America's national pastime is being celebrated through art with an exhibit titled "Baseball: The All-American Game," showing now through September 9 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.
As one enters the vicinity, you immediately notice a life-like ceramic figurine of a baseball player wearing a Baltimore uniform that appears to be from the early 1900s, and on a nearby wall, a rather unique quilt is hung that pays tribute to the 1976 Mets. All this is near a set of stairs, leading to where true heaven awaits.
"Baseball: The All-American Game" is one of the largest exhibitions of baseball-related traditional folk art that CAFAM has ever shown. The collection is owned by Gary Cypres, who also owns one of the largest sports memorabilia collections universally. This particular exhibit, which showcases about 75 works, highlights baseball’s impact on American folk art produced between the late 1800s through today.
Upon entering the exhibit on the third floor, one could easily become overwhelmed with the tremendous amount of incredible baseball memorabilia and artifacts. Depending on how fast one moves, the exhibit could take over an hour to consume and gradually appreciate if viewing item by item.
The exhibit contains several quilts, regular and over-sized baseballs and bats, pictures, old-school cigar cases, a small re-construction of Boston's Grand Pavilion stadium, and a tribute to some of the current and former Yankee players, including Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui in the likes of images built from unraveled socks, shoelace thread and polyester.
Interested in meeting the man behind the collection? CAFAM is presenting Collector's Talk with Cypres on Sunday, July 8, at 3 p.m. This is an ideal time to attend the art show while getting to dialogue with Cypres about the exhibit.
The Craft and Folk Art Museum is located at 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, click here.