Ball Parks: Jim Dow’s Photographs of Baseball Stadiums

04 Jul 2009 - 27 Sep 2009

This installation from the National Gallery’s collection of photographs comprises 26 colour panoramic views of empty baseball stadiums across North America, from Exhibition Stadium, the home of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to the Houston Astrodome. Taken in 1982, Jim Dow, a respected American photographer as well as a sports enthusiast, imparts through these images both a passion for the monumentality of the architecture and its abstract geometry and his love of baseball. The emptiness of the stadiums simultaneously evokes memory and a sense of anticipation.