Passaic County Arts Center to reopen with Baseball Museum exhibit
Harold Reynolds appointed Ambassador for Historic Hinchliffe Stadium
Harold Reynolds is appointed Ambassador for Hinchliffe, the historic stadium that once housed National Negro League Baseball.
Anne-Marie Caruso, North Jersey
HAWTHORNE – More than 30 original paintings, photos and other pieces on loan from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum will mark the reopening of the Passaic County Arts Center This weekend.
The exhibit, titled ‘Shades of Greatness’, will be complemented by a set of Hinchliffe Stadium artifacts to further celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the league.
Black League baseball players were idolized at the Paterson site, a historic site soon to be undergo a $ 76.7 million makeover.
The John W. Rea House Arts Center at 675 Goffle Road will reopen from 11 am to 3 pm Saturday; free entry.
The gallery has been closed for more than six months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The capacity will be limited to 25%, or 12 people.
Those waiting to enter the arts center will be treated to a baseball game on an adjacent field.
The contest will pit the Brooklyn Atlantics against the Elizabeth Resolutes – recreations of teams that existed in the 19th century.
County Freeholder TJ Best of Paterson will throw the game’s first ceremonial pitch.
Saturday’s event will reflect the county well, Best said, especially given Rea House’s “checkered past.” Its namesake wore Blackface through its association with Christy’s Minstrels, a vocal troupe that toured Europe in the late 1850s.
“I think it shows how far we’ve come as a country,” said Best, the only black member of the independent board.
the baseball museum in Kansas City, Missouri, has loaned Shades of Greatness to smaller galleries since 2003.
The exhibition features works by 28 artists, including Kadir Nelson, an acclaimed Los Angeles portrait painter whose work has featured on the covers of Rolling Stone and The New Yorker magazines.
“It symbolizes how important black league baseball has played in black America,” Kelly Ruffel, director of the county’s cultural and historical affairs department, said of the exhibit.
The Hinchliffe Stadium Collection will feature memorabilia from the career of Larry Doby, an outfielder who broke the American League color barrier when he joined the Cleveland Indians roster in 1947. He attended Eastside High School in Paterson and then moved to Montclair, where he lived until his death in 2003.
The exhibits will be presented at the arts center, open on Fridays and weekends, until December 5.
Philip DeVenceentis is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please register or activate your digital account today.
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