A Notable art exhibition, Sport in Art, opened last week at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where it will continue until December 15. In a joyful wire to Museum Director Perry Rathbone, a member called it, "Most catalytic event of its kind since the Tea Party. Congratulations!"
Sport in Art, a collection of 102 sports-inspired paintings, prints and drawings from outstanding American museums, galleries and private collections, is a joint effort by the American Federation of Arts and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
To celebrate Sport in Art's premi�re in Boston, Wm. J. Filene & Sons Co. staged a pageant of women's sports fashions, flown in for the event from Italy, New York, the U.S. West Coast and New England. Filene's also turned its famous corner window over to the Boston Museum's art classes, which for ten days did their painting and sketching before an absorbed crowd of sidewalk shoppers.
Next week's issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will have reproductions of some of the works in the exhibition. But in the hope that many of you will be able to visit the show as it tours museums throughout the country during the next nine months—and that you will enjoy it as much as I did—here is a list of its appearances after Boston:
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Finally the exhibition will travel under the sponsorship of the U.S. Information Agency across the world to the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. There against the background of the Olympics the exhibition will express the timeless beauty of sport as artists have captured it through the centuries—and as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED records it throughout the year in SPORT IN ART.