About the Exhibition
In a series of colorful, captivating, and often provocative paintings, Los Angeles artist Ben Sakoguchi (b. 1938) examined how baseball, long referred to as America’s national pastime, reflects both the highs and lows of American culture. The son of a grocer and avid baseball fan, Sakoguchi juxtaposed the iconic imagery of vintage orange crate labels from the 1920s to the 1950s with whimsical, eccentric, and sometimes scathing portrayals of America’s beloved sport.
Presented as a companion to Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, the exhibition also featured several new works, including a series on the Jewish “Dream Team” and a personal series devoted to Sakoguchi’s father. Through this expansive collection, The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings: The Art of Ben Sakoguchi presented a “people’s history” of baseball, telling true stories of players and communities that have been overlooked, forgotten, or misrepresented.
THE UNAUTHORIZED History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings: The Art of Ben Sakoguchi AND ITS RELATED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AT THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER WERE MADE POSSIBLE IN PART THROUGH SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING DONOR:
Pasadena Art Alliance