“The boys of summer” are visible without the sultry weather. Just head to 301 Conti Street, where Alabama Contemporary Art Center’s (ACAC) new exhibit, “Flashing the Leather,” rounds the bases of baseball’s deeper history as a point of artistic reference and inspiration.
The exhibit pulls its name from the sport’s lexicon — “flashing the leather” is an impressive defensive play — but its aim is something deeper. According to a press release, the show emphasizes art that addresses “the rituals and concepts within baseball and baseball history, archetypes and superstitions unique to the game and … baseball objects as an artist’s medium.”
There’s mention of the sport’s checkered past and its export as a hub for building communities. Baseball’s social underpinnings are analyzed through contemporary artists’ interpretations of the sport’s metaphors, concepts and superstitions.
The exhibit’s artists include the Baseball Card Vandals (Bryan and Beau Abbott), David Bordett, Noah Breuer, Tommy Coleman, Bobby Davidson, Daniel Newman, Tony Rodrigues, Raymond Pettibon, Howardena Pindell, Sheida Soleimani and Miles Warner.
Guest curator Aaron Levi Garvey also curated ACAC’s 2020 show, “The Drowned.” Garvey is currently the Janet L. Nolan Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn and co-founder of the Long Road Projects Foundation, a nonprofit residency program and edition-publishing house for artists.
The exhibit opens May 13 and will be available for viewing during the LoDa ArtWalk, 6-8 p.m. It ends Aug. 20.
ACAC will host a film screening during ArtWalk at 7:30 p.m. The subject is “The Wild Ones,” a series of experimental short films selected for the Mobile Animation Film Festival, which takes place later this fall. The screening will be in the third floor Terrace Room and comes with an adult content warning.
Admission is by donation.
ACAC hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
For more information, call 251-208-5671 or go to alabamacontemporary.org.
Lynching memorial obstacle bridged
An impasse between Mayor Sandy Stimpson and a lynching memorial group might be over. Mobile County Community Remembrance Project (MCCRP) indicated city leadership approved the plaque’s placement outside Government Plaza.
On Jan. 23, 1909, a mob dragged Richard Robertson from the Mobile jail and murdered him near downtown’s Christ Episcopal Church. Robertson was in custody after being accused of killing a deputy sheriff.
MCCRP originally sought to erect its marker in the median at the intersection of Government and Royal streets, where the statue of former Confederate Adm. Raphael Semmes stood for 120 years before its relocation to the History Museum of Mobile. After successfully navigating the process for the plaque’s placement, MCCRP said Stimpson requested the group avoid the controversial location.
The imbroglio spilled into the public eye when MCCRP held a dedication ceremony on Jan. 23, complete with a facsimile marker. The facsimile was placed in storage.
MCCRP wants approval from the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) on the new location. EJI financed the $3,000 memorial.
Jazz group honors Sirten
Since the previous decade, the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) has given annual honors to key members of the Mobile Bay area jazz scene. So far, it has bestowed its annual Jazzalea Award on foundational personnel, behind-the-scenes folks who organized opportunities for musicians and audiences to create a collaborative artistic experience. This year’s award shifts to someone in the public eye as much as the music itself.
Catt Sirten made his mark hereabouts with a microphone. His weekend radio show, “Catt’s Sunday Jazz Brunch” became a staple of Azalea City life — nearly 2,000 episodes and counting — since its 1984 inception. However, it was Sirten’s “Live from Avalon” and long-running “Brown Bag” concert series in Daphne and downtown Mobile that sealed the award for him.
MOJO will metaphorically tip its hat to Sirten at Club 601 @ The Elks (601 State St.) on Monday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. There’s a list of dignitaries ready to heap praise on Sirten and the guest of honor picked the Suburban Jazz Quartet for the live performance spotlight.
Entrance is $15, $10 for MOJO members. No reservations. It is general admission to the cabaret-style seating.
For more information, go to mojojazz.org.
‘Little Women’ plays on
The run of “Little Women” at Playhouse in the Park (4851 Museum Drive) continues through May 22. Friday and Saturday curtain is 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee is 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18, $16 for students and seniors.
For more information, go to playhouseinthepark.org.
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