Stills from Hinchliffe Restoration Project, 2010
Hinchliffe Stadium (pronounced Hinch-liffe, although many pronounce it Hinch-cliff) is an historic 10,000-seat municipal stadium in Paterson, New Jersey, built in 1931–32 on a dramatic escarpment above Paterson’s national landmark Great Falls, and surrounded by the city’s national landmark Historic District, the first planned industrial settlement in the nation (chartered in 1792). It is one of only a handful of stadiums surviving nationally that once played host to significant Negro league baseball during America’s Jim Crow era. (From Wikipedia)
This work connects local, national, and international sports stories including those of Larry Doby and Eleanor Egg, who once played at Hinchliffe Stadium, and my own history as an athlete and gender-queer. The athlete in the video, Ashante Timoll, is a local basketball coach. Ashante collaborated on actions and props. I used Paterson’s abandoned, historic stadium as a set for a lone athlete’s struggle for victory. This stadium and Paterson at large represent the aftermaths of the post-industrial moment in American culture and economics.
Kerry Downey (born 1979, Florida) is currently based in New York. She holds a B.A. from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College. She has been a contributing member of art collective Action Club since 2009 and Flux Factory since 2003. Downey’s work has been highlighted in the Brooklyn Rail, the Village Voice, and the Believer. Her curatorial work has been discussed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the London Sunday Times. Recent works have been exhibited at Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies, the Bronx River Arts Center, Horton Gallery, Invisible Dog, and A.I.R Gallery. In 2009, she was nominated for Joan Mitchell Foundation’s MFA. Grant Program for Sculpture. She currently teaches at MoMA and Hunter College.