The Crocker Art Museum serves again as a venue for Sacramento-area schools and art organizations participating in the California Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month, which celebrates exceptional arts education programs in this exhibition of student artwork.
The show runs through April 2.
Also this month, the museum plays host to a variety of art-related events.
Kingsley Art Club Lecture Series: Lawrence Rinder
March 15: Lawrence Rinder, director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, will discuss the groundbreaking exhibition “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia,” which explores the profound impact of the counterculture on global art, architecture and design at 1:15 p.m. Cost is $8 for museum members, $5 for students/youth and $12 for nonmembers.
March 16: The exhibition “JapanAmerica: Points of Contact, 1876-1970” is touring the country and while it’s on view at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramentans will have the opportunity to take an in-depth look at what it takes to tell the rich story of cultural exchange between Japan and the United States through visual art objects, from the 19th century to the 20th. Nancy E. Green, the Gale and Ira Drukier curator of European and American art, prints and drawing at Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, will give the backstory of the “JapanAmerica” connection at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited and advance registration is recommended. Cost is $6 for museum members, $10 for students/youth and $12 for nonmembers.
Artist Talk: Chris Antemann’s “Forbidden Fruit”
March 19: The exquisite porcelain sculpture of Chris Antemann playfully intersects 18th-century Rococo design and a contemporary examination of erotic human relations. On the opening day of “Forbidden Fruit: Chris Antemann at MEISSEN®,” join the artist at 2 p.m. for an engaging and illuminating talk on her work and explorations as an artist-in-residence at Meissen, the iconic porcelain manufacturer. Space is limited, and advance registration is recommended. Cost is $5 for museum members, $10 for students/youth and $12 for nonmembers.
Panel Discussion: Women in the Arts
March 23: In honor of Women’s History Month join us for an evening of in-depth conversation with a panel of artists discussing the issues facing female artists today, moderated by Kathrine Lemke Waste, the president of American Women Artists, at 6:30 p.m. What are the challenges women face as they break into the art world? Why are women still underrepresented in museums today (typically making up only 20 percent of museums’ collections, with an even smaller percentage of those works actually on display), and how can we address this inequality? We will also take stock of how far efforts toward equal representation of female artists have come, and how far they still have to go. Space is limited, and advance registration is recommended. Cost is $10 for museum members, $5 for students/youth and $15 for nonmembers.
Twisted Sacratomato Game Night: “JapanAmerica” Edition
March 30: In celebration of Japanese culture, influence and history, and the opening of three Japan-focused exhibitions, the Crocker’s Twisted Sacratomato Game Night will have a Nipponese twist. Try your hand at Go, the classic black-and-white tile board game or learn to master “Shogi,” Japanese chess; cheer on or partake in a Sodoku battle; and enjoy Japanese-themed pub trivia, docent-led tours, board games and coloring books from 6 to 9 p.m. A cash bar will be available all night and everyone can enter to win our Japanese swag raffles. The event is free for museum members and $10 for nonmembers.
Tickets for the above-mentioned programs and events may be purchased at crockerart.org or at the museum admission desk.
March 15, 22 & 29: Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based art experience for children ages 3 to 5. The adventure begins in Tot Land with groups leaving at 10:30 and 11 a.m. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.
Baby Loves Art
March 18 & 21: Baby Loves Art, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., engages babies (up to 18 months old) in a visually stimulating gallery walk and gives parents and caregivers a fun opportunity to connect with their babies and each other. All baby noises are expected and welcome. Strollers are allowed and front carriers are recommended for the best art view. Please no backpacks or rear carriers. Meet at the admission desk; no advance registration required. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.
Kids & Company Gallery Adventure
March 19: Amusing and educational, this tour, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages 5 and older (and the adults who tag along with them) in a fun and playful manner. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.
March 19: This drop-in art-making program, open to all from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, is designed to spark creativity. Children with learning and developmental disabilities and their families are especially invited. Wonder Lab is presented in collaboration with the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Access Committee.
March 26: Visitors ages 5 and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This drop-in program meets in a different gallery each month. No experience necessary, and all supplies are provided. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.
The Crocker Art Museum was the first public art museum in the Western United States and is one of the leading art museums in California. The museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African and oceanic artworks and international ceramics. The Crocker is located at 216 O St. in downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Western Health Advantage. For more information call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerart.org.