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Future Exhibitions

With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith

September 29, 2018–January 6, 2019

An iconic photo of Tommie Smith looking down and raising his fist as he stands on the podium at the 1968 Olympics.

Tommie Smith (center)

© Time & Life Pictures/ Getty Images.

A half century before NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee, gold medal sprinter Tommie Smith raised a fist at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico to protest abuse of human rights around the world and in response to the struggle for civil rights in the United States. His historic gesture, and its reverberations over the past 50 years, will be explored in this important exhibition organized by the High Museum of Art.

The exhibition is the culmination of a multiyear collaboration between Smith and Los Angeles–based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino and will feature sculptural installations and other works by Kaino, objects from the Tommie Smith archives and an animation of Smith’s winning race created from contributed drawings. By bridging the past and present, With Drawn Arms will resonate powerfully in the current moment of reckoning with racial injustice in America.

Organization and Support

With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with Glenn Kaino.

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Partner

Exhibition Series Sponsors

Ambassador Exhibition Series Supporters
Tom and Susan Wardell

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund