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Call for Participation: "Subway Series" Exhibition at Queens

Postby michaelrakowitz » Mon Jun 07, 2004 6:52 pm

Hello All:

Longtime reader, first time poster to this group. I am a devoted
baseball enthusiast and an artist. In recent months, a dream came true
for me when I was invited by the Queens Museum of Art, located right
next to Shea Stadium in Flushing Corona Park, to participate in an
exhibition that opens 19 July, titled "Subway Series." The exhibition
is also being held at the Bronx Museum of Art, which is right near
Yankee Stadium.

The subject of the exhibition focuses on the Mets and the Yankees and
representation of both teams in contemporary art.

I am very interested in the minutiae and history of the game, and my
project, "Up and Away," focuses on a specific instance where mythology
and baseball seemingly collide.

On 27 October, 1986, in Game 7 of the World Series, Jesse Orosco
struck out Boston's Marty Barrett on a fastball, up and away. In
celebration, Orosco threw his glove high into the air as the rest of
the New York Mets rushed to the mound. The television footage that
recorded this event shows that the glove never came down.

This item, coupled with others like Bobby Thompson's missing home run
ball, exists as a kind of 'Holy Grail' in the nostalgia and
memorabillia community (with various reports as to their whereabouts).
In keeping with this community, I invite all fans who either attended
Game 7 of the 1986 World Series and witnessed the event in person, or
watched it live on TV, to participate in the production of an
interactive installation that explores the collective memory of this
one curious occurence.

Starting on 19 July, I invite you to the Queens Museum of Art where I
will gather testimony, written or recorded, that will archive people's
recollections of what happened to the glove. These archived
recollections will create an impressive array of "evidence" that will
simultaneously highlight the inevitable contamination of memory over
time and, most importantly, show how different stories can be told
around the exact same moment in time.

Secondary to all of this will be the possibility of actually finding
the glove.

As I would like to put together a schedule of visits, please email me
at to indicate your interest, ask
questions, etc.

For those of you unable to get to the museum, please send testimony
via email.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Michael Rakowitz
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