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Crocker Art Museum Celebrates Black History Month With Free Family Festival

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Crocker Art Museum Celebrates Black History Month
With Free Family Festival
Activities and free admission sponsored by Target

Sacramento, Calif. – February 7, 2014 – On Monday, February 17, African American and African history come alive at the Crocker's annual Black History Month Celebration featuring live music and dance performances, fun hands-on learning, art activities, and Sacramento's one and only Black and Beautiful Community Marketplace.

Celebrating African and African American contributions to music, this fun and free celebration, will include a special tribute to The Jacksons by Studio T and Soul Train line dancing led by Tina B and Sacramento Soul Line Dancers. Acoustic Sanctuary's Winko Ljizz, OneManBand storyteller of Sacramento, will perform in his purple van at the entrance to the Museum and visitors are welcome to drop-in at the Trade Bead Workshop inside. In addition to a host of performances including the Harvey White Jr. Band and St. Gabriel's Celestial Band, Puppets & Motion will feature an encore performance of "An African Folktale" written by C.W. Hurni, and Sisters Quilting Collective will enact "A Quilted Story."

Presented in collaboration with the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum hosting Percussion Fun, the free Family Festival program takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Museum will be open and free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Holiday Monday. Free admission and activities are sponsored by Target.

For more information, visit crockerartmuseum.org or call (916) 808-7000.

The Crocker Art Museum was the first art museum in the Western U.S. and is one of the leading art museums in California today. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country's finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. 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.

Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer

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Illustrator, Landscapist, Visionary
Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer

Sacramento, Calif. – The Crocker Art Museum is proud to present Jules Tavernier: Artist and Adventurer, which will be on view February 16 through May 11, 2014.

An illustrator, landscapist, genre painter, and visionary, nineteenth-century artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889) was born in France but became one of the American West's foremost talents. Though his career was brief, his intense creative energy spawned unique works in a variety of media, including engraving, oil, watercolor, and pastel. In painting, he employed techniques ranging from densely layered glazes built up in the manner of the old masters to the swift, fresh brushwork popularized by France's Barbizon painters and, at times, the Impressionists.

In his own day, Tavernier's works broadened perceptions about what was considered paintable. The transcontinental illustrations he made with Paul Frenzeny brought images and details of the West into American parlors everywhere and resulted in iconic paintings of American Indian life. In Monterey, California, he discovered and advanced new subject matter, leading followers away from grand, sweeping vistas toward the more intimate and emotional portrayal of nature that he had learned in France. In San Francisco, his studio became a bohemian artistic center, and he helped to found and lead the city's arts organizations. In Hawaii, he broke new ground by painting volcanoes before passing away there at the age of 45.

Featuring nearly 100 works, the exhibition includes wood engravings that Tavernier created while on assignment for Harper's Weekly, as well as paintings of California's most beautiful settings, including many of Monterey where he founded the Peninsula's art colony. The exhibition also includes genre scenes, architectural views, and a visionary selection of the Volcano of Kilauea erupting at night. The exhibition is the first ever to be solely devoted to Tavernier's work.

Exhibition support is provided, in part, by a grant from the Historical Collections Council of California Art. Additional support provided by Susan McClatchy; Bonhams; Ron and Linda Borgman; Yvonne Boseker; Paula and Terry Trotter, Trotter Galleries; William A. Karges, Karges Fine Art; and Ron and Diane Miller.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue and features essays by Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., the Crocker's chief curator and associate director, Claudine Chalmers, Ph.D., and Alfred Harrison, Jr. The catalogue is supported, in part, by a grant from Furthermore: A Program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

After the Crocker Art Museum, the exhibition is traveling to the Monterey Museum of Art where it will be on view June 6 through October 5, 2014.

The Crocker Art Museum was the first art museum in the Western U.S. and remains one of the leading art museums in California today. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country's finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. 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.

2013 Annual Art and Antiques Show & Sale

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Annual Art and Antiques Show & Sale
To take place October 25-27 at the Scottish Rite Center, located at H Street and Carlson Drive

Sacramento, Calif. – September 25, 2013 – Since 1971, the Art and Antiques Show & Sale has been a local treasure where visitors can find collector items, from vintage jewelry to antique furniture and more, while supporting the exhibition and education programs of the Crocker Art Museum. Regional and national dealers will showcase one-of-a-kind wares and exceptional heirlooms at this year's annual Art and Antiques Show and Sale the weekend of October 25 through 27.

