The Crocker Art Museum, which has been closed since March 17 due to the pandemic, reopened this past Friday, inviting visitors with advance ticket reservations in to experience the permanent collection (which spans five continents and more than 4,000 years) and three new exhibitions. It is open four days a week: Thursday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Every third Sunday of the month remains Pay What You Wish Sunday, sponsored by Western Health Advantage.
“Opening the Crocker’s doors is an important signal for Sacramento,” says Lial A. Jones, the Mort and Marcy Friedman Director & CEO of the museum. “I believe now more than ever that art has an enduring ability to bring comfort, respite, joy and a deeper understanding of ourselves and one another.”
Of course, safety procedures are firmly in place for museum staff and visitors. In addition to requiring visitors to have timed ticket reservations (and face coverings), the museum also limits the number of visitors to 25% of the building’s maximum capacity and has increased sanitizing measures throughout. Printed materials are limited, so visitors should download the museum’s map in advance.
Now about those three new exhibitions. “Wayne Thiebaud 100: Painting, Prints, and Drawings” is a retrospective that celebrates Thiebaud’s 100th birthday, which is coming up on Nov. 15. (Watch for a story about Thiebaud in the November issue of Sacramento Magazine as well.) It’s the largest survey of the artist’s work in more than 20 years, with a new scholarship that chronicles Thiebaud’s artistic influences and a lineup of live online content that celebrates his love for Sacramento. Also, “Todd Schorr: Atomic Cocktail” celebrates pop surrealism with a collection of imagery from old comic books, horror movies and cartoons. Finally, “Al Farrow: The White House” is a sculpture intended to get our attention no matter what our politics.
Virtual museum offerings remain available. For a continually updated schedule of virtual and in-person events, please visit the website.