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During the reign of the Kushans (late 1st–3rd century ce), the earliest known Buddha images in India proper were created in Gandhara and in Mathura, where this relief was carved. The style of the Gandharan region reflected Greco-Roman influence, while the Mathuran sculptures followed pre-existing Indian sculptural tradition. While scholars have debated where the first Buddha images appeared, many now believe them to have been carved in Mathura. The figure depicted here is immediately identifiable as Maitreya, the future Buddha. Maitreya had a large cult following from an early period, largely because of the belief that one would proceed directly to Tushita heaven if born during the period of his coming as the next Buddha. Before achieving buddhahood, Maitreya (like all Buddhas) lives many lives, during which he is known as a bodhisattva. The Mahayana text, the Saddharma Pundarika sutra, explains that each future Buddha hears of his destiny from the preceding Buddha. Hence, it is to be understood that Maitreya is a figure who is in this life a bodhisattva and will one day be a Buddha; this carving includes aspects of both. Maitreya’s identifying characteristics as a bodhisattva are either a stupa (reliquary mound) in his headdress or a kamandalu (flask) in his hand. In the Kushan art of both Mathura and Gandhara, he is frequently depicted as a standing bodhisattva holding the kamandalu. In seated depictions from Mathura, where this sculpture was created, he sits in padmasana (full-lotus), as a Buddha would be seated, but he wears the royal clothing and bears the attributes of a bodhisattva. • [Unknown artist, Maitreya, 2nd century. Pink sandstone, 10 3/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. x 3 in. Crocker Art Museum Purchase from the William P. & Edith E. Cleary Fund] • #ArtOfTheDay #CrockerArt #Sacramento #Art #California #Art #Maitreya #Buddha #BuddhistArt #India #IndianArt #ArtsOfIndia
Don't miss "Matewan", part of our film series Work, Struggle & Emancipation! 🎞 Written and directed by John Sayles (Lone Star), Matewan tells the true story of a 1920s coal miners’ strike that turned violent in the West Virginia town of Matewan. Starring Chris Cooper in his film debut and James Earl Jones – whose performance “practically glows in the dark” (Variety) – Matewan offers stirring storytelling with themes that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago. [1987, 142 MINUTES, PG-13] 🎟 "Matewan" Thursday, March 7 6:30 PM • $8 Members • $16 Nonmembers 🎨 The prints of Jacob Lawrence displayed in the new exhibition History, Labor, Life, offer compelling imagery of historical struggles for freedom as well as snapshots of everyday life for blue-collar Americans. For this new film series, we take inspiration from the artist and present four films that bring into focus the issues faced by working-class people seeking to live the American dream.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, draw inspiration from artist Betye Saar as you discover color complements, tints, and shades. After experimenting with color mixing and techniques, students will paint an acrylic work on canvas and collage their painting. Collage and Acrylic Painting for Beginners Two Tuesdays, March 5 & 12 Ages 18+ 6 - 8:30 PM • $55 members • $70 nonmembers - per session
A writer, muralist, designer, decorator, and landscape painter, Bruce Porter spent most of his career in San Francisco. Like other painters of his era, he moved away from the previous generation’s spectacular scenery to more personal and domesticated settings that conveyed “hidden and mysterious . . . spiritual qualities and impulses.” The shift was partly due to the influence of French Barbizon painting, but additionally to Porter’s close association with other California Tonalists, including Arthur Mathews, William Keith, and his close friend Arthur Atkins. It was also a response to industrialization and a rapidly growing population. George Perkins Marsh’s 1864 book Man and Nature, the title of Porter’s painting, helped launch the conservation movement by promoting a concern about the adverse effects of human activities on the landscape. In this painting, through the title and a tiny figure of a nude man, Porter contemplates humanity’s place within the environment. Born in San Francisco, Porter grew up in Martinez and received his art training in San Francisco and Europe. In 1893, he designed stained glass for San Francisco’s Swedenborgian church, an icon of Arts and Crafts architecture, and became a leader of Northern California’s Arts and Crafts movement. Arts and Crafts ideals of hand craftsmanship and subtle, natural harmonies inspired the simple forms and quiet colors of his paintings. • [Bruce Porter (American, 1865–1953), Man and Nature, 1903. Oil on canvas, 20 in. x 24 in. Crocker Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Jeffry Mann and Mr. Jerry Hollister] • #ArtOfTheDay #CrockerArt #Sacramento #Art #California #Art #CaliforniaArt #Painting
