It’s time for Crocker Con and more art-inspired fun

By July 06, 2017

Artful Tot
Sept: 1 & 2: 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), $5 per additional person. Fees include museum admission.

Crocker Architecture Tour
Sept. 3:
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 admission for nonmembers.

Kids & Company Gallery Adventure
Sept. 3 & 17: Amusing and educational, this 10:30 a.m. 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. Free for museum members and free with admission for nonmembers.

Lunch & Learn
Sept. 5: Join an in-depth examination of “The Development of the Van Gogh Hockney Chair” 1989 by Raimonds Staprans at noon and 1 p.m. Before or after the 30-minute gallery conversation, take time to enjoy lunch at the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club. Free for museum members and free with admission for nonmembers.

Wee Wednesday
Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27: 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 admission for nonmembers.

Baby Loves Art
Sept. 6 & 16:
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. 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. Tour starts at 10:30 a.m. Free for museum members and free with admission for nonmembers.

Fall Film Series
Sept. 7:
Join us for a trip around the globe as the Crocker presents a behind-the-scenes discussion of the best foreign cinema at 6:30 p.m. Provocative and educational, this screening will include an introduction by local film expert Jacob Greenberg, designed to offer a full understanding of the film individually and as part of the Crocker’s curated series. Co-presented with Slow Food Sacramento in honor of farm-to-fork month, ”Tampopo” has been called “one of the best food movies of all time” by eater.com. An homage to ramen, ”Tampopo” dishes out hilarity in a series of vignettes all loosely based around the plight of a small ramen shop. Produced in the style of a Spaghetti Western (or as it was dubbed early, “Ramen Western”), “Tampopo” received a 4-star review from Roger Ebert who called it a “tour de force” and “universally funny.” Before the screening, at 5:30 p.m. Chef Yasushi Ueyama will demonstrate the fine art of noodle-making and sake tasting as a first course to the film “Tampopo.” The owner of Sacramento Slow Food Snail of Approval restaurant Shoki Ramen, Yasushi approaches the humble noodle with a passion and creativity that will whet our appetites for the movie. Cost is $6 museum members, $10 student/youth, $12 nonmembers.

New on View Tour
Sept. 7 & 9:
Never the same tour twice, the New on View Tour dives into the Crocker’s latest special exhibitions and newest works of art. Free for museum members and free with admission for nonmembers.

Art Rx
Sept. 9: 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 an accomplished 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. Call (916) 808-1962, or email [email protected] with questions. First-time participants: Please arrive 15 to 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.

Super Sunday Playday
Sept. 10:
Celebrate the grand reopening of Tot Land at an art party extravaganza, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for our youngest visitors and their families. Be the first to explore the exciting new design of Tot Land, and check out two interactive Art Spots created just for children 5 and younger. With art-making stations, a chance to meet artists and musical entertainment for the whole family, this is a Super Sunday not to be missed. Free for museum members and free with admission for nonmembers.

Prelude Tour
Sept. 10: In advance of the Classical Concert featuring Christopher Atzinger on the piano, enjoy a docent-led tour of works by Childe Hassam and other American impressionist painters 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 admission for nonmembers.

Classical Concert: Christopher Atzinger
Sept. 10: Known for his “abundant energy, powerful fingers, big sound and natural musicality” (“Gramophone”), pianist Christopher Atzinger presents a unique concert inspired by the relationship between American impressionist painter Childe Hassam and the music of 19th-century American composer John Knowles Paine, considered one of the first important American composers. Paine and Hassam spent summers together at Appledore Island off the coast of Maine, home of a famed salon where artists of all types convened to share inspiration and ideas. Atzinger’s program will also include work by composers who influenced (or were influenced by) Paine, such as Robert Schumann and John Alden Carpenter. Space is limited and advance registration is recommended. Cost is $6 museum members, $10 students/youth/Capital Public Radio members, $12 nonmembers.

Kingsley Art Club Evaluation Day
Sept. 12: The Kingsley Art Club sponsors art and antique evaluations focusing on a variety of collecting areas from 10 a.m. to 2 4 p.m. Informal appraisals (verbal approximations of value) are $12 per item or $55 for five items. Appointments are required. Please call (916) 808-7752 to schedule an appointment.

