Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

(310) 440-4500

FREE on-site parking; street parking strictly prohibited

Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Last entry to the gallery is at 4:30 p.m.  

Closed Mondays

ADMISSION includes all exhibitions:

$12 – General

$9Seniors (65 and up),  Full-Time Students with ID, Children over 12

$7 – Children under 12

FREE – Skirball Members and Children under 2




2:00 p.m, Tuesday–Sunday

  Tours meet in the lobby.






recent press:

– VICE – "Through His Art, Ben Sakoguchi Has Used Baseball to Understand America" by David Davis

– PASADENA WEEKLY – "Ben Sakoguchi: A Life in Baseball" by Scarlet Cheng

About the Exhibition

The Skirball Center will be exhibiting "The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings" by Ben Sakoguchi from April 7th through September 4th. The presentation serves as a companion to "Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American".

In this wide-ranging series, the artist uses the vibrant style of 20th century orange crate labels to examine baseball as a reflection of our culture. War, segregation, labor relations, drug abuse and assimilation take the field alongside the players and moments that have both graced and shamed America's Pastime. Both sides of baseball trivia are covered. For every celebrated player like Lou Gehrig, Sandy Koufax or Jackie Robinson, there are human asterisks like Mario Mendoza, Steve Dalkowski and Ila Borders. Players Moe Berg, "Three Fingers" Brown and many others also get their due.

At 150+ paintings, this exhibition represents a sizable percentage of Sakoguchi's baseball related work from the last 20 years ("Unauthorized History" currently totals over 280 paintings). A thorough body of explanatory prose by Albert Kilchesty will accompany the show.


The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-odd Paintings:  The Art of Ben Sakoguchi

• Skirball Press Release

• Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American



The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings: The Art of Ben Sakoguchi at the Skirball Cultural Center is supported by a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.



at la plaza de cultura y artes, los angeles

about the exhibition

Ben Sakoguchi is proud to have four of his paintings included in "Peloteros in Paradise," at LA PLAZA from April 22nd through October 31st.  This comprehensive presentation of artifacts, artworks, documents, and photographs examines the rich and complex history of the relationship between the game of baseball, and the Mexican American community in and around Los Angeles. 

Senior Curator Erin Curtis (who also originated Ben's solo show at the Skirball Center) has put together the Exhibition in collaboration with:

• The Latino Baseball History Project • The Institute for Baseball Studies • The Baseball Reliquary • California State University, Los Angeles • University of California, Los Angeles • Richard Santillan • Tomas Benitez • Jose Alamillo • ...and many others.  

LA PLAZA is a partner in the Smithsonian Institution's Affiliations Program, "Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues."

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 North Main Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: 213.542.6200 / 888.488.8083

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Friday–Sunday, 12:00–6:00 p.m.

Closed Tuesdays, and holidays: Monday, September 5th (Labor Day); Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day)


photo courtesy Orange Public Library

photo courtesy Orange Public Library



Peloteros in Paradise: a Los Angeles Béisbol Story

The Latino Baseball History Project

The Institute for Baseball Studies

The Baseball Reliquary

Smithsonian Institution Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues


RELATED programming

Thursday, October 13, 7 pm – Los Desterrados de Chavez Ravine  A conversation about displacement with with former residents and scholars.

Thursday, October 20, 7pm – Fernando Nation  A film about a community that was torn apart then revitalized by Fernandomania.