Putting the Balls Away

performance, single channel video, installation, 2006-2009

Putting the Balls Away is an interactive performance, a single channel video, and a video installation depicting the historic tennis match, the “Battle of the Sexes.” In 1973, “Battle of the Sexes,” held at the Houston Astrodome, was the most-watched live sporting event to date. It infamously pitted former Wimbledon men’s champion Bobby Riggs against Billie Jean King at a moment when women tennis players demanded pay equal to that of their male counterparts. Billie Jean King’s victory over Bobby Riggs at this event sparked a cultural debate that exceeded the sports arena. 

Performance premiere at Show and Tell, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, 2006