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Crocker Art Museum Launches Thursdays ‘til 9
New weekly series presents arts experiences with a twist
November 19, 2010 – Sacramento, Calif. – The Crocker Art Museum has launched a new suite of weekly programs entitled Thursdays ‘til 9. Every Thursday until 9 p.m., the new evening series offers visitors a chance to explore the many forms of art.
“Thursdays ‘til 9 lets visitors choose what kind of art experience they want to have—whether through film, music, social gatherings, or hands-on experiences,” said Christian Adame, manager of life-long learning at the Crocker Art Museum.
On the first Thursday of the month, the Crocker presents Film Frame, a series featuring screenings of films from classic to contemporary. Screenings are introduced by directors, filmmakers, scholars, and film enthusiasts, and include discussions and interactive programming. Presented in collaboration with local festivals and organizations, films will relate to the Crocker’s exhibitions and collections as well as relevant issues in film, art, and society. Film Frame evenings also include in-gallery tours and activities. In the coming months, visitors can look forward to screenings of “Cleophas and His Own,” a film about American painter and poet Marsden Hartley; “Untitled,” a comic take on the state of contemporary art; the short films of Northern California-based directors Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck; and “The Silence of Innocence,” a documentary on artist Gottfried Helnwein, who is the subject of a career-spanning survey at the Crocker from January 29 through April 24, 2011.
Art Mix, presented on the second Thursday of each month, will focus on a new aspect of the Crocker’s collections or special exhibitions in a social environment. Expect to hear the latest great local band or DJ, sip a specialty cocktail from the Crocker Cafe, and dive into live art demonstrations, short films, interactive installations, photo shoots, special in-gallery tours and spotlight talks. Upcoming Art Mix events feature performances by DJ Rated R, Sea of Bees, Sacramento Sizzling Sirens Burlesque Experience, DJ Mike Colossal, Sister Crayon, and The New Humans.
The Crocker broadens its musical horizons with Playlist, a new concert series on the third Thursday of the month. The series will highlight local, regional, and national performers from various musical genres, including blues, reggae, indie, folk, country, bluegrass, rock, hip hop, and world music. The Crocker’s popular Third Thursday Jazz Summer Concert Series will return as part of Playlist with outdoor performances from May through September featuring sounds that run the spectrum of traditional to modern jazz. Concert-goers can look forward to hearing the dark sounds of California-based Chelsea Wolfe, funk and soul by The Nibblers, a Gottfried Helnwein-inspired composition by Vox Musica, and the velvety-rich vocals of singer-songwriter Kate Gaffney.
On the fourth Thursday of each month, the Crocker will host Open Art, a series of discussions on the arts and current events co-presented with a community arts organization. Open Art will kick off in January 2011 and feature guest speakers, special performances, social gatherings, and interactive experiences. Featured partners include Movies on a Big Screen, and CORE Dance Collective.
Thursdays ‘til 9 is presented by Bank of America. Tickets for each program can be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org or the Museum Admission Desk.
FILM FRAME (First Thursday)
Thursday, Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m.
Film Frame: “Cleophas and His Own – A North Atlantic Tragedy” (2009, 120 minutes)
While living with a Nova Scotia family in the mid-1930’s, American painter and poet Marsden Hartley suffered a great personal loss that would affect his painting for the last seven years of his life. This is Hartley’s story in his own words – a story of love, secret devotion and sexual passion. There will be an introduction and discussion with film director Michael Maglaras. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets at crockerartmuseum.org or the Admission Desk. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.
Thursday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m.
Film Frame: “Untitled” (2009, 96 minutes)
A fashionable contemporary art gallerist in New York falls for a brooding new music composer in “Untitled,” a comic take on the state of contemporary art. “Untitled” stars Adam Goldberg, Marley Shelton, Vinnie Jones and Eion Bailey. Director Jonathan Parker will introduce the film and lead a post-screening Q&A. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets at crockerartmuseum.org or the Museum Admission Desk. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.
Thursday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.
Film Frame: The Short Films of Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
Enjoy three short films—“Ella and the Astronaut,” “Charlie and the Rabbit”, and “Helen”—exploring youth, imagination, and reality by Northern California-based directors Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck. Directors Machoian and Beck will introduce and discuss the films. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets at crockerartmuseum.org or the Museum Admission Desk. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.
Thursday, Mar. 3, 6 p.m.
Film Frame: “The Silence of Innocence—The Artist Gottfried Helnwein” (2009, 116 minutes)
Filmmaker Claudia Schmid accompanied artist Gottfried Helnwein for two years and observed him in various creative processes at his home in Ireland and his studio in Los Angeles. This documentary provides a sensitive insight into the artistic process and into the artist’s personal environment. There will be a post-film discussion with Jesse Drew, associate professor of technocultural studies at UC Davis, artist Ianna Frisby, and Elaine O’Brien, professor of modern and contemporary art history and criticism at CSU Sacramento. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets at crockerartmuseum.org or the Museum Admission Desk. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.
