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Tune into wexarts.org for a timely appraisal of ESPN's documentary series The Last Dance with essayist, critic, and poet Hanif Abdurraqib and CBS basketball analyst, former NBA player, and Ohio State grad Clark Kellogg.
The Last Dance is a cable phenomenon and the subject of intense scrutiny in any corner where sports are discussed. Originally launching in April 2020 and concluding May 17, the 10-part Netflix series examines the Chicago Bulls' 1997–98 season, during which Michael Jordan played his last game for the team—but it also tackles much more. A deep dive into Jordan's playing career, his seismic impact on pop culture, and the interplay between sports and marketing, The Last Dance is an incisive, absorbing look at a transformative moment in sports history. With much to consider, Wex Director of Film/Video David Filipi joins Abdurraqib and Kellogg to talk about the players, the culture, and the sport of basketball itself in this probing video conversation.
Clark Kellogg on the court for the Buckeyes. Photo courtesy of Ohio State Athletics.
Hanif Abdurraqib, photo: Marcus Jackson
Clark Kellogg (left) and David Filipi (right) at the Wexner Center's The Politics of Sports talk, September 10, 2018.
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, who has been published in the New York Times, New Yorker, FADER, and Pitchfork. His first full-length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much (Button Poetry, 2016) was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award and nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017) was named a book of the year by Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, Los Angeles Review, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. His critically acclaimed Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest (University of Texas, 2019) is a New York Times Bestseller. His next book is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, scheduled to be released March 2021.
Clark Kellogg has been a CBS Sports basketball analyst for the past 25 years. He served as the lead analyst for CBS Sports' coverage of college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, since July 2008 before returning to the studio as an analyst for the NCAA Tournament in 2014. He played for Ohio State (1979–82) and earned All-Big Ten and Most Valuable Player honors (1982). Kellogg was the first draft pick of the Indiana Pacers in 1982 and played five seasons before retiring with chronic knee problems. Kellogg lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife, Rosy, and three children; earned a marketing degree from Ohio State in December 1996; and is a past member of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.
David Filipi has been with the Wexner Center's film/video department since 1994 and director since 2010. He has organized hundreds of film events at the center, including retrospectives of and visits by such filmmakers as Richard Linklater, Milos Forman, Lucrecia Martel, Marie Losier, Pedro Costa, Philip Kaufman, Claire Denis, Olivier Assayas, Charles Burnett, Natalia Almada, Frederick Wiseman, Penelope Spheeris, Julie Dash, Catherine Breillat, Harry Belafonte, and dozens of other established and emerging filmmakers. Beginning in 2004, his archival “Rare Baseball Films” program has been presented at the center and numerous venues across the country including New York’s Film Forum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Filipi has overseen residency projects by Guy Maddin, Art Spiegelman, the Quay Brothers, John Canemaker, and Bill Morrison. He organized the publication of Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes: On Brazil and Global Cinema (2018, edited by Stephanie Dennison and Maite Conde) the first English-language collection of the influential Brazilian critic’s work. Since 2015, he has curated the center’s annual Cinema Revival: A Festival of Film Restoration. In 2019, he organized the 11-city touring retrospective Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film which surveyed the career of the Academy Award-winning director (along with Steve Bognar) of American Factory, and traveled to such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Speed Art Museum, and more.
A member of Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum advisory board, in 2008 he co-curated Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond, the first exhibition devoted to the influential comic book artist, at the center. He regularly serves on panels and juries for arts and funding organizations.
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Hanif Abdurraqib and Clark Kellogg