Art, film, music all at the Crocker

By From page B4 | June 21, 2017

As summer heats up, why not enjoy the cool, cultured and colorful atmosphere of the Crocker Art Museum? Exhibits, programs and events will keep the whole family busy.

Art Spots
Check out Art Spots, art installations designed for children 5 and younger and their grownups, sprouting up in various museum spaces. Through Oct. 29 artists Michelle Lee and Darin Reyes present “Gato” — Have you ever wondered what your childhood toys dream about? Step into the dreams of a giant, stuffed toy cat in “Gato,” a multi-sensory interactive exhibition. Beginning on July 23, artists Glenda Drew and Jiayi Young exhibit will feature dazzling color, light and reflection. Children will explore a wonder-filled environment enhanced by stories of nature, magic, culture and courage. “PL!NK” invites remote visitors to take part in the installation, in real time, from remote locations through a robust website.

Crocker History Tour
July 1:
Learn about the Crocker family and the era during which they lived as you journey back in time on the history-infused gallery tour at 11 a.m. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.

Crocker Architecture Tour
July 2:
Explore the distinct architectural element of the Crocker Art Museum, inside and out, of the Teel Family Pavilion and the historic building at 1 p.m. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.

Kids & Company Gallery Adventure
July 2 & 16: Amusing and educational, this tour from 10:30 to 11 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.

Summer film
July 6:
The Summer Film Series returns, this year showcasing the power of black-and-white. Discover how directors have used this monochromatic style, by choice or by necessity, to achieve a variety of effects, as you explore each movie with local film historian Jacob Greenberg. A black-and-white short film will precede each screening, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Starring Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, written by Arthur Miller, and directed by John Huston, “The Misfits” leaps off the screen with passion, drama, and sheer star power. The story of a recently divorced woman in a burgeoning relationship with an aging cowboy in the heat of the Nevada desert, “The Misfits” is the final film for both Gable, who died days after filming ended, and Monroe, who succumbed to an overdose the following year. Both give legendary performances and “The Misfits” is now considered one of the great films of its era. Cost is $6 museum members, $10 student/youth, $12 nonmembers.

New on View Tour
July 6, 8 & 27:
Never the same tour twice, the New on View Tour dives into the Crocker’s latest special exhibitions and newest works of art. Tours are at 6:30 p.m. July 6 & 27 and 3 p.m. on July 8. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.

Family Friday
July 7, 14, 21, & 28: This summer, Family Fridays are hands on from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explore a different artistic material each week with interactive artist demonstrations, exciting performances, and creations you can take home. Designed for a range of abilities and learning styles, Family Fridays take place in the E. Kendall Davis courtyard and include multi-sensory activities, picnic areas, and a Double Digit Clubhouse just for kids 10 and older. Check out crockerart.org for weekly themes and activities. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.

Artful Tot
July 8: Each month, toddlers explore artmaking with different materials in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to working with clay and fabric, 10:30 to noon (drop in). Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive any time during this drop-in program. Please dress for mess. This program is for children from 19 to 36 months old and their caregivers. Cost is $7 museum members, $10 nonmembers (includes one child and one adult), $5 per additional person. Fees include museum admission.

Art Rx
July 8:
Art Rx now serves two communities – those with chronic pain and those who serve as palliative caregivers for patients or loved ones facing the end of life. These individuals along with their guests are invited to enjoy facilitated group conversations about select pieces of art with a trained docent at 11 a.m. The goal of Art Rx is to encourage positive experiences that reduce the burden of chronic pain and caregiver stress. No prior art knowledge is necessary. Advanced registration is required and is available on the website. Call (916) 808-1962 or email [email protected] with questions. First-time participants: Please arrive 15-30 minutes early for check-in. Art Rx is presented in collaboration with the Center for Pain Medicine’s Integrative Pain Management Program, part of the UC Davis Health System.

Sunday Playday
July 9: A monthly program for children ages 4 to 6 and their caregivers, Sunday Playday is a gallery-based, artmaking experience designed to support school readiness from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (drop in). Led by a museum educator, children will participate in a fun make-and-take project using a variety of materials, inspired by a different artwork each month. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.

Prelude Tour
July 9:
In advance of the classical concert featuring Anyssa Neumann on piano, enjoy a docent-led tour of 19th-century European paintings from the Crocker’s permanent collection to help put the music in context with the art. Prelude Tours at 1 and 2 p.m. are open to all visitors. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.

