NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S BILLIE JEAN KING PHOTO
EXHIBITION ON VIEW AT US OPEN

Special photo exhibition celebrates social justice pioneer and sports icon

 

WHEN:

On view during the 2019 US Open, August 19 – September 8, 2019

WHAT:

Sports icon and lifelong advocate for equality and social justice, Billie Jean King is an inspiration both on and off the tennis court. At this year’s US Open, visitors can marvel at her achievements and activism in New-York Historical Society’s traveling exhibition showcasing more than 75 photographs from her life and career, on view at the Chase Center near the East Gate at the US Open.

King lobbied for and obtained equal prize money for women at the US Open in 1973. She is renowned for her celebrated win over Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” match on September 20, 1973, and has won an incredible 39 Grand Slams. New-York Historical is home to Billie Jean King’s archive, which she donated in 2016. The exhibition was originally co-curated by Helen R. Russell, researcher, Billie Jean King Enterprises; and Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

WHERE:

On view at the Chase Center near the East Gate at the US Open

ABOUT
N-YHS:

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. To learn more, visit nyhistory.org.
 

PRESS INFO:

US Open, Chris Widmaier: widmaier@usta.com

New-York Historical Society, Marybeth Ihle: marybeth.ihle@nyhistory.org

 

IMAGE CAPTION: Billie Jean King, ca. 1973. Photo credit: ©AELTC/Michael Cole

 
Date: 
Monday, August 19, 2019
Creative: Tronvig Group