While at first glance the work of artist Sam Francis may seem chaotic and messy, a closer look reveals the balance and exquisite harmony of the colors, movement and shapes on the canvas. Both wild and delicate, bold and yet refined, his paintings contain all the complexity and conflict present in the concepts of tai chi, a Chinese martial art. Tai chi emphasizes the importance of finding a balance between opposing forces—yin and yang, hard and soft, masculine and feminine—to harness strength and improve health. Through this martial arts practice, Francis found inspiration.
To celebrate the display of Francis' work, the Crocker Art Museum is hosting a special tai chi night on March 20. To bring about a deeper understanding of Francis' work, the museum is offering a tai chi class hosted by local yoga and tai chi instructor Tara Stiles (not to be confused with the world-renowned Strala yoga instructor of the same name). Join Stiles in an introduction to this lesser-known martial art before taking a contemplative stroll through the Francis exhibit. For more information, see here.
What: Art in the Balance: Tai Chi in the Gallery
When: Thursday, March 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento
Cost: Members free, nonmembers free with admission