The BASEBALL RELIQUARY Inc.
As part of its series The Interior Diamond: Baseball and the Arts, the Baseball Reliquary will present “Shadows of Summer: Baseball and the Moving Image,” a selection of excerpts from films, videos, and television programs which offers historical and contemporary perspectives on the national pastime. The program has been curated, and will be introduced, by Dan Einstein, television archivist at the UCLA Film and Television Archives; David Davis, who has written about sports films for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, and the Village Voice; and Albert Kilchesty, Archivist and Historian of the Baseball Reliquary.
Highlights of the program include:
A look at the early baseball comedies of Joe E. Brown, including Alibi Ike (1935), based loosely on the stories of sportswriter Ring Lardner. An excellent athlete with an endearing screen presence, Brown was one of Hollywood’s most ardent baseball fans.
A selection of excerpts from rare and obscure baseball-related programs from the television collection of the UCLA Film and Television Archives.
Vanalyne Green’s widely-acclaimed video A Spy in the House that Ruth Built, in which the artist appropriates the all-male arena of professional baseball to create a visual essay about family and loss. Confronted with such a strange wonderland, devoid of women, Green is compelled to reinterpret baseball’s symbolism — its womb-like landscape, cycles, and rituals — to construct an iconography that pays homage to the female. With humor and irony, Green has created a video that is both a personal revelation and a heretical portrait of the national pastime.
“Shadows of Summer: Baseball and the Moving Image” will be presented on Sunday, August 26, 2001 at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, California. The program will begin at 2:00 PM (doors open at 1:30 PM) and admission is free of charge. Free parking is available on the street in the vicinity of the library or in the Los Angeles County parking structure located at 240 Ramona Street, one-half block south of Walnut, between Marengo and Garfield Avenues.
|The series The Interior Diamond: Baseball and the Arts is made possible in part by a grant from LIVE! @ your library, an initiative of the American Library Association, with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.|
For further information, contact the Baseball Reliquary by phone at (626) 791-7647 or by e-mail at email@example.com.