Crocker Art Museum gets jazzy and topical in August

By From page B2 | July 19, 2017

Summer is in full swing and so are events at the Crocker Art Museum. Next month patrons will enjoy many special programs.

Lunch & Learn
Aug. 1: Join an in-depth examination of “Incantation,” 2014 by Martin Wittfooth at noon or 1 p.m. Before or after the 30-minute gallery conversation, take time to enjoy lunch at the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club.

Curator Walk-Through
Aug. 3: Crocker Associate Director and Chief Curator Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., will lead a gallery walk-through of the exhibition “Full Spectrum: Paintings by Raimonds Staprans” at 6 p.m. The exhibition curator and a lead contributor to the show’s catalogue, Shields offers insights into the life and work of Staprans as well as an enhanced understanding of this Latvia-born, Bay Area-based artist who, at age 90, continues to paint and contribute to the canon of California art. Cost is $5 museum members and $12 nonmembers.

New on View Tour
Aug. 3, 12 & 24:
Never the same tour twice, the New on View Tour dives into the Crocker’s latest special exhibitions and newest works of art at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 3 p.m. Saturday (dates specific). Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.

Summer Film Series
Aug. 3: 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. “La Haine (Hate)” tells the story of one summer day in the lives of three friends in a Parisian low-income housing project. After an incident of police brutality against their friend and an ensuing riot, the three friends — Vinz, a Jew; Saïd, an Arab; and Hubert, an Afro-Frenchman — distract themselves and avoid the police. When one friend reveals he has found a police revolver and fears of another riot become imminent, the young men struggle to keep their heads and stay alive. Filmed in stark black and white with raw and brilliant performances, “La Haine” is a compelling human narrative. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $6 museum members, $10 student/youth and $12 nonmembers.

Artful Tot
Aug. 5: Each month toddlers explore art making with different materials in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to working with clay and fabric, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. 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) and $5 per additional person.

Kids & Company Gallery Adventure
Aug. 6 & 20: Amusing and educational, this tour 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 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.

Crocker Architecture Tour
Aug. 6:
Explore the distinct architectural elements, 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. 

ArtMix | Combust
Aug. 10: Back by popular demand, this party from 6 to 9 p.m. will bring you one step closer to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the once-a-year event too hot to mention by name. Sacramento’s Burners know what we’re talking about. So if you’re packing for the playa, pre-party at the Crocker with electronic beats, sneak peeks of this year’s desert projects and last-minute gear grabs in the Playa Marketplace. Arrive in style and be wowed by art cars, one-of-a-kind art installations and performances all night long; $5 drink specials all night. Free for museum members, $10 for nonmembers.

Sunday Playday
Aug. 13: A monthly program for children ages 4 to 6 and their caregivers, Sunday Playday is a gallery-based, art-making 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
Aug. 13:
In advance of the Classical Concert featuring Stephanie and Saar, enjoy at 1 and 2 p.m. a docent-led tour of the exhibition “Full Spectrum: Paintings by Raimonds Staprans” to help put the music in context with the art. Prelude tours are open to all visitors. Free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers.

Classical Concert: Stephanie and Saar
Aug. 13: The works featured in the exhibition “Full Spectrum: Paintings by Raimonds Staprans” showcase the beauty and drama of Staprans’ use of a single theme: still life. To extraordinary effect, duo Stephanie and Saar take inspiration from Staprans in a program featuring Bach’s The Art of Fugue, which also explores a single theme with astonishing variety. Playing together on a single piano, Stephanie and Saar captivate with the complex and haunting masterpieces Bach composed at the end of his life. Included in the 3 p.m. program will be the composer’s very last fugue, which he mysteriously left unfinished, confounding generations of scholars. Space is limited and advance registration is recommended. Cost is $6 museum members, $10 students/youth and $12 nonmembers.

Baby Loves Art
Aug. 15 & 19: 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. 

Jazz Night at the Crocker: Ray Obiedo
Aug. 17: Sacramento’s longest-running summer jazz series offers unrivaled evenings of art and music on third Thursdays, June through September. This year’s lineup was crafted from the melodic recommendations of Gary Vercelli, Capital Public Radio’s jazz music director. Relax and mellow out with the smooth Latin sounds of Ray Obiedo at 6:30 p.m. Hailing from the Bay Area, contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Obiedo draws his influence from an eclectic group of musical greats and continues to celebrate this diversity through a blend of multi-ethnic rhythms. With group and solo albums to his credit and original music featured in movie soundtracks, Obiedo is one of California’s finest champions of jazz. For the best seat in the house, bring your own chair. Cost is $8 museum members and $14 nonmembers.

Crocker Book Club
Aug. 24 & 26: The Crocker Book Club returns with another book that incorporates art in unique ways. Enjoy a robust discussion of the book led by a museum educator, followed by a gallery activity, at 6 p.m. on Thursday or 11 a.m. on Saturday. Grab a drink or snack from the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club and then join us in the first-floor meeting center for a fun exchange of ideas about the book, art and life. The breakout novel by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, “My Name is Red” centers on miniaturist artists of the Ottoman Empire in 1591 and swirls together murder, intrigue, romance and philosophical puzzles. Told in a unique style incorporating multiple narrators and points of view, this 1998 novel made Pamuk an international literary star who would go on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Conversations that Matter
Aug. 31: A bit experimental and definitely unpredictable, the Crocker Art Museum is starting a new series of conversations that invite the region’s best thinkers, creatives, believers and discussants to offer diverse perspectives on the state of humanity, current events and contemporary issues in art and culture. Various individuals and groups will join the Crocker in producing these conversations and first up will be the Fem Dems of Sacramento and Barkada, who will discuss micro-aggression, at 6:30 p.m. There will be a no-host soup bar for those starved for discourse and dinner. Free for museum members and $10 nonmembers.

Sketch It
Aug. 27: 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.

Tickets and more information about the above programs and events can be found at crockerart.org or at the museum admission desk.

About the Crocker
The Crocker Art Museum features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of European master drawings and international ceramics. The museum offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to augment its collections, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, children’s activities and more. 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. 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.

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