“David Ligare: California Classicist”
June 7 through September 20, 2015
A self-proclaimed Classicist, David Ligare (born 1945) creates perfectly ordered still-life, landscape, architectural, and figurative paintings that occupy their own poetic world. The complete range of his subject matter is represented here in this retrospective exhibition of nearly 80 works. Although often grouped with California’s Photorealists, the very unreality of Ligare’s paintings and his underlying interest in antiquity belie such a label, and the perfection of his unblemished subjects and hyper-purity of his paint application seem more unearthly than real. In achieving these qualities, Ligare looks to the ancients for guidance and references the formal relationships found in Classical sculpture and architecture. And yet his paintings are firmly based in the specifics of California—and the Monterey region in particular, allowing Ligare to create art that is richly layered, broadly universal, and yet specifically of our time and place.
“Flowers of Fire and Earth: Shimo’s Blue-and-White Porcelains”
June 21 through September 6, 2015
If ever there were a perfect match between an artist’s medium and subject matter, it is in Shimo’s blue-and-white porcelains decorated with lotus flowers. An iconic symbol in Buddhism, the lotus springs forth pristinely white from the bottom of the murky pond in which it grows, suggesting the holiness of the Buddhist doctrine and the purity of the devotee. The same is true of the porcelain itself, which comes from a dwindling deposit in Jingdezhen, in Shimo’s native China. Beautifully translucent, it is the perfect ground for representing not only the lotus and others types of flowers, but landscapes and figures, all unions of history and modernity, East and West. In the approximately 40 works included in the exhibition, blue-and-white decoration encircles modernist forms, and bold, non-representational passages blend with recognizable motifs. Shimo has often said that he aims to “combine ancient traditions with a contemporary spirit” and, in a metaphor appropriate to his porcelains, “to melt the national aesthetics of Eastern and Western art in one furnace.”
“Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage”
June 28 through October 11, 2015
Armin Hansen (1886–1957) sought to capture the raw power and vitality of the Pacific and those who sailed it, rather than the beauty of the ocean’s light and color for its own sake. Although the San Francisco native at times painted lush still lifes, spirited rodeo scenes, and loosely rendered landscapes, his signature subjects were fisherfolk and the sea. Often described as an Impressionist, Hansen’s art departed from the calm and colorful beauty that characterized the style, even though he used bold colors and, at times, broken brushstrokes. For the most part, Hansen rejected Impressionism’s gentility to focus on humanity’s interaction and contests with nature. He did so with broad masses of color, dynamic compositions, and the elimination of superfluous detail. At heart a storyteller, he had an ability to create compelling narratives. His stories are told here through some 100 works, including oils on canvas, watercolors, and etchings. The exhibition is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art in collaboration with the staff of the Crocker Art Museum.
STUDENT & COMMUNITY EXHIBITION
“Camellia Waldorf School: The Art of Learning”
July 2 through December 6, 2015
At Camellia Waldorf School, the arts are infused into all subjects at every grade level, from preschool through eighth grade. Camellia Waldorf students work throughout their education with color and form; with clay, wood, fiber, metal, charcoal, and ink; with tone, drama, and speech; and with eurythmy as an art of bodily movement. For 25 years, Camellia Waldorf School’s academically rigorous and developmentally appropriate approach has nurtured creativity and resilience, strengthening students’ ability to think critically, collaborate, and communicate. Students graduate as independent thinkers, becoming leaders who impact the community and the world in positive ways. Located in south Sacramento, Camellia Waldorf School is uniquely distinguished as the most diverse Waldorf school in North America. The objects on view represent work by students from age 6 to 14. The exhibition reception will take place on Sunday, December 6, at 1 PM.
CONCERTS, FILMS, & SPECIAL EVENTS
Courtyard Classic Film Series: “Moby Dick”
Thursday, July 2, 8:30 p.m.
