Expanded Crocker Art Museum Opening on October 10, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Architect Charles Gwathmey’s Last Major Museum Completed Installation of Permanent Collections and Inaugural Exhibitions Underway 125,000-Square-Foot Teel Family Pavilion Will Triple Museum's Size and Significantly Enhance Public Programming Sacramento, CA – June 4, 2010 – The Crocker Art Museum has completed construction of a 125,000-square-foot expansion designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (GSAA). Opening to the public on October 10, 2010, the Teel Family Pavilion will more than triple the Museum’s current size and enhance its role as a cultural resource for California and the state’s many visitors. One of GSAA co-founder Charles Gwathmey's last major public projects, the Crocker Art Museum expansion complements the 125-year-old Museum’s historic structures, which include one of the first purpose-built art museum buildings in the United States. Nearly $92 million has been raised towards the Crocker Art Museum’s $100 million capital campaign goal. GSAA Associate Partner Gerald Gendreau, who has worked on the design since its inception, oversaw completion of the building. In anticipation of the fall opening, the Museum has begun moving works of art from its permanent collection—many of which have never been on public view before—into the new space. To facilitate the installation process and the transition of operations to the Teel Family Pavilion, the Crocker will be closed to the public from June 7 until its opening on October 10. The free opening day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will include activities, performances, and entertainment for children, families, and adults. The day's activities will also celebrate Sacramento's arts community at large, with participation by local and regional arts organizations and artists. “Works of art can link people together across boundaries of time, and culture, and world views—the ability to have a personal or shared encounter with art is a critical aspect of vibrant civic life,” said Lial A. Jones, Director of the Crocker Art Museum. “California’s Central Valley has one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most diverse communities, and with our expansion we are increasing our ability to serve those communities, strengthen the civic fabric, and draw cultural travelers to Sacramento.” “Having been a part of this project since master planning first began, it’s been tremendously exciting to watch the building take shape, and now to see construction complete,” said project architect Gerald Gendreau. “The design for the new Crocker Art Museum is about adding to the urban collage—complementing the historic Art Gallery building, tying to the green space that fronts the Museum, even engaging travelers on the adjacent highway—all while giving the Museum flexible spaces for growth now and into the future.” In addition to extensive new galleries for temporary exhibitions and the display of the Crocker’s permanent collection, the Teel Family Pavilion will include expanded educational and art studio space, an education resource center, a space for participatory arts programming for children and adults, an expanded library, and new student exhibition space. The Anne and Malcolm McHenry Works on Paper Study Center will greatly improve access for visiting scholars and students studying the Crocker’s outstanding master drawings collection. The expansion will also provide space for onsite collections care and storage as well as a new conservation lab. New public amenities, including a 260-seat auditorium, a café with indoor and outdoor seating, and a redesigned Crocker Art Museum Store, are also being added. The first floor will be open to the public free of charge and free Wi-Fi will be available. Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects’ design strategy for the expansion is to establish a new architectural icon for the Museum and Sacramento, a structure that both complements the Museum’s original Victorian Italianate Art Gallery building and engages with the surrounding cityscape. By placing the addition on a due north/south axis, rather than in line with the street grid and Crocker’s existing structures, GSAA’s design creates a dynamic and harmonious collage of new and historic architecture. Inside, the Teel Family Pavilion galleries are directly connected to the Art Gallery building, allowing for fluid movement between the new and existing spaces and joining the complex together into an integrated whole. Collection and Inaugural Exhibitions The Teel Family Pavilion’s extensive new galleries, totaling nearly 45,000 square feet, will allow the Crocker to exhibit significantly more of its permanent collection, which has grown by more than 5,000 objects in the past decade. The Museum’s inaugural exhibitions will focus on showcasing its current collection and promised gifts, in collecting areas including California Impressionism, California Abstract Expressionism, Asian art, and ceramics. The Crocker will also debut two new collections: African and Oceanic art. Pieces from the extensive collections donated to the Museum by sculptor Loet Vanderveen and Miep and Philip Palmer, including massive bis poles, Asmat shields, and African masks, will be displayed in the first floor Friedman Court and a dedicated second-floor gallery in the Teel Family Pavilion. Other key areas of the Crocker