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New Exhibits On View At Crocker Art Museum
Visitors are being welcomed back to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, open Thursday through Sunday and offering free admission on Sundays through May 30. Photo Contributed

The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento is once again open to the public. The museum is at 216 O St., Sacramento.

“We are eager to welcome the community back to the Crocker for new joyful, thought-provoking, and engaging art experiences. 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,” said Lial A. Jones, the Museum’s Mort and Marcy Friedman Director & CEO.

The Museum will be open four days a week, Thursday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To help ensure health and comfort, entry will be by timed ticket. Tickets are available at or by calling 916-808-1184.

Each Sunday, now through May 30, will be observed as Welcome Back Sundays with free admission, sponsored by Western Health Advantage. Reservations are required.

The Museum also has four new exhibitions on view.

• Legends from Los Angeles: Betye, Lezley, and Alison Saar in the Crocker Collection (through Aug. 15).

The exhibition explores transformation, empowerment, and the reuse of historical objects which characterize Betye Saar’s work as well as her two daughters, Lezley Saar and Alison Saar. Each artist has a distinct style and works in different media, yet they are concerned with similar subject matter: race, grief, disaster, mythology, hope, and family.

• Country, City, and Sea: Dutch Romantic and Hague School Paintings from the Beekhuis Gift, (through May 2).

An exhibition featuring the unique towns, landscape, and shoreline of the Netherlands, which have inspired artists for centuries. Dutch artists including Jacob Maris, Hendrik Mesdag, and Jozef Israels, all admired by Vincent Van Gough, are just a few of the featured 19th century artists in the exhibition who were inspired by the by the techniques and subjects of the Dutch Golden Age, giving way in the 1860s to a direct, tonal style that was nature-based and favored by the Hague School.

• Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings with works by her mother Pablita Velarde, and daughter, Margarete Bagshaw (through May 16).

This exhibition examines the artworks of Helen Hardin, a trailblazer for Native American women artists wishing to break free from tradition. Accompanied by the work of her mother, Pablita Velarde, who also departed from convention (pottery-making) to paint narratives of pueblo life, and her daughter Margarete Bagshaw whose vibrant, abstract paintings feature Native American iconography and push beyond the limits of previous generations to create art recognizably her own.

• The Edge of Elegance: Porcelains by Elsa Rady (through Nov. 1).

An introduction to Rady and a focused look at the evolution of her work, exploring her transition from creating functional objects to the elegant, nonfunctional pieces she is best known for today. Rady’s insistence on the refinement of color, shape, and surface pushes the boundaries of what is craft and what is sculpture, which in turn has made her porcelains icons of design.