(1956, 116 Minutes, NR)
This summer, the Crocker Art Museum takes inspiration from the exhibitions “David Ligare:California Classicist” and “Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage” to bring you classic films centered on the sea and all its beauty, delights, and danger. Sacramento’s favorite film historian, Matías Bombal, will guest host each screening. Directed by John Houston and with a screenplay by Ray Bradbury, “Moby Dick”brings Melville’s seminal novel to life in heroic and harrowing fashion. Gregory Peck stars as determined Captain Ahab, fighting existential forces of nature in his hunt for the great white whale. The Museum’s E. Kendell Davis Courtyard opens at 7 p.m. for attendees to set up lawn chairs and blankets (seating is also provided). The following movies will be shown this summer: “Jaws” (August 6), and “Sea Hawk” (September 3). $5 Museum members, $6 students/youth, $8 nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org, at the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling . Before the film, savor a delicious, three-course dinner and artfully curated wines at the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club. For reservations and pricing call .
Art Mix | Quench
Thursday, July 9, 5 – 9 p.m.
Beat the heat — party at Sacramento’s coolest museum! Your yard may be dried up, but your social life doesn’t have to be. Work up a sweat shaking your booty to live music by Bonanza King and DJ Larry Rodriguez. Cool off and “become one” with the art in Charlie Schneider’s interactive performance. Discover fun ways to save water in style. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Enjoy food and drink discounts during happy hour from 4 – 6 p.m. and $5 drink specials all night. Art Mix takes place every second Thursday of the month.
Classical Concert: William Feasley, guitar
Sunday, July 12, 3 p.m.
Inspired by the art of David Ligare, renowned guitarist William Feasley offers other means to experience modern Classicism — through his program of works by neoclassical composers. Included are contemporary compositions by California-based Peter Madlem and 20th-century works by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce — all of which examine the traditional musical form of the sonata in new ways. Space is limited, and reserving tickets in advance is recommended. $6 Museum members, $10 students/youth & Capital Public Radio members, $12 nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org, at the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling . This concert is part of the Crocker’s monthly Classical Concert series with Prelude Tours preceding the concert at 1 & 2 p.m.
ASG Evaluation Day
Tuesday, July 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Art Service Group (ASG) will sponsor an evaluation day focusing on a variety of collecting areas. Informal appraisals (verbal approximations of value) are $12 per item or $55 for five items. Appointments are required. For more information and an appointment, call .
Jazz Night: Clairdee
Thursday, July 16
Cafe Stage: 5:15 p.m.
Main Stage: 6:30 p.m.
Curated and hosted by Vivian Lee, regional jazz matriarch and aficionado, Jazz Night makes the Crocker the cool place to be this summer every third Thursday through September. Clairdee and her lustrous voice will be on the Main Stage, harkening back to a time when jazz, pop, gospel, rhythm and blues often blended seamlessly together.Clairdee is unmatched at both delighting and educating audiences, given her background as a teaching artist with SFJAZZ and the San Francisco Symphony; a faculty member of the Jazzschool Institute (now known as the California Jazz Conservatory) in Berkeley; and a performer at renowned jazz venues, such as Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Performing with her trio, Clairdee presents a honed repertoire of standards, set to state-of-the-art arrangements that are equally smart and entertaining. The Cafe Stage will feature the garage soul band Current Personae with a sound reminiscent of Erykah Badu’s early day, Jill Scott before she became an actress, and Stevie Wonder’s funky period. $7 Museum members, $12 Capital Public Radio members, $12 students/youth, $14 nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org or at the Museum Admission Desk.
Twisted Sacratomato Salon
Thursday, July 23, 6 – 9 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Join this gathering of gamers, artists, and trivia buffs for a night of fun. A cash bar, drawing games, pub trivia, and tours of the galleries ensure there is something for everyone at this adult playdate! Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org.
TOURS & TALKS
New on View Tour
Thursdays, July 2 & 23, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 11, 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 are located at crockerartmuseum.org.