ART MIX (Second Thursday)
Thursday, Dec. 9, 5-9 p.m.
Art Mix: Art in the Dark
Explore the darker side of the season with art events throughout the Crocker inspired by the use of light and shadow in the master drawings exhibition “A Pioneering Collection.” Enjoy beats by DJ Rated R, contemporary dance from CORE Dance Collective, life drawing with models, spotlight talks, and a screening of the 1964 vampire classic, “The Last Man on Earth,” presented by Movies on a Big Screen. Free with Museum admission.
Thursday, Jan. 13, 5-9 p.m.
Art Mix: I Hear the Color
Be inspired by the sensuous abstractions and vibrant colors found in the work of Paul Jenkins. Wear white and get “dressed” by local artists, make your own kaleidoscope, take the color swatch tour in the galleries, learn about color theory and optics with photographer Douglas Dertinger, play with color filters at the Beatnik photo studio, draw to music, and enjoy a live concert from Sea of Bees. Free with Museum admission.
Thursday, Feb. 10, 5-9 p.m.
Art Mix: Love & Lust
Art Mix celebrates all that’s hot in February. Write love letters and poems with the Sacramento Poetry Center, take the “Couples in the Collection” tour, hear from a panel of local artists what “turns them on,” take in a performance from the Sacramento Sizzling Sirens Burlesque Experience, and enjoy all-night beats from DJ Mike Colossal. Free with Museum admission.
Thursday, Mar. 10, 5-9 p.m.
Art Mix: Gray Matter
Art Mix says farewell to “Inferno of the Innocents” with a collaborative art project. Participants are invited to explore themes of inhumanity, violence, and exploitation by distressing and altering photographic portraits to create a community mural. Learn how to look at contemporary art with curator Diana Daniels, then get lost in the dark and dreamy sounds of Sister Crayon, who will perform in a joint concert with The New Humans. Free with Museum admission.
PLAYLIST (Third Thursday)
Thursday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.
Playlist: Chelsea Wolfe Performs
Explore the dark sound of California-based Chelsea Wolfe, who will perform songs from her LP “The Grime and the Glow,” released in August on the Pendu Sound label, as well as new material from a forthcoming release. Purchase tickets at crockerartmuseum.org or the Admission Desk. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.
Thursday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m.
Playlist: The Nibblers Perform
The Nibblers are a seven-piece funk and soul band quickly garnering buzz with explosive live shows and a set list that forgoes the often overplayed soul music of yesteryear. Purchase tickets at crockerartmuseum.org or the Museum Admission Desk. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.
Thursday, Feb. 17, 6 PM
Playlist: Vox Musica Performs
Vox Musica, a 12-voiced women’s ensemble, will perform “Dreams of Innocence,” a new work by Vox Musica director Daniel Paulson that incorporates select texts from Gottfried Helnwein’s memoirs. Purchase tickets at crockerartmuseum.org or the Museum Admission Desk. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.
Thursday, Mar. 17, 6 p.m.
Playlist: Kate Gaffney Performs
With velvety rich vocals and fresh and honest lyrics, Gaffney blends a sound steeped in classic roots rock with a dash of folk sweetness. Kate will be joined by guitarist Steve Randall. Purchase tickets at crockerartmuseum.org or the Museum Admission Desk. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.
Open Art (Fourth Thursday)
Thursday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.
Open Art: “House” (1977, 87 minutes)
Too absurd to be terrifying, too nightmarish to be merely comic, “House” traces a girl’s encounters with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. This cult classic in-the-making is presented by Movies on a Big Screen. The film is unrated and shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Under 18 requires accompanying parent or guardian. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.
Open Art: The Africanist Aesthetic in Performing & Visual Arts—A Talk by Dr. Halifu Osumare
From the aesthetics of African textiles to the styles of U.S. hip-hop and Ghanian hiplife, Dr. Halifu Osumare will share themes that demonstrate a connection between traditional and contemporary cultures as explored in her book “The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves.” Dr. Osumare is an associate professor of African American and African Studies at UC Davis. This talk is presented in collaboration with The Kuumba Collective Art Gallery and the Sacramento chapter of Links, Inc. Free with Museum admission.
Thursday, Mar. 24, 7 p.m.
Open Art: CORE Dance Collective World Premiere of “Silent Noise”
CORE Dance Collective, a professional contemporary dance company based in the Sacramento region, is comprised of performance artists with diverse dance backgrounds. Don’t miss the world premiere of “Silent Noise,” an original composition based on the art of Gottfried Helnwein. $15 members, $25 nonmembers.
The Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and is one of the leading art institutions in Northern California. 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., Thursdays; 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 crockerartmuseum.org.