ANOTHER TRIP IN BASEBALL’S TIME MACHINE: PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE FIELD OF DREAMS

Exhibition: July 6-August 31, 2013
Location: Pasadena Central Library (Humanities Wing, Business Wing, and Centennial Room)
Address: 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101

“Pop Quiz. What do the photograph and baseball have in common? They both officially were invented in 1839 – though baseball’s debut is in fact tougher to pin down – and both stop time, permitting us to retain in our mind’s eye what in ‘real life’ passes before us too quickly.” – John Thorn in The Game for All America (1988)

The Baseball Reliquary presents “Another Trip in Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams,” an exhibition which highlights the dynamic relationship between photography and baseball from the game’s formative years to the modern era, from July 6-August 31, 2013. The exhibition will be at the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, California, in the Humanities and Business Wings and the Centennial Room.

Rather than simply presenting a collection of the most famous baseball photographs, the exhibition will serve more as a window on American baseball, both the professional and amateur games, as seen through the perspectives of a select group of observers. The Baseball Reliquary invited historians, authors, curators, librarians, and artists to contribute their “favorite” baseball photograph from any time period, along with a caption/description explaining why the image holds such personal interest and meaning. Through these contributions, the viewer can explore the influence of photography on baseball history and encounter highly personal observations on our national pastime.

Contributors to “Another Trip in Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams” include, in alphabetical order, Frank Ceresi (The National Pastime Museum), Howard Cole, David Davis, Paul Dickson, Raymond Doswell (Negro Leagues Baseball Museum), Morris Eckhouse, Chris Epting, Steve Fjeldsted, Bill Hickman, Greg Jezewski, Charles Kapner, Albert Kilchesty, Bruce Markusen, Dan McLaughlin (Pasadena Public Library), Mark Ocegueda, Joe Price, Andy Strasberg, Nick Smith, Kevin Varrone, and Pamela Wilson.

Also included in the exhibition will be a portfolio of 25 historic black-and-white baseball photographs from The Rucker Archive.

Operated by renowned collector, photo archivist, and historian Mark Rucker, The Rucker Archive is a repository for thousands of baseball photographs, many of which have never been previously published or exhibited.

“Another Trip in Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams” has been curated by Terry Cannon, Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary, a Southern California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history.

The exhibition 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.

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