Art Museum’s collection include: Contemporary paintings, sculpture, and multi-media works; a comprehensive collection of California art dating from the Gold Rush to the present day; exceptional holdings of master drawings; Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries; and 19th-century Central and Northern European paintings. To celebrate its 125th anniversary and the opening of the Teel Family Pavilion, the Crocker has compiled the first comprehensive catalogue of its collection. Edited by Chief Curator Scott A. Shields, Ph.D., the hardcover volume will feature more than 500 color illustrations, as well as accompanying essays. The Crocker Art Museum will present a series of special exhibitions to celebrate its opening, among them Wayne Thiebaud: Homecoming, a new retrospective of the work of Sacramento’s most famous artist, who held his first solo exhibition at the Crocker nearly 60 years ago. The exhibition, which coincides with the artist’s 90th birthday, includes 75 paintings and drawings from throughout Thiebaud’s career. Other inaugural exhibitions include: Tomorrow’s Legacies: Gifts Celebrating the Next 125 Years; A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum; and The Vase and Beyond: The Sidney Swidler Collection of Ceramics. The works of Paul Jenkins, Gottfried Helnwein, and John Buck will be featured in exhibitions opening in the winter of 2011. In summer 2011, the Crocker will present A Summer of Impressionism, with works by renowned French and American artists showcased in exhibitions alongside works by California Impressionists, one of the central strengths of the Crocker’s permanent collection. Crocker Art Museum History Judge Edwin B. and Margaret Crocker commissioned the construction of a Victorian-Italianate building to serve as a gallery for their art collection in 1869, a year before the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Art, and a decade before the founding the Art Institute of Chicago. The Crocker Art Gallery was one of the first purpose-built art museums in the United States. In 1885, Margaret Crocker presented both the building and collection to the city as a public art museum. While the Crocker Art Museum had undertaken a series of renovations and additions since it first opened as a public museum 125 years ago, the facility could not keep pace with the Museum’s burgeoning collection and the growing population of Sacramento and California's Central Valley Region. In 2000, the Crocker began a master planning process with Gwathmey Siegel & Associates and in 2002 commissioned the firm to design a major expansion of the Museum. City of Sacramento Founded in the early years of the Gold Rush, Sacramento became the capital of California in 1854. In 2009, Sacramento was cited as one of America’s 10 favorite cities by the Pew Research Center. Greater Sacramento, with a population of 2.1 million, is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Located at the intersection of the American and the Sacramento rivers in California’s Central Valley, the City of Sacramento offers a cosmopolitan convergence of old and new, from notable historical sites to a vibrant cultural and civic life. Sacramento features a range of museums, art galleries, and performing arts organizations, including the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sacramento Opera, the Sacramento Ballet, California Musical Theatre, B Street Theatre, and the Sacramento Theatre Company, as well as the California State Railroad Museum and the California Museum of History, Women, and the Arts. The city’s award-winning restaurants highlight local produce and wines from the surrounding region, including nearby Amador and El Dorado Counties, an area poised to rival the Napa Valley. In Old Sacramento, a 28-acre town of historic buildings just two blocks from the Crocker, visitors can immerse themselves in the city’s early history. The tree-lined American River Parkway, running along a 23-mile stretch of that river, provides equestrians, joggers and cyclists a place to enjoy one of the region’s many natural attractions. Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects Founded in 1968, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects is a New York-based firm offering master planning, architectural, interior and product design services. GSAA has completed over four hundred projects for cultural, educational, healthcare, corporate, government, and private clients throughout the United States and abroad. The firm has an international reputation for its work and is the winner of more than 100 design awards. The firm’s designs have been featured in numerous exhibitions and histories of contemporary architecture. Gwathmey Siegel & Associates received the American Institute of Architects' highest honor—the Firm Award—for "approaching every project with a fresh eye, a meticulous attention to detail, a keen appreciation for environmental and economic concerns and a strong belief in collaborative effort." The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. The Museum is closed to the public for renovation from June 7 through October 9, 2010. For more information, please call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org. # # # Media Contact: Robin Koltenuk Media: (916) 808-1963 Public: (916) 808-7000 216 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814 www.crockerartmuseum.org


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