SMU's Pollock Gallery presents 1972 opening reception

Photo courtesy of Meadows School of the Arts

The Pollock Gallery of the Division of Art at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present 1972, a film and exhibit by Sarah Morris.

In the 38-minute film, produced in 2008, Morris gathers together picturesque views of the land and cityscapes of Munich, archival photographs, the empty Olympic stadium and interior spaces such as offices and screening rooms. She interweaves them with documentary-style interview footage of Georg Sieber, the psychologist and consultant who was hired by the National Olympic Committee (NOC) to lead the security team for the fateful 1972 Olympiad.

Recounting the security training and preparations undertaken by the NOC in preparation for the 1972 Summer Olympics through to the eventual hostage crisis during which 11 Israeli athletes were kidnapped and murdered by the Palestinian terrorist group who called themselves Black September, Sieber presents a convincing case for faith in procedure, rehearsal and systemic structures and at the same time shows their failure.

A selection from Morris’s Timecodes series of silkscreen prints will be exhibited alongside the film, as well as three of the Pinnell Collection’s original posters from the Munich Olympics, which were designed by Otl Aicher.

Following the opening reception, the film will be on display through November 8. The Pollock Gallery is located on the first floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center



Pollock Gallery
6116 N. Central Expy.
Suite 101
Dallas, TX 75206


Admission is free.
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