Opening May 13, 2018! "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection.
This exhibition examines the many paths and stages of women's lives through the art of 18th-century France. Works by Fragonard, Boucher, Watteau, Greuze, and others, all drawn from the finest private collection of French art in the United States, show a variety of women, from court ladies to washerwomen, in their many societal roles. From the ancien régime to the Revolution and beyond, women's position and power were transformed. Organized thematically, the exhibition's 100-plus paintings, drawings, and sculptures explore cultural and literary archetypes that affected women's self-image, their development from childhood to old age, their romances, and their familial responsibilities. In addition to a new understanding of French 18th-century art, Becoming a Woman provides a new view of the feminine world at the dawn of modernity.
On view until August 19, 2018.
[Jean-Baptiste Oudry, , Seated Lady in a Garden. n.d. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 35 7/16 in. The Horvitz Collection]
Feel the shockwaves alongside Sacramento’s DJ Freddy Silva and crew, plus multimedia artist Alex Trujillo and digital music masters and makers who use circuitry know-how and cutting-edge technology to create art that mesmerizes. Gear up futuristic-style, create space-aged crafts, and play the latest video games.
Thursday, May 10
6 - 9:30 PM
• Free for members
• $10 for nonmembers
Sponsored by Submerge Magazine
ArtMix is for guests 21+
Online registration will close at 3 PM on May 10. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Please note new ArtMix time 6 - 9:30 PM
Celebrate your mom’s special day, and enjoy painting together or on your own with the support of a facilitator. Create art and memories in this delightful, intergenerational workshop for artists ages 4 to 104. Select from two dates, because the real gift is time spent together.
Sunday, May 13, or Saturday, May 19. 10:30 AM - 12 PM.
• $10 members
• $20 nonmembers
(per person) Designed for children and a caring adult. Children and adults may not be signed up individually.
Click the link in our bio and head to CLASSES in May to sign up now!
Woodblock printing developed in Japan in the 8th century with the arrival of Buddhism, but it was in the early 18th century that the distinctive style of ukiyo-e prints (pictures of the floating world) originated. The medium provided a means to offer large numbers of prints to a wide audience inexpensively.
The artist Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) followed the Utagawa school of printmaking founded by Utagawa Toyoharu (1733–1814), which was famous for its theatrical and actor portrait prints. Kunisada, who was born in the vicinity of Edo to a merchant family, was apprenticed to the artist Toyokuni at the age of 15. He ultimately surpassed that artist to become the most celebrated print designer of the 19th century. Like many Japanese printmakers, he took his teacher’s name after his death, and signed many of his works Toyokuni II or III.
Kunisada was prolific; his studio issued at least 20,000 designs, many of which were printed in the thousands. Though he produced some landscape prints, he was best known for his actor prints (yakusha-e) and his prints of beautiful women (bijin-ga).
This triptych of a spring scene of iris viewing comes from a series depicting the seasons (Shiki no uchi).
The print is a mitate-e (analog picture) depicting the 11th-century Prince Genji in the central panel surrounded by beauties wearing 19th-century dress. The wooden planks upon which they stand constitute eight bridges (yatsuhashi), a possible allusion to the 10th-century Ise monogatori, a famous collection of poems and narratives. The wild kakitsubata (water irises) also have literary associations based on such classics as the 11th-century Genji monogatari.
[Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864), Spring (Haru): Viewing Irises in the Garden, 1849. Color woodcut, oban triptych. 14 1/4 in. x 29 1/2 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Alan Templeton]
Sacramento’s longest-running summer jazz series is tuning up in 2018 with premier performances on third Thursdays, May through August! This year's lineup was selected by Capital Public Radio’s Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli.
Kicking off this summer’s Jazz Night at the Crocker series is Capital Jazz Legacy, the original seven members of Capital Jazz Project, formed in 1997 with a mission to bring high-quality music to the Sacramento region. In this special reunion, Capital Jazz Legacy andspecial guests will perform a repertoire of iconic classics. A new generation of musicians carry on CJP now, so this is a rare occasion to see and hear the jams that started it all.
Thursday, May 17
6:30 - 9 PM
• $8 Members
• $16 Nonmembers
• $24 Member Series Ticket
Capital Jazz Legacy - Thursday, May 17
Ali Ryerson Quartet - Thursday, June 21
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers - Thursday, July 19
Marcus Shelby - Thursday, August 16
Each jazz concert consists of two 45-minute sets separated by a 15-minute intermission. Along with the concert, attendees can enjoy gallery talks, the Museum Store, and dinner and drinks at the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club. Additional sets will be played on the Café Stage from 5:30 to 6:15 PM. For the best seat in the house, bring your own chair.
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It's your last chance to be dazzled by the vibrancy of "E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit", closing this Sunday, April 22!
