Exhibition: “A Baseball Four-Bagger,” July 2-July 30, Pasadena, CA

The Baseball Reliquary presents “A Baseball Four-Bagger,” four separate mini-exhibitions spotlighting baseball history, culture, and art, from July 2-July 30, 2016 at the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, California.  The displays are featured in the North Entrance, Business Wing, and Humanities Wing.

Tom Lasorda and Steve Garvey

Tom Lasorda and Steve Garvey

The display in the North Entrance is based on Michael Fallon’s new book, Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers, utilizing photographs, artworks, and documents to illustrate key elements of the author’s original research.  Although the book – and the display – focus on those memorable Dodger teams that played in two consecutive World Series in 1977-78, they simultaneously examine the political, cultural, and economic forces that impacted Los Angeles and the state of California at the time.

Pat Riot Baseball Card Collage

Pat Riot Baseball Card Collage

In the Business Wing are displays of artworks by Greg Jezewski and baseball card collages by Pat Riot.  Influenced by comic books, monster movies, and pop culture ephemera, Greg Jezewski has produced baseball-related artwork since the early 1980s.  His paintings, assemblages, and mixed-media works – meticulously crafted, and filled with symbolism and visual puns – have been shown at many galleries and institutions, and are represented in distinguished collections.  Artist Pat Riot has shown his work in Los Angeles since 1996.  For this display, he will feature his latest baseball card collages, which he calls “Discards.” Baseball blogger Ben Henry wrote, “Riot’s work turns the traditional hero worship inherent to baseball cards on its ear, forcing the viewer to question the very purpose of a sports card while poking fun at the covetous nature of the hobby.”

In the Humanities Wing is “A Game of Color: Selections from the Michael Brown Negro Leagues Collection,” featuring signed baseballs, photographs, statues, figurines, and ephemera, courtesy of the Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College.  The Negro Leagues were United States professional baseball leagues comprising teams predominantly made up of African American players, which began in the 1920s and, following the integration of Major League Baseball, were defunct by the late 1950s.

Jackie Robinson Statue

Jackie Robinson Negro Leagues Statue

“A Baseball Four-Bagger” is supported, in part, by a grant to the Baseball Reliquary from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.  Library hours for the exhibition are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. For directions, phone (626) 744-4066 during library hours.

For additional information, please contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at terymar@earthlink.net.

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