram here. 

    Blake and I reference a couple things throughout the course of the conversation. Here is a link JJ Reddick's discussion with Taylor Rooks and here is a link to a conversation between Dave Zirin and Craig Hodges (you can also find their conversation in the Edge of Sports podcast feed). Also, an article that address the portal that Blake and I spoke about can be found here.  

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Episode 47: Tay Butler on Repurposing as Justice

    Episode 47: Tay Butler on Repurposing as Justice

    Tay Butler is a multimedia artist based in Houston, TX. He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he is focusing on photography. 

    Tay and I had the chance to discuss our frustrations with mainstream outlets using photography as an often misleading form of representation and his ongoing series of collages where he repurposes found imagery to create new narratives. And of course, we discussed the NBA reopening, predictions for the rest of the season and Tay's time playing basketball in Kosovo + beyond. 

    You can view his artwork here and follow him on Instagram here.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Episode 46: Noel W. Anderson on the Potential of Undoing

    Episode 46: Noel W. Anderson on the Potential of Undoing

    Noel W. Anderson is a visual artist and Area Head of Printmaking at New York University’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. He has an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University. 

    Our conversation focuses on Noel's practice and work, much of it in the context of the murder of George Floyd and the mass protests that have followed. Noel's work is heavy,  both in physical material and concept.  Heavy, and also weightless as his pieces and ideas embody and span a range of time periods, critical theories and visual temptations. 

    You can view Anderson's artwork and find his writings here and you can follow him on Instagram here. 

    • 2 hr
    Episode 45: Gina Adams on Broken Treaties and Confronting US History

    Episode 45: Gina Adams on Broken Treaties and Confronting US History

    Gina Adams is a multimedia artist who lives in Vancouver, Canada where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Adams' studio work includes the reuse of antique quilts and broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes, sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing. She is a descendant of both Indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial Americans. Her work speaks to her own identity as well as the historical and ongoing injustices preserved and perpetuated by the United States government. Adams' work has been exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and beyond and her work has been featured in many publication, including The New Yorker and Hyperallergic. 

    Adams' work is both delicate and heavy, stagnant and fluid, which speaks to the complexity that comes from looking back, while being present and considering the possibility of a better future. 

    Thank you to Gina Adams for coming on the show. 

    You can find more of Gina's work on her website here and you can follow her on Instagram here 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 44: A Heartfelt Plea to Adam Silver and a Dispatch from Sacramento with Blake Gillespie

    Episode 44: A Heartfelt Plea to Adam Silver and a Dispatch from Sacramento with Blake Gillespie

    About a week ago, Blake Gillespie reached out to me with a letter he had written to Adam Silver regarding the reopening of basketball. The letter, written so carefully and tenderly, is about much more than the game.

    Blake Gillespie is a professional writer. He began his career contributing to Impose Magazine, an independent music and culture publication based in Brooklyn. He was a partner in the publication from 2012 to 2016, serving as an Associate Editor on the West Coast. He has contributed to numerous online and print publications including; Vice Sports, Bandcamp Daily, The Sacramento Bee, The East Bay Express, and The Sacramento News & Review. Blake is also the author and publisher of Sacred, a literary journal dedicated to basketball's universal language. Sacred is his first book and encompasses sports, art and spirituality. He is based in Sacramento and enjoys the game of basketball on many levels. . 

    https://www.sacredhoopsbook.com/shop/sacred-vol-1

    You can follow Blake on instagram @scaredhoopbook and @busygillespie

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 43: Big Game, Small World with Alexander Wolff

    Episode 43: Big Game, Small World with Alexander Wolff

    Long time Sports Illustrated writer Alexander Wolff joins the podcast to discuss his book (one of my favorites ) Big Game, Small World. In 1998, after the Chicago Bulls had won their sixth title but before Michael Jordan had officially announced his retirement, Alex began a year long trip to see how basketball exists in different places all over the world. From the middle of Bhutan to the middle of Bosnia, from China to Angola, Alex gives the reader insight into how the meaning of the game can be translated, and re-translated by various cultures and peoples. 

    This interview was very special for me because Big Game, Small World has come to be a guidebook for my own artwork. It is a true cultural document that holds weight eighteen years after it's publishing. 

    To read more about Alex, his career accomplishments and his recent book The Audacity of Hoop, please click here. 

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Mensetpila ,

A Must Listen for All in the Sports World

As a sports fan/player/coach/administrator, the guests' and host's unique perspectives on sports from an artistic standpoint offers insights that those in the sports world can learn an incredible amount from (perspectives we may not normally be exposed to). It also offers those in the sports world an introduction/first step into the art world, using a familiar connection/subject (I am finding myself viewing art so much differently now after listening). I really hope this "Sport & Art" concept can be more prevalent in educational settings (online, in-person, etc)!

Pip01224 ,

Intelligent conversations about the world

Smart and original, Dear Adam Silver talks about art and sports in such a thoughtful way it is a breath of fresh air. Worth a listen!

MaryVaghefi ,

Can't wait for the next episode!!!

Can't wait for the next episode!!!

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