Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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.
ADMISSION includes all exhibitions:
$12 – General
$9 – Seniors (65 and up), Full-Time Students with ID, Children over 12
$7 – Children under 12
FREE – Skirball Members and Children under 2
FREE-to-ALL on THURSDAYS
2:00 p.m, Tuesday–Sunday
Tours meet in the lobby.
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.
LINKS TO THE SKIRBALL CENTER:
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.
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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."
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)
ADMISSION is FREE
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.