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Flashing the Leather: Baseball and Contemporary Art

The Baker Museum Lecture Series

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Feb 16, 10:00am
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The Baker Museum Lecture Series
Flashing the Leather:
Baseball and Contemporary Art

Aaron Levi Garvey, independent curator

Art and design have been prevalent throughout the history of baseball, from logo designs to baseball cards to uniforms. The lecture Flashing the Leather (a baseball term used to admiringly describe a dexterous defensive play) will explore baseball as a point of artistic reference and inspiration over the decades, focusing particularly on the period from the infamous baseball strike of 1994 to the present day. This talk will highlight works of art that address the rituals and concepts within baseball and baseball history, archetypes and superstitions unique to the game and the use of baseball objects as an artist’s medium. Baseball’s long history includes a checkered past of ups and downs, from celebrated historic social justice figures to steroid and sign-stealing scandals. Yet, baseball has been at the epicenter of American culture for nearly 200 years and has permeated cultures around the globe as a form of community building. Flashing the Leather takes a deep dive into baseball’s social underpinnings as told through contemporary artists’ voices, using metaphors, concepts and superstitions from the sport.

This presentation is part of the exhibition Baseball Heroes: Works from the Jay H. Baker Collection.

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Aaron Levi Garvey

Aaron Levi Garvey

Aaron Levi Garvey is a Jewish-American curator and historian working and lecturing in modern and contemporary arts and culture. Currently, Garvey is the chief curator and program director of Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation and the director and curator of Long Road Projects. Recent exhibitions and projects include: The Hudson Eye, a 10-day and 24-venue arts-focused program in Hudson, New York, which has featured the work and performances of notable artists such as David Hammons, Allora and Calzadilla, Terence Koh, Marina Abramović, Shikeith, Rachel Libeskind and Ana Mendieta; The Drowned at Alabama Contemporary in Mobile, Alabama; Chiharu Shiota’s site-specific installation Infinity Lines at the SCAD Museum of Art; Ephemera Obscura at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans and Manon Bellet's MEMO and Shikeith’s notes towards becoming a spill, both at Atlanta Contemporary. Additionally, Garvey curated We Are What You Eat, the inaugural art exhibition at the United Nations headquarters in New York City in 2016, and co-curated the Atlanta Biennial (ATLBNL): Recent Correspondence at Atlanta Contemporary in August 2016. Garvey has worked with Creative Capital for the Visual Arts Grant Award review panels as both an evaluator and grant reader and most recently has been a visiting curator and lecturer the Joan Mitchell Center, a grant reviewer for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, grants nominator for United States Artists and collaborating curator with Independent Curators International. A passionate baseball fan, Garvey is also the curator of the forthcoming exhibition Flashing the Leather: Baseball and Contemporary Art (dates and venues TBA).

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