California artist E. Charlton Fortune (1885–1969) came of age during a time when women began to redefine their roles in society, pushing the boundaries of what was expected of them and challenging the status quo. Fortune, unmarried and of independent spirit, often rode her bicycle to find the perfect setting to paint in plein-air. The resulting landscapes were not delicate, soft, or feminine but bold and vigorous — and often thought to have been created by a man. Fortune’s paintings have frequently been labeled Impressionist, though moved well beyond the style. Her signature works were strong in color and rugged and gestural in execution. She spent many of her active years working in and around Monterey, California, where she maintained a home, and then, in the 1920s, lived and painted abroad for extended periods in St. Ives, England, and Saint-Tropez, France. Upon her return to California in the late 1920s, she founded and directed the Monterey Guild, a group of skilled craftspeople who, under her direction, created original, modern artworks and furnishings for churches.
Organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art (@pmcaonline), “E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit” is accompanied by a 240-page, full-color catalogue, available in the #CrockerStore . This exhibition has been sposored locally by Murphy Austin Attorneys.
E. Charlton Fortune, Wine Cargoes, 1925. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Stiles II.
E. Charlton Fortune, Santa Barbara, California, 1928. Oil on canvas, 38 1/4 x 50 3/8 inches. Monterey Museum of Art. Robert J. Dwyer Trust, 2010.014]
You're invited to Photo Fête!
Have a snappy time at the Crocker, and celebrate Sacramento’s inaugural Photography Month. Whether you are a photo-phenom or lens adverse, you'll get a click out of this entertaining evening featuring pop-up exhibits, games, Instagram scavenger hunts, selfie ops, mini-talks, diorama workshops, sneak peaks from the Museum's photo vault, and so much more.
Music provided by DJ Rockbottom, with beer, wine, drink specials, and food available from the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club.
Thursday, April 26, 6 - 9 PM
All ages welcome!
Free for members, and free with admission for nonmembers!
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Beginning in the 1620s, groups of artists from the Netherlands traveled to Rome to experience and record the landscape surrounding the city. Its hills and ruins appealed greatly to artists raised in the tidy coastal plains of the Low Countries. Bartholomaeus Breenbergh arrived in Rome in 1620 at the age of 22 and found lodging with Paul Bril, a pioneering Flemish landscapist who had begun work at the Papal court in the 1570s. Breenbergh soon became part of a new community of younger artists who took sketching trips into the countryside. This group included another young artist whose drawings are often confused with Breenbergh’s: his countryman and probable friend Cornelis van Poelenburgh. Breenbergh returned to the Netherlands by 1633 and continued to produce paintings and prints in the Italian style by drawing upon his large stock of sketches. Soon he merged landscape with narrative, integrating Old Testament and other stories into views of the Roman countryside. He also produced purely figural narratives once his interest in landscape began to wane.
This drawing records the appearance of one of the most attractive monuments in the Roman Campagna, the ancient temple of the Tiburtine Sibyl. Overlooking the falls of the Aniene river, the temple had been converted into a church in Christian times. Leaving aside its dramatic context, Breenbergh concentrates on the building, including a fresco of the Madonna and Child on an interior wall. One of the greatest strengths of the drawing is Breenbergh’s ability to capture the reflections of the Italian midday sun in pen and wash.
[Bartholomeus Breenbergh (Dutch, 1598–1657), Temple of the Tiburtine Sibyl at Tivoli, 1627. Pen and brown ink, brush, and brown and grayish-brown washes on buff laid paper. 12 3/4 in. x 12 3/16 in. Crocker Art Museum, E. B. Crocker Collection]
Hatch returns for its 7th year, offering Crocker audiences insight into the creative process of established and up-and-coming choreographers through exuberant performances of newly developed dance works.
Developed by Lorelei Bayne, interim chair and dance coordinator in the department of theater and dance at Sacramento State, Hatch will offer a series of roaming performances taking place in various Crocker locales. Movement becomes the focus of this afternoon of art and dance, as inspiration will be drawn from the exhibition "The Cycle" by Cyrus Tilton, an innovative, kinetic, installation of locusts.
Sunday, May 6
Free for Members
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See "Perspectives", a student exhibition on view until April 29, 2018!
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center and the Crocker Art Museum come together to showcase photographic works by college and high school students in a special exhibition for the inaugural Photography Month Sacramento.
[Rora Blue, (Don't). 2017, 11x14 Inkjet Print, American River College - 1st Place Winner]
After working the mines in the region around Placerville, California, without making his fortune, aritst William Marple became a sign and house painter. He also began teaching himself to paint landscapes. In these, he departed from the grandiose scenery painted by his colleagues in favor of tranquil subjects permeated with a palpable sense of atmosphere.
Marple came to San Francisco during the Gold Rush, traveling from New York via the Isthmus of Panama and arriving in October 1849. He eventually established a painting studio in San Francisco. He left California for New York in 1877 when the San Francisco art market declined. He worked in Chicago and St. Louis before settling permanently in Colorado. Notice the signs of the early cultivation of the fertile Napa Valley.
