About the Photographer
American, b. 1962
Michelle Grabner considers the relationships among sports, aggression, gender, and technology. Grabner took this image with a cell phone, adding yet another layer of mediation through which we experience sports and nods to the increasing use of multiple technological devices as portals through which we can escape the mundane surroundings of our everyday lives. Grabner was born only a few years prior to the passage of the Title IX Equal Opportunity in Education Act, which ensures monetary balance across genders in collegiate athletics. In the artist’s lifetime, gender issues have taken on many new dimensions, yet we see the extent to which gender continues to inform our approaches to watching professional sports—and the expectations we bring to the experience.