ALVA

American Legacies: Who’s on First

November 18 – January 27

Since its inception in 1999, the Alva Gallery has presented a Legacies show every holiday season as a means of reflecting upon the passage of time and how it connects us. This show originated as family legacies and included multiple generations of artists within the same family. In 2005, it became American legacies, making it an invitational focusing on a cultural phenomenon pertinent to America. This year’s exhibition takes as its theme our national sport, Baseball, and is entitled American Legacies: Who’s on First.

Being the child of baseball legend Hank Greenberg, the owner of the Alva Gallery often pondered how to meld her career with her father’s. Standing on the field in Yankee Stadium representing her father during the ceremony for the issuing of the “Sluggers Series” 39-cent US postage stamps on July 15 of this year, she thought of a way; through the American Legacies show. As the American sport, baseball has a long history and a strong legacy. Like America, the sport is filled with players from various countries and ethnicities and was one of the first institutions in the country where barriers were broken.

Hank Greenberg was one of the first Jews in the sport and Jackie Robinson, whose widow lives in Connecticut, was one of the first blacks. Did breaking these barriers on the playing field help to break them within the society as a whole? What was the role of the baseball player within our culture in the past and what is it today?

These are some of the intriguing and provocative ideas that helped to shape the concept of Who’s on First. The exhibition directly involves the participating artists and asks them to think of baseball from the vantage point of a team or a player or a fan, as a tangible object or a societal phenomenon, but most of all, to be creative!

Who’s on First is an invitational featuring work by eleven artists in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, collage, textile, pastel, and cartoons. Participating artists include Forrest R. Bailey, Benjamin Blackburn, Beverly Floyd, Jesse Good, Barkley L. Hendricks, Ted Hendrickson, Leslie Kuter, Gigi Liverant, Stewart Paley, Gar Waterman and Malcah Zeldis.

Forrest R. Bailey, Victory Celebration, Oil on linen, 46 ¼” x 32″, 2006

 Benjamin Blackburn, Beacon of Hope, Cedar wood sculpture, 32″, 2006

 

Benjamin Blackburn, Beacon of Hope – Hank Greenberg detail, Cedar wood sculpture, 32″, 2006

 Benjamin Blackburn, Girl Power: More Stamps We’d Like To See Details of Pitcher and USPS stamp #1, Cedar wood sculpture, 32″, 2006
 

Benjamin Blackburn, Girl Power: More Stamps We’d Like To See Details of Pitcher and USPS stamp #2, Cedar wood sculpture, 32″, 2006

 Beverly Floyd, Busch Players, Linoleum block print, tea bag, collage, beeswax & oil on panel 12″ x 12″ x 2″, 2006
 

Beverly Floyd, Players in the Sky, Linoleum block print, tea bag, collage, beeswax & oil on panel 12″ x 12″ x 2″, 2006

 Beverly Floyd, Reds on Fenway, Linoleum block print, tea bag, collage, beeswax & oil on panel 12″ x 12″ x 2″, 2006
 

Beverly Floyd, Whiteys Go Cellular, Linoleum block print, tea bag, collage, beeswax & oil on panel 12″ x 12″ x 2″, 2006

 Beverly Floyd, Yard Runners, Linoleum block print, tea bag, collage, beeswax & oil on panel 12″ x 12″ x 2″, 2006
 

Jesse Good, Safe at Home, Cement and baseballs, 13″ x 13″ x 12″, 2006

 Barkley L. Hendricks, Rumplestiltskin’s Ball, Gold leafed baseball and mixed media 15″ x 15″ x 10″, 2006
 

Ted Hendrickson, Batting Cage, Little League Field, Groton, Connecticut, Gelatin silver print, selenium toned, 8″ x 22″, 2006

 Ted Hendrickson, Dugout, Little League Field, Groton, Connecticut, Gelatin silver print, selenium toned, 8″ x 22″, 2006
 

Leslie Kuter, Autobiographical Art History: Eakins Concert Singer, Queen Hatshepsut and Josh Gibson,Wool on burlap, 1978 69″ x 51″ x 1″

 Gigi Liverant, The Pick-up Game, Pastel on board, 20″ x 40″, 2006
 

Stewart Paley, Baseball, Acrylic and collage on wood, 33″ x 42″ (comprised of nine 11″ x 14″ panels), 2006

 USPS 39¢, stamp of Slugger Hank Greenberg, issued Summer 2006
 

Gar Waterman, The Slugger, Found objects, 18″ x 12″ x 12″, 2006

 

Malcah Zeldis, Jackie Robinson, Oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″, 2006

 

Malcah Zeldis, Hank Greenberg, Gouache on paper, 9″ x 12″, 2002