[William Marple (American, 1827-1910), "Napa Valley", n.d. Oil on canvas. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Edan Milton Hughes]
Kick off Bike Month by riding to the Crocker for the classic coming-of-age comedy "Breaking Away"! The story of a small-town American teen obsessed with joining an elite Italian cycling team, "Breaking Away" stars Dennis Christopher. Attendees will also be among the first to receive the Crocker's Tour d’Art map featuring public art in downtown Sacramento.
Co-Presented with Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates. More information on Bike Month is available at mayisbikemonth.com. (1979, 101 minutes, PG)
Thursday, May 3
• $6 Crocker Members
• $10 Students/youth
• $12 Nonmembers
Get your tickets now as our film screenings often sell out!
Click the link in our bio and navigate to FILMS & MUSIC in our event calendar for May and save your seats now!
Material Explosion goes tableau! Draw a scene from your imagination, and fill it with color using acrylic ink. This class starts with fun activities inspired by Surrealist artists to get your imagination going.
Saturday, May 12
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Ages 7 - 12
• $15 members
• $20 nonmembers
Click the link in our bio and navigate to May CLASSES in our event calendar to register your lil’ artist now while space lasts!
[Edvard Munch (Norway, 1863 - 1944), “Separation”, 1896]
Get swinging tomorrow night at our final Audio Muse of the season!
The Hot Baked Goods put a contemporary twist on swing classics and new creations, keeping things upbeat and hopping. Tap your toes to this eight-piece band straight out of San Francisco’s liveliest quarters!
New media artist Darin Reyes will compliment the aural experience with a visual art installment to complete the final Audio Muse of the season!
The Hot Baked Goods + Darin Reyes
Thursday, April 19
6:30 - 9 PM
• $8 Members
• $14 Nonmembers
Artist Luke Butler's pieces often integrate images and words; this work is part of the artist's MMXVII series. The title painted directly on the canvas, alternates between being seen and unseen against the backdrop of crashing ocean waves. This placement alludes not only to the end scene of a movie but, in a more literal sense, brands the painting as the artist's own.
Born in San Francisco and raised in New York City, Butler's recent work often superimposes written elements over scenes from nature. In earlier series, he incorporated elements from popular culture, such as Star Trek, appropriating the figures to reexamine notions of masculinity and other cultural conventions. Notice the movement and energy of churning sea foam frozen in time.
[Luke Butler (American, born 1971), "An L Butler Picture IV", 2017. Acrylic on canvas. Crocker Art Museum, anonymous gift]
Bay Area art collector Wendy Willrich recently decided that the Crocker Art Museum should become the ultimate home for her collection of 41 early California paintings. The gift is transformative, and will contribute immensely to the Museum's unparalleled display of California art. Ranging in date from the 1870s through the 1940s, the collection begins with images of California’s majestic Sierra Nevada scenery in the style popularized by the East Coast’s Hudson School, and continues with quieter Barbizon-inspired and Tonalist landscapes in watercolor and oil. These, in turn, give way to plein-air Impressionist and Post-Impressionist scenes of mountains, desert, and sea.
This exhibition is ongoing, opening April 22, 2018.
[Selden Connor Gile, Desert Bridge/Holbrook, circa 1926. Oil on board, 14 x 17 in. Wendy Willrich Collection]
Bring your precious objects from home, and get tips on how to arrange them into a unique still life that represents you! Some drawing and painting experience is recommended, but all levels are welcome. Canvas and paint are provided.
Paint A Still Life: Personal Objects class!
Saturday, May 5, 10:30 AM - 4 PM
• $75 members
• $90 nonmembers
Click the link in our bio and head to CLASSES in May to sign up now!
[Carolus Brenner (American, 1865-1929), "Still Life with Pipe and an Issue of the Courier Journal", 1883, Oil on canvas, 10 1/8 × 16¼ in. (25.7 × 41.3 cm.), Speed Art Museum]
Frank Myers Boggs was born in Ohio and raised in New York City, where he began his career as an engraver for Harper's magazine. He went to Paris in 1876 and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts with Jean Léon Gérôme, who encouraged him to practice landscape painting rather than figure painting in the academic tradition. Two years later, he returned to New York City and set up a studio on Shelter Island. After his first inclusion in the Paris Salon in 1880, he pursued his career in Europe while continuing to seek recognition in the United States by sending paintings to New York, Boston, and Chicago for exhibition and sale.
Although acquainted with Dutch artist Johan Barthold Jongkind, as well as French artists Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley, Boggs did not take up the broken brushwork of the Impressionists in capturing the heavy atmosphere of Northern Europe. He painted this view of Dordrecht harbor in the Netherlands after he settled in Europe permanently. A subject popularized by 17th- and 18th-century Dutch painters, in Boggs’s conception the harbor is dominated by the Dordrecht Cathedral.
[Frank Myers Boggs (American, 1855–1926), Dordrecht Harbor, circa 1880-1881. Oil on canvas. 51.5" x 38.5". Crocker Art Museum, gift of Anne and Malcolm McHenry]