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The cover of Bernarr Macfadden's physical culture magazine, Physical Culture, from February 1910, featuring a photograph of Macfadden.

Barbells & Bios: Physical Culture Magazine

Established by American physical culturist Bernarr MacFadden in late 1899, Physical Culture Magazine was one of the most iconic American health, weight lifting and physical culture magazines of the early twentieth century. Covering everything from health and diet to fictional short stories, Physical Culture is a deeply rich resource for scholars of health, physical culture, gender, sport and American...

June 17, 2020February 19, 2020
A black fist, dusted with chalk, tape on the thumb, grips a barbell, alluding to the gesture of black power and solidarity in the context of strength training and physical culture.

A Statement on Racial Injustice

We at the Stark Center would like to offer our support to those courageous folks currently seeking solutions to the racial injustices which have plagued this nation since its founding. These deep-rooted issues permeate all facets of American life, including public health, as we’ve seen during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but also the realm of...

June 6, 2020June 10, 2020
Painting of bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, who played the Incredible Hulk on television, in a front double biceps pose, by Thomas Beecham, from the Thomas Beecham Collection; donated by Joe and Betty Weider.

Barbells & Bios: The Thomas Beecham Collection

One of the most iconic images of the Stark Center, aside from the Farnese Hercules, is undoubtedly the Thomas Beecham collection of paintings. Done by the painter Thomas Beecham for Joe Weider, Beecham’s painted several portraits of famed bodybuilders from the 1960s to 1980s. Eight in total, the paintings depicted the awarded winning physiques of...

June 3, 2020February 19, 2020