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TALK & BOOK SIGNING: Author Paul Goldberger with Ken Auletta, on Ballpark: Baseball in the American City

July 5, 6 pm - 8 pm

$12 | Free for Members, Children, and Students

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Pulitzer Prize- wining architectural critic Paul Goldberger talks with New Yorker writer and Baseball aficianado Ken Auletta about his exhilarating new booka rich account of the history of baseball told through the stories of vibrant, ever-changing ballparks.

From the earliest corrals of the mid-1800s (Union Grounds in Brooklyn was a “saloon in the open air”), to the much mourned parks of the early 1900s (Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans), to the stadiums we fill today, Paul Goldberger makes clear the inextricable bond between the American city and America’s favorite pastime. In the changing locations and architecture of our ballparks, Goldberger reveals the manifestations of a changing society: the earliest ballparks evoked the Victorian age in their accommodations–bleachers for the riffraff, grandstands for the middle-class; the “concrete donuts” of the 1950s and ’60s made plain television’s grip on the public’s attention; and more recent ballparks, like Baltimore’s Camden Yards, signal a new way forward for stadium design and for baseball’s role in urban development. Throughout, Goldberger shows us the way in which baseball’s history is concurrent with our cultural history: the rise of urban parks and public transportation; the development of new building materials and engineering and design skills. And how the site details and the requirements of the game—the diamond, the outfields, the walls, the grandstands—shaped our most beloved ballparks.

Paul Goldberger, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and was the architecture critic for The New Yorker from 1997-2011. He also wrote on the topic for Architectural Digest, and for decades at The New York Times.

Ken Auletta has been the “Annals of Communication” columnist for The New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of twelve previous books, including three national bestsellers. In ranking him as America’s premier media critic, the Columbia Journalism Review concluded, “No other reporter has covered the new communications revolution as thoroughly as has Auletta.” He has written for various newspapers and magazines, and appeared regularly as a television interviewer and analyst. He started writing for The New Yorker in 1977.

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor:
Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.

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Date:
July 5
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway NY 11976 United States
Phone:
631-283-2118
Website:
parrishart.org
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TALK & BOOK SIGNING: Author Paul Goldberger with Ken Auletta, on Ballpark: Baseball in the American City

July 5, 6 pm - 8 pm

$12 | Free for Members, Children, and Students

Order Tickets 

Pulitzer Prize- wining architectural critic Paul Goldberger talks with New Yorker writer and Baseball aficianado Ken Auletta about his exhilarating new booka rich account of the history of baseball told through the stories of vibrant, ever-changing ballparks.

From the earliest corrals of the mid-1800s (Union Grounds in Brooklyn was a “saloon in the open air”), to the much mourned parks of the early 1900s (Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans), to the stadiums we fill today, Paul Goldberger makes clear the inextricable bond between the American city and America’s favorite pastime. In the changing locations and architecture of our ballparks, Goldberger reveals the manifestations of a changing society: the earliest ballparks evoked the Victorian age in their accommodations–bleachers for the riffraff, grandstands for the middle-class; the “concrete donuts” of the 1950s and ’60s made plain television’s grip on the public’s attention; and more recent ballparks, like Baltimore’s Camden Yards, signal a new way forward for stadium design and for baseball’s role in urban development. Throughout, Goldberger shows us the way in which baseball’s history is concurrent with our cultural history: the rise of urban parks and public transportation; the development of new building materials and engineering and design skills. And how the site details and the requirements of the game—the diamond, the outfields, the walls, the grandstands—shaped our most beloved ballparks.

Paul Goldberger, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and was the architecture critic for The New Yorker from 1997-2011. He also wrote on the topic for Architectural Digest, and for decades at The New York Times.

Ken Auletta has been the “Annals of Communication” columnist for The New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of twelve previous books, including three national bestsellers. In ranking him as America’s premier media critic, the Columbia Journalism Review concluded, “No other reporter has covered the new communications revolution as thoroughly as has Auletta.” He has written for various newspapers and magazines, and appeared regularly as a television interviewer and analyst. He started writing for The New Yorker in 1977.

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor:
Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.