Alabama Contemporary Art Center: FLASHING THE LEATHER

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Date(s) - August 17, 2022
All Day

Alabama Contemporary Art Center


Art and design have been prevalent throughout the history of baseball, from logo designs to baseball cards to uniforms. Flashing the Leather (a baseball term used to admiringly describe a dexterous defensive play) explores baseball as a point of artistic reference and inspiration over the decades, focusing particularly on the period from the infamous baseball strike of 1994 to the present day. This exhibition highlights works of art that address the rituals and concepts within baseball and baseball history, archetypes and superstitions unique to the game and the use of baseball objects as an artist’s medium. Baseball’s long history includes a checkered past of ups and downs, from celebrated historic social justice figures to steroid and sign-stealing scandals. Yet, baseball has been at the epicenter of American culture for nearly 200 years and has permeated cultures around the globe as a form of community building. Flashing the Leather takes a deep dive into baseball’s social underpinnings as told through contemporary artists’ voices, using metaphors, concepts and superstitions from the sport.



To protect staff and patrons alike, Alabama Contemporary encourages masks and social distancing in the galleries. We’ve also amended our hours, are waiving admission, and placing limits on capacity. For more information on our COVID-19 opening policy go here. We encourage everyone to be safe and socially conscious as we all learn to move forward together.


Flashing the Leather