“Modern day troubadour Quique Escamilla makes music that comes straight from the soul. The stories he tells are the stories we need to hear; socially and politically conscious lyrics paired with exceptional musicianship. He’s a unique talent who holds to the traditions of heavyweights like Bob Marley and Manu Chao. Quique is really one to watch!” – Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio Canada. 🌎 Singer, songwriter, and producer Quique Escamilla is fast becoming a star in Canada, where he won the 2015 Juno Award for World Music Album of the Year. Fusing musical traditions of his homeland (Chiapas, Mexico) with the modern styles of rock, ska, reggae, cumbia, and bolero, Quique’s passionate vocals, powerful messages, and dynamic performances connect and inspire audiences worldwide. 🎟 Global Rhythms: Quique Escamilla Thursday, February 28 6:30 PM • $10 Members • $20 Nonmembers 🎼 Upcoming performances in our new Global Rhythms series: • Baba Ken & The Nigerian Brothers - March 28 • Quarteto Nuevo - April 25
Cornelis Lelienbergh worked as a still-life painter in the Hague and became a member of the guild of Saint Luke at age 20. He married into an art-dealing family three years later. His still lifes had precedents in earlier Netherlandish art, for example in the butcher-shop still lifes of Pieter Aertsen, but included other types such as hunting pieces. These may be drawn from his own catches because he was a member of a civic militia and must have owned guns. Lelienbergh became a founding member of one of the oldest civic artists’ associations in the Netherlands, the Confrerie Pictura, in 1656. Ten years later, he was called to serve at the fort of Moerspeuy (now Moerspui) in the southern Netherlands. He did not give up painting, however, and continued supplying a ready market with his closely studied nature canvases into the 1670s. This painting of an old woman selling vegetables is unfinished, with the background primed and painted a neutral color, while the onions are done in polished detail. • [Cornelis Lelienbergh (Dutch, 1626–1676), The Fruit and Vegetable Vendor, n.d. Oil on canvas, 19 11/16 in. x 27 9/16 in. (50 cm x 70 cm), Crocker Art Museum, E. B. Crocker Collection, 1872.368] • #ArtOfTheDay #CrockerArt #Sacramento #Art #California #Art #NationalCabbageDay
Now on view, "The Roaming Eye: International Street Photography from the Ramer Collection", through May 12, 2019! Street photography came into existence nearly two centuries ago, alongside the invention of some of the earliest cameras. Since then, the genre has evolved in style, scope, and technique due largely to technological advancements, most notably the portable 35mm camera and, today, the ubiquitous smartphone. Street photographers from around the world have captured humanity in vivid scenes that express our commonalities as well as our differences, producing tangible documents that give us a glimpse of ourselves.Despite its name, street photography does not necessitate the street as a backdrop or people as the subject. Closely related to documentary photography, the genre encompasses a spectrum of compelling images — usually taken in public spaces — that reveal something about the subject or stir emotion in the viewer. Drawn from the collection of Lois and Dr. Barry Ramer, "The Roaming Eye" features more than 70 photographs by approximately 40 photographers. 📷 [Liu Zheng (Chinese,born 1969), Nightclub Dancers, Beijing, printed 2006. Gelatin silver print, image: 14 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches. Collection of Lois and Dr. Barry Ramer ©Liu Zheng. • John Bulmer (British, born 1938), Black Country 011, Divided Street, 1961. Gelatin Silver Print, image: 10 3/4x 12 7/8inches. Collection of Lois and Dr. Barry Ramer © John Bulmer. • Lise Sarfati, Elisabeth, Sunset Boulevard and North Poinsettia, 2010. C-print, image: 15 3/4 x 23 1/4inches. Collection of Lois and Dr. Barry Ramer © Lise Sarfati. • Lewis Hine (American, 1874–1940), Child Picking Cotton, 1908/1920s. Gelatin silver print, image: 4 3/4x 6 3/4inches. Collection of Lois and Dr. Barry Ramer.]
