Stealing Base: Cuba at Bat
Baseball has always been common ground between the United States and Cuba. A love for baseball connects Cubans and Americans across race, religion, politics, and geography. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the 21c Museum have teamed-up for the first time to present a joint exhibition featuring baseball-themed contemporary art by Cuban-born artists. Stealing Base: Cuba at Bat opens January 17th and runs through mid-June at both venues. The exhibition is largely drawn from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection.
“We are delighted to partner with the 21c Museum for this terrific exhibit that could not have arrived at a better time” said LSMF Vice President and Executive Director Anne Jewell. “The contemporary art in this show is a compelling interpretation of the sport and a passionate commentary on Cuban culture.”
The exhibition features work by a diverse range of contemporary Cuban artists, living in both Cuba and the United States, who have found potency in the imagery of the sport. To complement the exhibition at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, the show also includes tributes to some of the greatest Cuban-born baseball players in history: Tony Perez; Minnie Minoso; Tony Oliva; Bert Campaneris and Martin Dihigo.
The arrival of baseball in Cuba coincided with the emergence of the independence movement from Spain in 1868. Responding not only to the sport as a national pastime, the work in Stealing Baseconveys larger complexities within Cuban society.
The show features works by sixteen established and emerging artists: Jesoviel Abstengo-Chaviano, Alejandro Aguilera, Carlos Cárdenas, Yunier Hernández Figueroa, Duniesky Martín, Frank Ernesto Martínez González, Bernardo Navarro Tomas, Juan Padrón, Douglas Pérez Castro, Arlés del Rio, Perfecto Romero, Reynerio Tamayo, José Angel Toirac, Harold Vázquez Ley, and Villalvilla. Stealing Base: Cuba at Bat originated at The 8th Floor gallery in New York City, and features an essay by Havana-based curator Orlando Hernández.
The galleries at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory are only one block from the 21c Museum. The public is invited to visit both locations to experience the entire exhibition.