As summer winds down, the Crocker Art Museum announces a variety of programs for the fall and winter.

CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS

“Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art”

September 21 through January 11, 2015

Drawn from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition explores the idea that we are “a nation of immigrants” by considering the varied contributions of Latino artists to American art and culture from the mid-20th century to the present. Featuring nearly 100 works in all media by some of the leading contemporary artists working in the United States, the exhibition will examine how their works express an evolving and particular American experience. Latino artists across the United States were galvanized by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. They created new images of their communities and celebrated hybrid cultural traditions. Approaching their practice with humor, irony, and valor, Latino artists critically probed American history and popular culture, revealing the possibilities and tensions of expansionism, migration, and settlement.

“The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA”

October 12 through February 1, 2015

The tumultuous period following World War II provided fertile ground for a generation of Japanese photographers who responded to societal upheaval by creating a new visual language dubbed “are, bure, boke” — rough, blurred, and out of focus. Named for the magazine “Provoke,” which sought to break the rules of traditional photography, this exhibition traces how Japanese photographers responded to their country’s shifting social and political atmosphere. Showcasing photographers like Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama, and Shomei Tomatsu, the works presented all come from the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which holds one of the preeminent collections of Japanese photography in the United States. Organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the presentation of this exhibition is made possible by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

“Arte Mexicano: Legacy of the Masters”

October 12 through February 1, 2015

This exhibition showcases the ideals, individualism, and intertwining artistic lives of 20th-century Mexican artists. Composed of 40 paintings by more than 35 artists, the exhibition highlights their varied responses to the post-revolutionary call for a distinctly Mexican visual art. The social realism of Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siquerios, and the subjective and associative subjects of Rufino Tamayo, Maria Izquierdo, Remedios Varo, and Francisco Toledo are explored. Mexico’s importance as a crucible of modernist ideas—one that attracted artists from Europe and the United States—is traced alongside the inspiration drawn from the nation’s ancient civilizations. The mid-century abstraction of Gunther Gerzo and Carlos Merida, and of contemporary painters such as Mario Palacios brings the story to the present, as does the expressionism of Alejandro Santiago and Irma Palacios.

STUDENT & COMMUNITY EXHIBITIONS

“Selections from the Crocker Art Museum’s Studio Program”

August 14 through November 2, 2014

The Crocker Art Museum’s Studio Program offers classes in a variety of media and uses the Museum’s unique environment for inspiration and contemplation. “Studio Selections 2014” is a sample of works that represent the diverse and enthusiastic students enrolled in the 2013-2014 program year.

“American River College Fine Arts Club Annual Art Exhibit

November 6, 2014 through January 4, 2015

Join us for an annual celebration of artwork created by members of the American River College (ARC) Fine Arts Club. The ARC Fine Arts Club was established in 2007 with the primary mission to create an atmosphere of artistic community on the ARC campus and to provide alternate public venues to showcase student artwork. 

CONCERTS, FILMS, & SPECIAL EVENTS

ASG Evaluation Day

Thursday, November 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Art Service Group (ASG)will sponsor an evaluation day focusing on a variety of different areas. Informal appraisals (verbal approximations of value) are $10 per item or $45 for five items. Appointments are required. For more information and an appointment, call (916) 808-7752.

Classical Concert: Festival of New American Music Presents

Sunday, November 9, 3 p.m.

California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) and the Crocker present virtuoso flutist Laurel Zucker and Grammy-winning harpist Jacquelyn Venter in this Festival of New American Music performance. Both nationally recognized, Zucker and Venter will present an emotionally-charged performance that should not be missed. $6 Museum members, $10 students/youth, $12 nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org, the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. Space is limited and reserving tickets in advance is required. This concert is part of the Crocker’s monthly Classical Concert series with a Prelude Tour preceding the concert at 1:30 p.m.

Art Mix | BroVember

Thursday, November 13, 5 – 9 p.m.

This month, Art Mix transforms into a welcoming bro-asis for the gentlemen of Sacramento. Enjoy men’s etiquette and fashion tips from the Denim Spot and advice on outfitting your man cave from local designers. Get buzzed while watching live barber demonstrations by Anthony’s Barber Shop and rock out to live music by The Nickel Slots. Join in on five-minute spotlight art talks featuring the manliest men in the Crocker’s collection and don’t miss guest DJ Billy Lane, beard and mustache contests, and manly maker stations. Ladies, it wouldn’t be a party without you so please join us! Free for Museum members, $10 nonmembers. College students get a $2 discount on tickets. Drink specials under $5 all night. Art Mix takes place every second Thursday of the month.

Crocker Holiday Artisan Market 2014

Friday, November 28, 12 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H Street, Sacramento

Enjoy shopping for handmade, one-of-a-kind, functional and decorative gifts made by over 100 artists at the 9th annual Crocker Holiday Artisan Market. Delicious food is available from Ambrosia Café. Free for Museum members, $3 students/seniors, $6 nonmembers. Free parking. This event is hosted in partnership with the Creative Arts League of Sacramento.

TOURS & TALKS

Highlight Tours

Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Visitors will discover the essence of the Crocker’s permanent collection in this introductory tour of the Museum. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org.

Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, November 4, 12 p.m.

Join an in-depth examination of Daido Moriyama’s “Stray Dog, Misawa, Aomori.” Before or after the 30-minute gallery talk, take time to enjoy lunch at the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org.

New on View Tours

Thursday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 8, 4 p.m.

