The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will open two new exhibitions to the public July 14, coinciding with opening day of the Saratoga. Betting on America: The Immigrant Experience and the Hall of Fame will debut in the McBean Gallery, while Jim Raftery: A Turfotos Retrospective (from the collection of Barbara D. Livingston) opens in the von Stade Gallery.
Betting on America: The Immigrant Experience and the Hall of Fame is an in-depth look the lives and impact on the sport of the Hall of Fame inductees born outside of the United States. The exhibit features multimedia content, artwork, memorabilia, photography, and much more to tell the stories of the 41 foreign-born members of the Hall of Fame and the 16 Hall of Fame racehorses bred outside the United States.
Jim Raftery: A Turfotos Retrospective (from the collection of Barbara D. Livingston) examines the remarkable career of photographer Jim Raftery, featuring more than 60 iconic images of the racing scene Raftery covered in his unique style for more than half a century. Additional Raftery images will be added throughout the summer to an online gallery on the Museum's website racingmuseum.org.
Two other special exhibitions also opened recently at the Museum. The Paintings of Richard Stone Reeves features a selection of original works by the legendary artist from the Museum Collection, including Hall of Fame racehorses Cicada, Exceller, Gallorette, Ruffian, Susan's Girl, and Sword Dancer, among others. This exhibition is located in the Museum's Link Gallery.
Along with Betting on America, the McBean Gallery is featuring the Charles H. Thieriot Collection, a seasonal exhibition featuring several paintings from the masters of British sporting art.