Alameda, CA, Friday, May 11, 2012 -- The Pacific Pinball Museum proudly announces the opening of Pinball Oddity, an exhibition of extremely rare historic pinball games from the museum’s extended collection. Accompanying the games on display will be a sampling of the museum’s famed oversized acrylic paintings that reproduce art from various games. PPM has teamed up with RCW to produce the show in a celebration of the cultural art center’s fifth anniversary. As both groups seek to build strong community partnerships, the exhibit furthers the missions of both the Alameda-based non-profits.
As most pinball games were simply thrown away and replaced with newer ones, machines from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s are increasingly valued for their originality and rarity. Among the machines on display (but not available to play) will be what is thought to be the world’s only surviving copy of Cargo, the Bay Area-themed Sky Rocket and a Korean War-era celebration of patriotism: Paratroopers. Four hand-painted large-scale acrylic reproductions of pinball back glass art will also be on display by Alameda-based artists d’Arci Bruno, Ed Cassel, Eric J. Kos and San Rafael-based artist Dan Fontes. Titled "Sea Ray", "Jungle Princess", "2001" and "Mermaid", these skillfully produced murals preserve their respective game’s individuality.
Receptions take place May 11, June 8th and July 20th from 6 to 9 pm at 2513 Blanding Avenue and is free and open to the public. Reception goers will receive a hand stamp which allows free entry to the Pacific Pinball Museum until Midnight on May 11th, June 8th and July 20th...So come on over!!
PPM is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching science, art and history through pinball and preserving and promoting one of America’s great pastimes.