Do David Ortiz’s World Series rings qualify as art?
The folks at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston seem to think so. Why else would they be mounting an exhibition devoted to Big Papi’s bling? Called “David Ortiz: King of the Diamond,” the exhibit celebrating Ortiz’s career opens June 17 and coincides with the retirement of his No. 34 jersey at Fenway Park June 23.
Ortiz’s rings — from the team’s championships in 2004, 2007, and 2013 — will be on display in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, along with his 2013 World Series MVP ring. A donation box will also be set up so visitors can contribute to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which helps provide medical care for kids in the Dominican Republic and throughout New England.
“My relationship with the City of Boston is close to my heart, and I’m happy to share my rings with the Museum of Fine Arts to give all Red Sox fans and museum visitors a chance to view them up close,” Ortiz said in a statement.
The MFA’s collection of jewelry spans 6,000 years and includes 20,000 objects. In 2006, the MFA became the first American art museum to appoint a curator of jewelry. Putting Big Papi’s baubles in context, Emily Stoehrer, the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan curator of jewelry at the MFA, said the museum’s collection includes stone yokes worn by athletes in ancient Mesoamerica as well as a 19th century design for an automobile racing trophy.