Kleophrades Painter (500–490 BCE) Panathenaic prize amphora, ca. 525-500 BCE
Terracotta, overall: 25 x 14 5/8 in.
Archaic Greek, Attic. Rogers Fund, 1916. (16.7i)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY

Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904)
Animal Locomotion, Plate 163, 1887
“Jumping, standing broad jump”
Collotype, 14 x 17 in.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Francis L. Capers, Bruce Museum Collection 88.26
Photo by Paul Mutino

The Olympic Games: Art, Culture & Sport

May 12, 2012 - September 2, 2012

Just in time for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, this exhibition compares the ancient and modern Olympiads through objects, art, science and technology and follows the sports that have endured since antiquity – footraces, wrestling, boxing, and the ancient pentathlon events of long jump, javelin, discus, sprints, and wrestling.

Spanning the breadth of Olympic history, the show investigates the subplots of the games from the celebration of the competitors to the role of the spectators.

A custom-built six-foot mini-diorama recreating one of the earliest Greek stadiums sports more than 1,200 miniature participants.

Ancient Greek vases, historical and modern sports equipment and memorabilia, modern art, archival and contemporary videos, and interactive elements will convey the multiple threads that constitute the Olympic fabric.


Click here to learn about educational programs that complement the exhibition.


Above: Details from a 6-foot by 3-foot diorama of an early stadium that features more than 1,200 athletes, judges and spectators, each no more than 5/8” tall, plus buildings, tracks, pits and other trappings of ancient competition. Figures are shown with a quarter for scale. Construction and Photos by Bob Leavy