Piano concert
July 9:
Sacramento-born and London-based pianist Anyssa Neumann presents a program of Central European composers inspired by the Crocker’s permanent collection of European paintings. This 3 p.m. concert of 19th- and early 20th-century works includes pieces by Richard Strauss (Bavaria), Leoš Janáček (Czech Republic), Nicolai Medtner (Russia) and Ernst von Dohnányi (Hungary). A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Oxford University and Kings College London, Neumann is active as a performer and researcher, and has been praised for the “clarity, charm and equipoise” of her performances. Space is limited and advance registration is recommended. Cost is $6 museum members, $10 students/youth, $12 nonmembers.

Art After Work
July 11:
Join Crocker Adult Education Coordinator Erin Dorn and Sacramento Public Library staff Jamie Paiva at 5:15 p.m. for a talk on California painter Raimonds Staprans — known for his gorgeous color work and rich layering of paint — followed by an art activity on color theory inspired by Staprans’ paintings. This program is presented at the Sacramento Public Library, 818 I St. Art after Work programs are free and open to the public and take place the second Tuesday of every month. Select programs are presented with a guest speaker from the Crocker. For more information contact the library at (916) 264-2920 or [email protected].

July 13:
The pages of contemporary art magazine “Hi-Fructose” come to life as visual and performing artists collaborate to present a living exploration of cutting-edge art during this month’s ArtMix, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Aerialist Rebel Rose, circus artist Katie Nicole, Doggie Diner Dogheads plus delicious sweet treats and more local legends will pump up the volume alongside live body painting. Follow the Crocker’s Facebook page to enter our costume contest for best “Hi-Fructose”-inspired wearable art! Free for museum members, $10 for nonmembers.

“Hi-Fructose” Founding Editors in Conversation
July 15: A decade ago, the cutting-edge art magazine “Hi-Fructose” took the art world by storm, featuring groundbreaking artwork and artists defying all terms and types. The exhibition Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose honors the vision of the magazine’s founding editors, Annie Owens and Daniel “Attaboy” Seifert. Owens and Seifert will be at the Crocker at 2 p.m. to discuss their experiences as independent publishers of a magazine renowned for revealing the most innovative artists working today. Cost is $6 museum members, $10 students/youth, $12 nonmembers.

Baby Loves Art
July 15 & 18:
Baby Loves Art engages babies (up to 18 months old) in a visually stimulating gallery walk, offering parents and caregivers a fun opportunity to connect with their babies and each other from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 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.

Meet Me at the Museum
July 18:
Art observation and conversation serve as a gateway to memories and social interaction during this tour designed for visitors living with dementia and Alzheimer’s at 10:30 a.m. Advance registration is required. To register or for more information contact Tiffany Paige at (916) 792-3281 or via email at [email protected]

Jazz concert
July 20:
Sacramento’s longest-running summer jazz series offers unrivaled evenings of art and music on third Thursdays, June through September, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year’s lineup was crafted from the melodic recommendations of Gary Vercelli, Capital Public Radio’s jazz music director. The Brazilian sound of Sandy Cressman will have you moving in your seat, dreaming of the colors, spices, and electric energy of the Federative Republic’s rich musical tradition. Upon her discovery of the genre, Cressman began to study Portuguese and the contemporary Brazilian song book. Of her brisk and alluring style, The San Francisco Observer exclaimed, “Cressman pours out her love for the delightfully sensuous and melodious Brazilian lyrics …” For the best seat in the house, bring your own chair. Cost is $8 museum members, $14 nonmembers.

Guest lecture
July 22:
Art critic and frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, David Pagel will discuss the artwork of Raimonds Staprans in honor of the exhibition “Full Spectrum: Paintings by Raimonds Staprans” at 2 p.m. Mr. Pagel helps viewers understand the full spectrum of this master colorist and explains how Staprans’ still lifes and landscapes exude both calm and drama. Currently a professor of art theory and history at Claremont Graduate University, Mr. Pagel is also adjunct curator at the Parrish Art Museum, in Water Mill, NY, and the author of numerous books on art. Cost is $6 Museum members, $10 students/youth, $12 nonmembers.

Sketch It
July 23: 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 is necessary, and all supplies are provided. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.

Game night
July 27:
In honor of Sacratomato Week, Twisted Sacratomato Game Night returns to celebrate the art of play, 6 to 9 p.m. Pub trivia, strategy games, coloring books and scavenger hunts ensure something fun for everyone at this adult playdate. The Crocker Cafe by Supper Club will be open with snacks and drinks, docent-led tours will be available throughout the evening and all participants will be entered to win raffle prizes. Free for museum members, $10 for nonmembers. 

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. on Thursdays. For more information call (916) 8-8-7000 or visit crockerart.org.

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