CAMH COURT graphic. Courtesy Phillip Pyle, II.

Past Exhibition


March 18, 2023 - April 28, 2023
Brown Foundation Gallery


Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) and adidas Basketball present CAMH COURT, the first-ever playable basketball court in an art museum, commissioned and designed by renowned Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. In addition to the custom court, Hancock has designed the backboards and basketballs, extending the cast of characters that populate his fantastical world into new dimensions. 

In celebration of the March–April 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four® in Houston, CAMH COURT uniquely conforms to the signature dimensions of CAMH’s Brown Foundation Gallery through canting a regulation-size court into a parallelogram. Emerging from Hancock’s hyper-imagination, the court is an immersive and uniquely spirited environment where players might dunk from the three-point line or lose themselves in the embrace of Hancock’s striped Bringback characters, which swarm from baseline to baseline. 

Hancock has a storied history with CAMH, from his landmark first solo exhibition, Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Life and Death of #1, in 2001; the group show, Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Comics in Contemporary Art, in 2003; to his 2014 retrospective, Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing. Hancock’s shows have continually been some of the most celebrated in the institution’s almost 75-year history. His work creates new worlds for audiences to explore, and CAMH COURT offers an extension of this, again welcoming audiences into a space of fantasy and play. 

CAMH COURT is on view and playable March 18–April 28, 2023. Please note: the court will not be available during the Museum’s private events and programmed hours. For more information on CAMH’s events and programs, check our updated hours of operation here and view our calendar here.


CAMH COURT is organized by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and curated by Hesse McGraw, Executive Director.


CAMH COURT is presented in collaboration with adidas Basketball.

CAMH COURT is created in partnership with Creative Sports Concepts.

CAMH COURT is made possible by the patrons, benefactors, and donors to CAMH’s Major Exhibition Fund: Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Sissy and Denny Kempner, Dillon Kyle and Sam Lasseter, MD Anderson Foundation, Rea Charitable Trust, The Sarofim Foundation, The Stolbun Family, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is partly funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Thank you to the partners and supporters of CAMH COURT programming: Grind Basketball, Houston Rockets, and Tradeblock.

Free admission for all is generously supported by Mara and Erick Calderon.

In-kind support is provided by Heist Agency and Peter Molick.

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