If you are like me, you can't wait to tune into the Olympics every night after work. So imagine my joy when I arrived at the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute (on my way to complete some research in the art library for work) to find an exhibit of Olympic art and memorabilia comparing the 1936 games in Berlin with today's games in Beijing. On display were some really exciting things including the 1936 Olympic torch, a 1936 Olympic poster designed by Franz Wurbel,
one of the rings presented to high ranking Olympic officials and bearing the swastika symbol, an original Athenian Lekythos depicting a chariot scene from 480 B.C. as well as two ancient gold leaves which were presented as victory fillets, and photographs of Jesse Owens running at the Berlin games.
In an adjoining room is the University of Louisville's newest collection of German Expressionist prints donated by Dr. and Mrs. Richard Edelson. Among the prints is a moving piece entitled "Warsaw Ghetto" completed by Jack Levine in 1969.
On November 11, 2007, Jack Levine's lithograph "To an Unknown German Photographer in the Warsaw Ghetto" sold at Ivey-Selkirk for $275.
On December 4, 2005, Van Sabben Auctions sold the Franz Wurbel Olympic poster for 1,800 Euro or $2,120 US. The poster measures 39.8" X 24.6"
Exhibit runs through Aug. 28.
Gallery hours: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Friday;
10 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday.
Hite Art Institute Schneider Hall galleries, (map) located on Belknap campus
Admission is free and open to the public.