The title "Pudica" refers to the "Venus Pudica," a classical pose in Western art in which a nude female figure covers her private parts with her hands. The artist explains, "There's a lot of strings of connection to the Latinx experience growing up with religion and being ashamed about sex and bodies." Inspired by a photo of her grandfather when he was young, Sanchez describes his stance as a shielding pose that in a modern context, signals "a machismo that develops as an armor against the outside." Born in Pasadena, Sanchez attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and now lives in Los Angeles. • [Gabriela Sanchez (@_gabriella_sanchez) (American, born 1988), Pudica, 2018. Acrylic, oil pastel, and pencil on canvas. Crocker Art Museum, gift of an anonymous donor.] • #ArtOfTheDay #CrockerArt #Sacramento #Art #California #Art #LatinxArt
“Field trip! Had a great time exploring and learning about the collection at the Crocker Art Museum in our neighboring city of Sacramento this last weekend. Join us at our next meeting to learn more about upcoming trips and activities! As always, we meet weekly on Wednesdays at noon in Everson Room 148.” 📷 @arthistoryclubucd 🎨 Jamie Vasta (@javaisteam), Desposizione, 1602 (The Entombment of Christ), 2010. Glitter on panel, 84 in. x 60 in. Crocker Art Museum. #CrockerArt #art #arthistory #universityofcalifornia #ucdavis #californiaart #sacramento #davis #college #campusclubs
Though very much a sculpture, this girl appears lifelike enough to move at any moment. Wide eyes, flushed cheeks, raised shoulders, cocked head, and locked knees all convey the discomfort she feels. Not only does this display of bodily tension convey an innate social awkwardness, the articulation of every fold and freckle lends the clay with which she was created the appearance of real flesh. Toland uses clay to capture facial and bodily expressions that mirror the wonders, pleasures insecurities, and fears of the human condition. "It's the vulnerability of humanity I am after," she explains. "That is my reason for choosing very old or very young subjects." Notice the subtle commentary on the comfort that food offers, as well as the guilt that goes with it. • [Tip Toland (American, born 1950), Wall Flower, 2011. Stoneware, with paint, pastel, and synthetic hair; wood and wall paper Crocker Art Museum, gift of Barbara and William Hyland, Monterey, California, 2014.45 ] • #ArtOfTheDay #CrockerArt #Sacramento #Art #California #Art #SinglesAwarenessDay
Nationally known printmaker, Emily Wilson, will discuss the printmaking process and how materials and methods can inform ideas. She will also talk about the collaborative nature of the printmaking community and the many ways the spirit of sharing inspires new processes and techniques. Wilson will show her own work, including intaglio prints that explore themes of social norms and groupings within communities. She creates a visual dialogue between the abstract and the concrete with imagery derived from nature. 🎟 Kingsley Art Club Lecture: Printmaker Emily Wilson Wednesday, February 20 1:15 PM $8 Members $5 Students/youth $12 Nonmembers For tickets, head to crockerart.org and go to TOURS & TALKS in our event calendar now! 📷 [Image by the Women's Studio Workshop]
TONIGHT! #ArtMix JOY! Experience the infectious music of Planet Booty, a Bay Area-based band spreading positivity, delight, and booty shaking up and down the West Coast! 🌎🍑 DJ Lady Char and the gang from Sacramento Comedy Spot will keep you smiling, the Midtown Moxies burlesque, and Sac Dance Lab will spark excitement, and joyful revelers looking for enlightenment can sample sound healing or our Love Tour. Sponsored by Submerge Magazine. 🎧💃🏾🕺🏻🎨 Enjoy $6 drink specials all night from the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club! 🍸🥪🍪 Don't forget to pick up a memento or two in our #CrockerStore! Featured: Love Poems $14.95 Assorted Greeting Cards (Prices vary) Gregory Kondos Heart Card $4.50 (Local Artist) Tim Lazer Heart $44 (Local Artist) ❤️ The Crocker Store is always free to visit, and members get 10% off! Open during Museum hours only.
Thomas Willeboirts was born in the town of Bergen-op-Zoom in the southern Netherlands but spent most of his working life in Antwerp. From 1628, he was in the city studying under Gerard Seghers, one of the painters who brought the tenebrist style of Caravaggio to the Low Countries. In 1637, he became a citizen and a master in the painter’s guild, after which he visited Germany, Spain, and Italy in a three-year study trip. During his time in Spain, Willeboirts is thought to have been one of the many artists who collaborated with Peter Paul Rubens on the decoration of the Torre de la Parada, a hunting retreat for Philip IV, though nothing survives of his work there. In 1641, the Stadhouder Frederik Hendrik of Orange, a major patron in the Northern Netherlands, sponsored his return to the Low Countries. For the next six years, Frederik Hendrik kept him busy with 17 canvases depicting subjects drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, including Venus and Adonis, the subject of the painting shown here. In his work under Frederik Hendrik, Willeboirts shows the influence of Rubens’s pupil Anthony van Dyck. This patronage continued after Frederik Hendrik’s death in 1647 through his widow Amalia van Solms. The artist, whose production included cartoons for tapestries and print designs, died in 1654. • [Thomas Willeboirts (Flemish, 1614-1654), Venus and Adonis, n.d. Oil on canvas, 67 in. x 46 in. (170.18 cm x 116.84 cm), Crocker Art Museum, E. B. Crocker Collection, 1872.418] ❤️ #ArtOfTheDay #CrockerArt #Sacramento #Art #California #Art #ValentinesDay #HappyValentinesDay