On display in the main gallery of the University Art Museum is “Baseball in Cuba: A Photographic Essay by Ira Block,” highlighting the work of National Geographic photographer Block, who has visited Cuba over the past three years, taking photos that capture the extraordinary relationship between the Cuban people and baseball. His photos are a visual tribute to their culture.
Block is an internationally renowned photojournalist, teacher and workshop leader who has produced over 30 stories for National Geographic Magazine and its affiliates. He began his career as a newspaper photographer, a position that earned him numerous press club awards. His best-known published work to date is “Saving America’s Treasures” — a collaborative effort between the Clinton White House, the National Geographic Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Later, his photographic project “Faces of Hope,” featuring photographs of survivors and objects retrieved in the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy, became part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
The exhibition was made possible through the support of the Kunis Foundation. Special thanks goes to Gary Kunis ’73 and to the Instituto Nacional de Deportes, Educación Física y Recreación, the Cuban ministry of sports. The exhibition is on display through Saturday, Dec. 17.