Bringing together a broad array of top-notch collectors and vendors, the event offers shoppers the unique experience to interact and consult with experts as they browse through antiques. Experienced specialists will also be on hand to answer appraisal and conservation questions. A silent auction and benefit drawing will run the entire weekend, and Ambrosia Café will make lunch available for purchase.

Run entirely by volunteers from the Art Service Group, an all-volunteer organization formed in 1963 to support the Crocker, will donate all the proceeds from the sale to the Museum. The Art and Antique Show & Sale will take place October 25 and 26 from 10 AM to 6 PM and on October 27 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Scottish Rite Center, located at H Street and Carlson Drive, across from the main entrance to Sacramento State. Parking is free of charge. General admission is $8. For more information, call (916) 807-0158 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.

 

The Crocker Art Museum was the first art museum in the Western U.S. and remains one of the leading art museums in California today. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country's finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. 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.

 

Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections

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Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections

Sacramento, Calif. – The Crocker Art Museum is proud to present Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California Collections, which will be on view January 26 through April 20, 2014. This is the first retrospective exhibition of Francis's work in Northern California since 1973.

This exhibition celebrates internationally acclaimed California native Sam Francis, one of the state's most historically significant artists. Featuring a colorful range of the artist's paintings and unique works on paper, this survey highlights different periods of the artist's oeuvre as represented in extraordinary public and private California collections, starting from the early works that the artist made in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1940s and leading up to the artist's influential and expansive body of work created between the 1950s and the 1990s. Represented are works made in the artist's California studios in Palo Alto, Point Reyes, Santa Monica, and Venice, as well as those made when Francis was living in New York, Switzerland, and Japan.

Born in June 1923 in San Mateo, Francis started his career in California but moved to France in 1950, and by 1956 he became one of the first post-World War II American painters to establish international attention. His works referenced and responded to; French Impressionism, California art of the 1930s and 40s, Abstract Expressionism, Chinese and Japanese scroll paintings, and Color Field Painting of the 1960s. The exhibition includes some of his smallest works, which measure three by two inches, as well as monumental murals over ten feet long.

An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and features dialogue on Francis and his work between the exhibition's co-curators: art historian Peter Selz, Ph.D., former curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Debra Burchett-Lere, the executive director and interim president of the
Sam Francis Foundation.

The exhibition is organized by the Crocker Art Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art in collaboration with the Sam Francis Foundation.

The Crocker Art Museum was the first art museum in the Western U.S. and remains one of the leading art museums in California today. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country's finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. 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.

Sky is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan

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Julie Heffernan's Fantastical Self-PortraitsCome to Life at the Crocker
Sky is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan
On view October 20, 2013 through January 26, 2014

Sacramento, Calif. – September 24, 2013 - The Crocker Art Museum is proud to present Sky is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan which will be on view October 20, 2013 through January 26, 2014. Drawn to the richness of Renaissance and Baroque painting, Julie Heffernan mines the landscape, still-life and portraiture of earlier centuries for her very contemporary mode of visual storytelling.

Known for her resplendent fantasies centered on self-portraits in various guises, Heffernan employs the refined technique, rich palette, and bountiful detail of historical European painting. In her work, these traditions are transformed into unexpected, seductive, and often anxious stories about self, society, and our imperiled environment. Heffernan's skillful fusion of historical styles evolves in a grand manner, filling large canvases. This exhibition of 15 recent oil paintings offers odysseys into her enigmatic worlds.

Heffernan's borrowings in combination with her own invention are uncanny, and like the interpretation of dreams, what is familiar can be elusive. The realistically rendered occupies invented realms, and strange phenomena occur in otherwise naturalistic backgrounds. The surprises or twists and turns she orchestrates serve to draw us into the visual space of the painting, much as a movie pulls us into the imagined world of the filmmaker.

More recently, environmental issues have preoccupied the artist, and her art expresses both unease and hope. Warnings and miracles commingle in the details, as is true of the painting Self-Portrait with Falling Sky. Amid a shower of boulders a carved figure of Ganesha—the destroyer of vanity, selfishness, and pride—suggests many meanings, but perhaps most importantly incriminates our hubris.

Heffernan, a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Yale University School of Art, has been featured in yearly group exhibitions around the country, and her work has garnered critical attention in numerous publications including Artforum, Art in America, Artnews, and The New York Times.

Organized by the Palo Alto Art Center, the works in this exhibition are lent from various Northern California collections.

The Crocker Art Museum was the first art museum in the Western U.S. and remains one of the leading art museums in California today. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country's finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. 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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