Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory to Display Fantography Exhibit
Free exhibit teams-up with the Photo Biennial in Louisville
to feature Personal Moments in Professional Baseball
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory announced today it will display a new exhibit entitled Fantography: Personal Moments in Professional Baseball that will open September 28th and run through December 1st.
The display will feature 25-30 images pulled from Fantography’s web-based social media project, which provides a forum for baseball fans to view, share and discuss their amateur photographs of baseball scenes and baseball players.
“The charm of this exhibition is that it captures the essence of baseball from the viewpoint of the fan, and shows players in unexpected, unguarded moments away from the action on the field,” said Nathan Stalvey, curator and exhibitions director at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “Instead of posed publicity shots or action shots you’ll see players as you’ve never seen them before,” he said.
Featured in the exhibit are photos of a cigar-smoking Babe Ruth in street clothes with his daughter, an on-field Howard Cosell interviewing pitcher Vida Blue, and a shot of Roberto Clemente pausing mid-autograph to peer up and meet the camera’s lens. Many of the photographs on display have most likely never seen before by the masses, and none of them are by professional photographers.
The concept was created by former San Diego Padres executive and current Acme Sports Marketing president Andy Strasberg. His inspiration came in part from a 1960s photo of himself as a teenager at Yankee Stadium with his idol, Roger Maris. Strasberg has collected more than 6,000 photos that span the 1930s up through today.
The touring exhibit of the Fantography collection has been shown in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.
Fantography: Personal Moments in Professional Baseball is part of the Photo Biennial in Louisville, which represents a cooperative effort among local museums, galleries, universities and other public venues to give viewers the opportunity to learn about and to appreciate photography, spanning its history to the present, and from the local to the global.
There is no admission charge to see Fantography on display in the main lobby of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. For more information on the exhibit, please visit www.Fantography.com.
About Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory:
Experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the factory where world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Award-winning factory tour, newly renovated galleries with interactive exhibits, historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Bat, and more. Create a Louisville Slugger bat with your very own name on it, just like the pros. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 West Main Street, is open Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+), $6 children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under. For more information, log on to sluggermuseum.com or call 502-588-7228.
About Museum Row on Main
Museum Row on Main is a partnership of nine unique downtown Louisville attractions, each offering one-of-a-kind visitor experiences to families, groups, and individuals – local and out-of-market. Unlike other Louisville attractions and entertainment options, Museum Row on Main provides guests of all ages with eclectic, educational, entertaining, and memorable experiences within easy walking distance of each other.