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 general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices can be found at crockerartmuseum.org

Backstory: Smithsonian Curator E. Carmen Ramos on “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art”

Thursday, November 6, 7 p.m.

Get an in-depth look at the Smithsonian’s exhibitionOur America: The Latino Presence in American Art.” E. Carmen Ramos, the exhibition’s curator, will discuss the complex relationship between Latino art and the larger world of American art from the 1950s to the present. Her talk will explore how Latino artists have reframed themes of national identity, American history and popular culture. $8 Museum members/students/youth, $15 nonmembers. Space is limited and reserving tickets in advance is recommended.

Prelude Tour

Sunday, November 9, 1:30 p.m.

Before the Classical Concert at 3 p.m., enjoy a docent-led tour of “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.” Prelude Tours are open to all visitors and are free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org.

Crocker History Tour

Sunday, November 16, 12 p.m.

Learn about the Crocker family and the era during which they lived as you journey back in time on this history-infused gallery tour. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org. History Tours are available from November through April.

Meet Me at the Museum

Tuesday, November 18, 10:30 a.m.

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. Free for everyone. Advance registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Tiffany Paige at (916) 792-3281 or Paige@ArtzAlz.org. This tour takes place every third Tuesday of the month.

Kingsley Art Club Lecture Series: Librarian Emeritus of the California State Library Gary Kurutz

Wednesday, November 19, 1:15 p.m.

Gary Kurutz, Librarian Emeritus of the California State Library, will offer behind-the-scenes details of the Library’s recent 4-year $40 million restoration including the efforts to safeguard historical features and magnificent public art. $5 Museum members and college students, $10 nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org, the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. Space is limited and reserving tickets in advance is recommended.

YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS

Wonder Lab

Sunday, November 2, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This drop-in art-making program, open to all, is designed to spark creativity! Children with learning and developmental disabilities, ages 5 and older, and their families are especially invited. Wonder Lab is presented in collaboration with I Can Do That! and the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Access Committee. This session is offered as part of the Crocker’s participation in the 2014-15 UC Davis Campus Community Book Project (CCBP), which features “Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism” by acclaimed researcher, inventor, and best-selling author, Temple Grandin. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org.

Kids & Company Gallery Adventure

Sundays, November 2 & 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wildly amusing and surprisingly 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. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org. This program takes place every first and third Sunday of the month.

Artful Tot

Tuesday, November 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Every month, toddlers explore art making with different materials in new ways, from printmaking and color mixing to clay and fabric. Adults learn how to encourage experimentation and self-expression while nurturing their child’s creativity. Families are welcome to arrive anytime during this drop-in program. Please dress for mess. This program is for children from 19 to 36 months old and their caregivers. $7 Museum member tot, $10 nonmember tot. Fees include Museum admission. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org, the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. This program takes place every first Tuesday of the month.

Wee Wednesday

Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:30 & 11 a.m.

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. This program takes place every Wednesday. Wee Wednesdays are free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org. Wee Wednesdays are sponsored by Raley’s.

Art Blast

Saturday, November 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Each month a different work of art provides the inspiration for a memorable art-making activity for families with children ages 7 to 12. Families are welcome to drop in anytime during the program. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org. This program takes place every second Saturday of the month. Art Blast is sponsored by Raley’s.

The Art of Parenting: Family Traditions in a Multicultural America

Sunday, November 9, 2 – 4 p.m.

This program invites parents and grandparents to come together and exchange ideas about passing down family tradition – or creating new ones – in ways that reflect the diversity of today’s families. This event is inspired by the blended cultural traditions presented in the exhibition “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.” Participate in a parenting discussion, sample international treats, and try a hands-on craft. Bringing family photos is encouraged. Advance registration is recommended. Facilitator: Terry Press-Dawson, MSW, licensed marriage and family therapist, and retired school counselor. $5 Museum members, $10 nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org, the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182.

Creative Care

Sunday, November 9, 2 – 4 p.m.

For parents and caregivers attending The Art of Parenting, Creative Care will engage children ages 6 to 10 with a gallery trip and art making. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. $5 Museum members, $10 nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org, the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182.

Homeschool Day: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Tuesday, November 11, 12 – 2 p.m. (Drop In)

All aboard! November’s Homeschool Day, for grades pre-k through 12, is all about travel. After a fun, interactive journey through the galleries looking at planes, trains, and other fantastic ways of getting around, students ages 4 and older will receive guidance from an art instructor for creating their own map-inspired artwork. One chaperone is required for every five students. $3 per person in advance (advance registration is required by 5 p.m., November 10), $5 at the door. Fee includes Museum admission. Register at crockerartmuseum.org, the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182.

Sunday Crafternoon

Sunday, November 16, 1 – 3 p.m.

This monthly gathering will inspire your family’s creativity and help you enjoy quality time together. Make simple crafts that celebrate the season, using a variety of beautiful materials. For ages four and up with adult participation required; siblings ages three and under are welcome to tag along at no extra charge. $5 Museum member (child or adult), $7 nonmember (child or adult). This program takes place every third Sunday during October through March.

Baby Loves Art

Tuesday, November 18, 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Baby Loves Art 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. For the best art view, front carriers are recommended. Strollers are allowed, but please no backpacks. Meet at the Admission Desk; no advance registration required. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org. This program takes place every third Tuesday of the month.

Sketch It

Sunday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Visitors ages 5 and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. 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. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org. This program takes place every fourth Sunday of the month.

The Crocker Art Museum was the first public art museum in the Western U.S. and is one of the leading art museums in California today. 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 Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., 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 crockerartmuseum.org.

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