Saturdays, July 11, 18, 25; 11 a.m., 12, 1 & 2 p.m.
Sundays, July 5, 12, 19, 26; 11 a.m., 12, 1 & 2 p.m.
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. The Highlight Tour will not take place on Saturday, July 4.
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, July 7, 12 p.m.
Join an in-depth examination of “Venus and Adonis,” by Thomas Willeboirts. 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.
Saturday, July 11, 11 a.m.
Free for All
Individuals with chronic pain, along with family/caregivers, are invited to enjoy docent-facilitated group conversations about select pieces of art. The goal of Art Rx is to encourage positive experiences that reduce the burden of chronic pain. No prior art knowledge is necessary. Advance registration is required and is available at crockerartmuseum.org. Questions? Contact or email@example.com. Presented in collaboration with the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine’s Integrative Pain Management Program. First-time participants, please arrive 15-30 minutes early for check-in.
Sunday, July 12, 1 & 2 p.m.
Before the Classical Concert at 3 p.m., enjoy a docent-led tour of the “David Ligare: California Classicist” exhibition that helps place the music in context of the art on view. 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.
Symposium: The Art of David Ligare and Armin Hansen
Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spend a day at the Museum immersed in the work of two iconic California artists: Armin Hansen and David Ligare. Enjoy a presentation on Hansen by Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., the Crocker’s Associate Director and Chief Curator, author of “Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage” and lead author of “David Ligare: California Classicist.” Then hear from David Ligare himself as this Monterey-based artist shares insights into his work and his creative processes. These lectures will be followed by a conversation, audience questions, and book signing. All participants are invited to enjoy complimentary morning coffee and pastries, as well as afternoon wine (or non-alcoholic beverages). Box lunches from the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club can be pre-purchased for an additional fee of $15. For lunch options and a detailed schedule, visit crockerartmuseum.org. $35 Museum members, $40 students/youth, $42 nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org, at the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling .
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Sunday, July 19, 12 – 1 p.m.
Explore the distinct architectural elements, inside and out, of the Teel Family Pavilion and the historic building. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org. The Architecture Tour runs June through October.
Meet Me at the Museum
Tuesday, July 21, 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 or Paige@ArtzAlz.org. This tour takes place every third Tuesday of the month.
Tuesday, July 21, 12 p.m.
Take an in-depth look at the Crocker’s Southwestern pottery collection during this 30-minute tour. Learn fascinating details about a different gallery each month. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org. This tour takes place every third Tuesday of the month.
YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS
Fridays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
It’s summertime, so the Crocker kicks it up a notch with Family Friday! Join other families in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard for performances, playtime, and art-making inspired by children’s beloved books. Designed for a range of abilities and learning styles, Family Friday includes multisensory activities, creative fun, and a space for quiet time. Check crockerartmuseum.org for weekly themes and featured community organizations.Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Family Fridays take place every Friday through August 7. Family Friday is sponsored by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores.
Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Each month a different work of art in the galleries provides the inspiration for a memorable art-making activity for families with children ages 7 to 12. Families are welcome to drop in any time during the program. Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org. Art Blast takes place every second Saturday of the month.
Kids & Company Gallery Adventure
Sunday, July 19, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
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). Free for Museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org. This program takes place every first Saturday and third Sunday of the month. Kids & Company Gallery Adventure will not take place on Saturday, July 4.
Baby Loves Art
Tuesday, July 21, 10:30 – 11:30 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.
Sunday, July 26, 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 Takeover: An Art Jam by & for Youth
Thursday, July 30, 5 – 9 p.m.
What happens when teens take over the Crocker? Find out at the Crocker’s 3rd annual bash celebrating the art, vision, and culture of local youth. This program is offered in partnership with Sol Collective and Low En Theory Collaborative. Plot the takeover with us: #CrockerArt. Free for teens, free for Museum members, free with general admission for nonmembers. Admission prices are located at crockerartmuseum.org.
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 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.
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