ExhibitionsWith Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith
Past Exhibition

With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith

September 29, 2018 – February 3, 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, which will introduce several new works, is the culmination of a multiyear collaboration between Los Angeles–based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino and Smith and will feature sculptural installations and drawings by Kaino and Smith, objects from the Tommie Smith archives, and a series of drawings contributed by students from across the United States. By bridging the past and present, With Drawn Arms powerfully resonates in the current moment of reckoning with racial injustice in America.

With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
This exhibition is made possible by

Exhibition Series Sponsors

Premier Exhibition Series Supporter

The Antinori Foundation
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Benefactor Exhibition Series SupporterAnne Cox Chambers Foundation
Ambassador Exhibition Series SupportersTom and Susan WardellRod Westmoreland

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters

The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Corporate Environments
Marcia and John Donnell
W. Daniel Ebersole and Sarah Eby-Ebersole
Peggy Foreman
Robin and Hilton Howell
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Margot and Danny McCaul
Generous support is also provided byAlfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Marjorie and Carter Crittenden, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, Massey Charitable Trust, Vicki and John Palmer, RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund, and Dr. Diane L. Wisebram