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Jun 10, 2023, 6:00 pmSep 3, 2023, 6:00 pm


Opening June 10, 2023, 1PM—5PM
Free and open to the public

On View June 10 – September 3, 2023
169 Henry St, New Haven, CT 06511

NXTHVN is thrilled to announce COMMON PRACTICE: Public Access, opening Saturday June 10th.

Presented by NXTHVN and organized by Common Practice, this group exhibition is the first part of Common Practice’s summer 2023 project slate. The exhibition examines the role and importance of “the park” in the formations of communities. Contributing artists utilize photography, photo collage, and film to explore the impact of basketball as a cultural medium and its capacity for community building. COMMON PRACTICE: Public Access features work from Anwulika Anigbo, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Kevin Couliau, Sue Kwon, Hope Mora, Daniel Ramos, Robin Rhode, Tschabalala Self, Paul Anthony Smith, Ashley Tillery, SHAN Wallace and Kim Weston.

Along with the exhibition, Common Practice has partnered with New Haven-based artist Tschabalala Self to design a large-scale on-court basketball mural in Dixwell’s Goffe Street Park. The unveiling of the newly painted courts will occur on June 10th along with the opening of the show. Thanks to the generous support of Five-Star Basketball, project partner Project Backboard facilitated the physical resurfacing and repainting of the public basketball courts at Goffe Street Park.

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Haven will be leading basketball activities on court. Families and children are encouraged to join! Summer Camp registrations will be available on site.

The exhibition and basketball court installation are organized by Common Practice founder (and NXTHVN’s Creative Director) John Dennis.

Common Practice utilizes the intersection of art and basketball to create community impact. The ideals of Common Practice have been expressed through ongoing exhibitions, publications, large-scale basketball court installations, and cinematic storytelling. Recent projects include basketball court refurbishments and community activations with Faith Ringgold, Edgar Heap of Birds and MoMA PS1. The book, Common Practice: Basketball & Contemporary Art (2021, Skira), co-edited by John Dennis, Dan Peterson, and Carlos Rolón, with additional authorship by artists Titus Kaphar, Michelle Grabner and RaMell Ross, exists as a 350-page catalog of seminal artworks thematically unified by the use of basketball-related art and imagery. Proceeds from book sales have supported additional Project Backboard basketball court refurbishments and Common Practice programs.

Project collaborator Kindred Studio is currently in production with a film about the connection between art and basketball and the collective impact of this intersectionality. The film will use COMMON PRACTICE: Public Access programming as an opportunity to invite key stakeholders in the Dixwell community to collaborate and share stories about their experiences growing up in the area.

Gallery Hours: Wed–Sun, 2PM–6PM

NXTHVN Gallery
169 Henry St
New Haven, CT 06511

For inquiries, please email exhibitions@nxthvn.com
For press inquiries, please contact Carrie Paveglio at carrie@olucompany.com


Photo Credit: You Talk Over a Beat by Anwulika Anigbo