Playing Ball And Riding Bikes at Atlantic Wharf

By Mary Tinti

July 12, 2012

Baseball ephemera by Laura Davidson.

Most passersby the Atlantic Wharf building may not know this, but there is a wonderful little atrium space next to the parking garage and the offices of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) that often plays host to an array of small art exhibitions. Commuters and Greenway strollers alike should take note and plan to duck in this summer to reminisce about playing baseball and riding bikes – two beloved pastimes, particularly popular this time of year that also just happen to be the subjects of two adjacent shows.

Play Ball! is a quirky amalgam of baseball-themed prints, paintings, collage, photographs and drawings pulled together in a kind of homage to a century of baseball in Boston. While references to Fenway Park and Red Sox hometown heroes are plentiful, the vibe on display here is also tinged with a general love for the game (which is perfect for a Boston transplant like me who happens to live in a diehard Mets household). With baseballs, batters, diamonds, tickets and more rendered in a range of media by over ten different Fort Point artists, viewers can get their self-guided sports fix while simultaneously familiarizing themselves with some of the neighborhood’s artists.

And, once you’re done playing ball, you can join in the conversation about bicycles happening over at the BSA Space. As Let’s Talk About Bikes makes clear, the decision to trade in four wheels for two need not be relegated to weekends in June, July, and August; it may well be the key to better living in our communities year round. With the help of innovative urban planning; sleek, versatile, locally designed bikes; and some creative approaches to making our city as bike friendly as possible, Boston could be paving the way for a safer, more ubiquitous and enjoyable biking experience for all.

The artistry of this exhibition lies not only within the design of the cycling equipment on display, but also in the way that didactic factoids pop up in little thought bubbles on the walls and floor. The entire experience is cleverly curated by Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik of over,under, in whose hands the subjects of Let’s Talk About Bikes become striking minimalist sculptures that, when removed from their function, underscore the simple beauty of the bicycle in both concept and contour all the more.

Play Ball! – Fort Point Artists Honor 100 years of Boston Baseball
Featuring the work of Laura Davidson, Leslie A. Feagley, Joanne Kaliontzis, Ian Kennelly, Andrew Kirby, Elisa H. Hamilton, Jean Hangarter, Karen McFeaters, Danny O, Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano, Anne Welch
July 2-October 26, 2012
Opening Reception: July 26, 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Atlantic Wharf Gallery
280 Congress Street, Boston MA

Let’s Talk About Bikes
June 12-August 31, 2012
Boston Society of Architects
290 Congress Street, Suite 200
Boston, MA

Ephemera by Laura Davidson


About the Author
Mary Tinti Mary Tinti
Mary is a Koch Curatorial Fellow at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. On her blog, Dress For Sports, she says, "I love innovative public art, creative design, and unique intersections of architecture, sculpture, and installation.  And I love stumbling upon cool collisions of art and everyday life." Mary has a Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University.


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