ArtMix | Crocker Con
Sept. 14: KA-POW!!! The fifth annual ArtMix | Crocker Con takes off from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Trekkies and Whovians, young and old, don your capes for an evening of out-of-this-world performances, DJs, local comic book legends and fun-loving vendors plus live character sketching, panel talks, podcasts and a parade of cosplay. For this Art Mix all ages are welcome; $5 drink specials all night. Free for museum members, $10 for nonmembers.

Educator Soiree
Sept. 14:
We cannot thank teachers enough for all that they do, but this event from 6 to 8 p.m. is a start. Held in conjunction with ArtMix | CrockerCon, the Educator Soiree is the perfect combination of mingling, music, and art, with just a touch of professional development. The region’s premier cultural organizations will showcase 2017-18 cultural program offerings for grades K-12. After chatting with local vendors and each other, stay for ArtMix, where you can enjoy live music, performances and art activities to replicate with your students. Complimentary wine is available for all educators and food is available for purchase. Register in advance at crockerart.org and receive a special gift.

Artist to Artist: Raimonds Staprans in Conversation with Squeak Carnwath
Sept. 17: In honor of “Full Spectrum: Paintings by Raimonds Staprans” (closing Oct. 8) Raimonds Staprans makes a rare appearance to discuss his work with legendary artist and educator Squeak Carnwath at 2 p.m. Together they’ll discuss Staprans’ long career, his love of color and how, as a native Latvian, he went on to become a premier California painter. Carnwath, Professor Emerita of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, and founding member of the Artists’ Legacy Foundation, will help us gain an insider’s look at Staprans’ artistic process in this wide-ranging conversation between two celebrated California artists. Cost is $8 museum members, $12 nonmembers.

Kingsley Art Club Lecture Series
Sept. 20: The series presents sculptor Roger Berry: “Thoughts About Sculpture” at 1:15 p.m. Roger Berry is an accomplished Sacramento sculptor with public and private commissions across the country, including works at the University of Connecticut; Florida International University, Miami; Oberlin College, Ohio; City of Napa; and a recent commission for the Four Seasons Hotel in Abu Dhabi. In Sacramento Roger created a large, suspended piece for the Medical School Education Building on the campus of the UC Davis Medical Center. Roger will discuss sculpture and the evolution and creation of his work during his long career. On your way to the lecture, you can enjoy one of his sculptures at the corner of 3rd and P streets. Cost is $8 museum members, $5 student/youth, $12 nonmembers.

Jazz Night at the Crocker: Vivian Lee
Sept. 21: Sacramento’s longest-running summer jazz series offers unrivaled evenings of art and music 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. Jazz vocalist and recording artist Vivian Lee specializes in the classic standards, drawing her influence from greats such as Ellington, Brubeck, Mercer and Gillespie. Lee’s award-winning phrasing, storytelling and magical stage presence have been captivating audiences for 15 years. As Lee continues to advocate for jazz here in Sacramento, she has assembled a top-notch ensemble of regional players to accompany her for shows that are witty and engaging. For the best seat in the house bring your own chair. Cost is $8 museum members, $14 nonmembers.

Sketch It
Sept. 24: 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 admission for nonmembers.

Dinner with the Crockers
Sept. 28: The fun-loving spirits of Judge E. B. and Margaret Crocker cordially invite you to a special tour of their collection, followed by a savory farm-to-fork dinner featuring recipes from the Crockers’ era with a fresh twist, prepared by Supper Club Chef Matt Woolston at 6 p.m. Discover the brilliance of the museum’s collection, starting with early purchases by the Crockers during their 1869 voyage to Germany and ending with the most recent acquisitions. Then, sit among friends in the historic ballroom — the site of many of the Crocker family’s famous parties — to round out the evening with an incredible dining experience. Cost is $125 museum members, $150 nonmembers.; with wine: $150 museum members, $175 nonmembers.

Tickets for the programs listed above may be purchased at crockerart.org or at the museum admission desk.

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

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