Crocker Art Museum MAY 2011 Exhibitions & Events

Transcending Vision: American Impressionism, 1870-1940
May 14 – September 25, 2011
Featuring 125 works drawn from the Bank of America Collection, “Transcending Vision” traces the development of Impressionism in the United States and the growth of a truly American style of painting.

John Buck: Iconography
Through May 15, 2011
John Buck’s vivid and enigmatic prints and wood sculptures seduce with color but are also filled with thought-provoking and whimsical details.

Daniel Douke: Bytes of Reality
Through July 17, 2011
Southern California artist Daniel Douke responds to everyday experience by rendering the transient packaging of consumer products – particularly the box.

The Photosynthetic Restaurant: Gourmet Sunlight for Plants as Catered by Jonathon Keats
Through July 17, 2011
Jonathon Keats, a conceptual artist, fabulist, and critic, has developed a gourmet cuisine for the world’s first photosynthetic restaurant, premiering in the front garden of the Crocker Art Museum.

Meaning and Medium: High School Student Self-Portrait Show
Through July 10, 2011
This exhibition explores the diversity of media in art, including photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Pieces on display include work from various Sacramento-area high schools.

Thursday, May 5, Noon
Thursday, May 19, Noon
Lunch & Learn
Join us for an in-depth 30-minute talk about a work of art on view. Eduardo Carrillo’s “Las Tropicanas” will be discussed on May 5, and the topic will be Jamini Roy’s “Baby Krishna” on May 19. Participants are encouraged to enjoy lunch at the Crocker Cafe before or after the talks. Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m.
Film Frame: “Bicycle Dreams”
(2009, 104 minutes)
Considered the most challenging sporting event in the world, The Race Across America is an epic 3,000-mile bicycle race from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The fundamental goal of the race is simply to finish – a challenge half of all riders fail to meet. Filmmaker Stephen Auerbach will participate in a post-screening Q&A. Purchase tickets at, the Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. $6 members, $12 nonmembers. Film Frame is part of the program series Thursdays ’til 9. Sponsored by Bank of America.

Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Sundays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Art Q & A
Discover the essence of the art on view in tours that emphasize looking, conversation, and group interaction. Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, May 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
ASG Evaluation Day
The Art Service Group will sponsor an antique appraisal session focusing on paintings with Jim and Karen Alkons, and gold, silver, coins, currency, antique photographs, and daguerreotypes with Doug Scougale. Informal appraisals are $10 per item or $45 for five items. Appointments are available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and reservations are required. For an appointment, call (916) 808-7752.

Thursday, May 12, 5-9 p.m.
Art Mix: Bicycle Film Festival Launch Party
Kick off the Bicycle Film Festival and the Amgen Tour of California. The Crocker’s courtyards will come alive with bike art, a bicycle fix-it workshop, and a no-host BBQ. Bicycle valet service will be provided. Free with Museum admission. Art Mix is part of the program series Thursdays ’til 9. Sponsored by Bank of America.

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.
Art Appetizers
On Second Saturdays, start your evening at the Crocker with a tour of the Museum’s most recent exhibitions. This is a 50-minute experience designed to fulfill your art cravings. Free with Museum admission.

Tuesday, May 17, 5:30 p.m.
Lecture Series: Color Transformations in Impressionism – On the Canvas
In the second of this three-part lecture series, Dr. John S. Werner, Distinguished Professor, UC Davis Eye Center, examines the science of color as it was understood during the Age of Impressionism, and how the aging or ailing eye experiences color. The topic for the third lecture on Tuesday, June 14, will be “Across the Life Span.” Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.
Playlist: Tom Rigney & Flambeau
Playlist moves outside to the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard for the summer. Tom Rigney and Flambeau offer up fiery Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, and funky New Orleans grooves. Purchase tickets at, the Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. $6 members, $12 nonmembers. Playlist is part of the program series Thursdays ’til 9. Sponsored by Bank of America.

Saturday, May 21, 9:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.
Teacher Workshop: Creative Writing
Developed in conjunction with Sierra North Arts Project, this workshop will examine the relationship between creative writing and the visual arts. Sculptor and public artist, Sam Tubiolo will facilitate. Purchase tickets at, the Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1987. $25 members, $30 nonmembers.

Sunday, May 22, 3 p.m.
Classical Concert: Sacramento Saturday Club Presents
Works by American Impressionist composer Charles Griffes will be performed by flautist Maquette Kuper, vocalists Rona Commins, James Gentry, and Rufina Jones, and pianist John Cozza. The Zephyr Wind Quintet will also perform. Purchase tickets at, the Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.

Thursday, May 26, 6-9 p.m.
Big Names, Small Art
Music, artist demonstrations, a good time, and a great cause. Join us for a silent auction party featuring the work of “Big Name” regional artists. Each “Small Art” work measures in at 12 inches or less. Bidding starts at the small price of $25. Purchase tickets online or at the Admission Desk. Free to members, $15 nonmembers.

Monday, May 30, 12-2 p.m.
Jazz in Animation
Using clips from classics like “Betty Boop” to contemporary features like “The Princess and the Frog,” animation expert Jerry Beck and jazz authority Joe Gilman will take a melodic journey through cinematic history. Presented in conjunction with the annual Jazz Festival and Jubilee. The Museum will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission is free.

Monday, May 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Holiday Monday – Memorial Day
The Crocker continues its Holiday Monday series with a day of special programs. From the multi-media presentation “Jazz in Animation” to an open art workshop inspired by the American flag, as seen in artworks by Childe Hassam, Faith Ringgold, and Jasper Johns, there is something for all ages and interests. Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission is free.

Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18 & 25, 11 a.m.
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself to this gallery-based art activity for children ages three to five. This is a family program and space is limited. Signup begins at 10 a.m. on the day of the event at the Museum Admission Desk. Free with Museum admission. This program is funded by the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

Tuesday, May 10, 12-2 p.m.
Homeschool Day
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the Museum regularly for thematic gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. Advance registration is suggested. For pricing specifics and registration, visit or call (916) 808-1182.

Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m.
Sunday, May15, 11 a.m.
Drop, Yak, Splat! A Museum Adventure for Families
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a memorable gallery experience for families and children of all ages. Sign up begins one hour before the start time. Free with Museum admission.

Sunday, May 15, 1-3 p.m.
Opening Reception: Meaning and Medium – High School Student Self-Portrait Show
See the exhibition “Meaning and Medium,” and meet the artists who have explored portraiture through fresh eyes.

Tuesday, May 17, 10:30 a.m.
Baby Loves Art – Over the Rainbow
An entertaining and interactive way for children ages three and under and their caregivers to experience the educational stimulation that the visual arts can provide. Advance registration is required. To register, call (916) 808-5499 or email [email protected] Free with Museum admission. This program is funded by the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

The Crocker Art Museum is one of the leading art institutions in California. Established in 1885, the Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events, and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African and Oceanic artworks. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday–Sunday. Every Third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Bank of America. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit

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