Thursday, July 16, 2009

East or West - Fine Baseball Exhibits

July 2009 Baseball Exhibits
By Susan Petrone

Two baseball-related exhibits on opposite ends of the country. This information is posted as a courtesy.

One of the most ubiquitous and instantly recognizable American pop culture artifacts, the baseball trading card, is the subject of a new exhibition sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary. Cardboard Fetish will on exhibit at the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, California, from July 6-July 31, 2009. Admission is free.

Mixing nostalgia, affection, irreverence, and social commentary, Cardboard Fetish explores the history of baseball cards from their origins in the 19th century as advertising mechanisms for tobacco products through their more recent status as a locus of intense baby-boomer nostalgia and object of currency, with some cards fetching astronomical prices.

The exhibition also features a special display, “The History of Baseball Card Defacing,” by Pennsylvania-based artist Paul Kuhrman, in addition to artist-designed baseball cards, related artworks, and/or commentaries by Cynthia Paige Aaron, Brendan Boyd, Chester Crill, Joe Dossen, Ted Duarte, Michael Guccione, Fred Harris, Greg Jezewski, Albert Kilchesty, Melissa Ann Lambert, Bob Lemke, Jon Leonoudakis, Bruce Markusen, Richard Newton, T.S. O’Connell, Christy Patrick, Jacqueline Ruyak, Ben Sakoguchi, William Scaff, Judy Spak, Keith Ullrich, and Mel Weiner.

Pasadena Central Library hours for the exhibition are: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Friday-Saturday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm. For additional information, phone the Baseball Reliquary at (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone the Pasadena Central Library at (626) 744-4066.

The Baseball Reliquary is a Pasadena-based nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime’s unparalleled creative possibilities. Cardboard Fetish is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Going Going Gone Sports and Scherer Gallery present "BASEBALL AT STEUBEN." This unique show merges the art and sports world into a celebration of America's greatest game. Among the artists included are Norman Rockwell, Gary Erbe, Ben Ganz, and Palmer Hayden. These monumental tributes pay homage to the greatest teams in basball history including the 1927 Yankees, 1961 Yankees, 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers and the 1969 NY Mets.

Individual achievements by Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Hank Aaron are captured in stunning displays. Historical moments involving Bobby Thomson and Mickey Owens are given special attention. Whether you are a NY Yankees, NY Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers, or NY Mets die hard, you will appreciate this special collection. The dates of the exhibition are July 9th through August 8th, 10am - 6pm mon-sat. Furthermore, Going Going Gone Sports will donate a portion of all sales to the fight against ALS disease, paying respect to Lou Gehrig on the 70th anniversary of his famous speech.

To get a glimpse of this event, please visit our website The location of the show is 667 Madison Avenue, New York, New York. For further information please call 212-593-9716 or 646-285-1497.


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