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The Art of Baseball

April 17, 2015 — September 20, 2015

Overview

The Art of Baseball explored the many ways that artists have responded to America’s national pastime. Ranging from fine art to folk art and beyond, the exhibition included nearly 50 works, including paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, textiles, and the decorative arts. Above all, the show celebrated baseball’s immediacy, accessibility, and all-American fun! Doris Kearns Goodwin served as Honorary Curator of the exhibition. Drawn primarily from an exceptional private collection in New York, the show featured works by acclaimed American artists — including John Marin, Robert Rauschenberg, John Sloan, and William Zorach — who were clearly inspired by baseball. Additional highlights included Boston Red Sox artifacts — the bat used by Jim Rice to hit his 301st home run, a mask worn by Carlton Fisk, a cap worn by Carl Yastrzemski, a glove used by Ted Williams, and three Red Sox World Series rings — courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and a private collection.

Click here to view the online exhibition for The Art of Baseball.