The Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento, has a number of ongoing exhibitions covering a wide range of topics.
“Ourselves Through the Lens: Photography from the Ramer Collection”
Runs through Oct. 23, 2016
By training the camera on individual personalities and circumstances, photographers from James Van Der Zee to Graciela Iturbide and Luis Gonzàlez Palma have sought to capture the emotional lives of others. This exhibition examines our very human impulse to look, and the ways photography directs such visual encounters. Sometimes documentary, sometimes metaphorical, the 44 images selected for this exhibition include gifts to the Crocker’s permanent collection. Among the many photographic approaches documented in this exhibition are prints by Arnold Genthe, Leonard Freed, Edward Steichen, Flor Garduño, Raúl Cañibano, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Shelby Lee Adams, Sebastião Selgado and Jennifer Karady. All are provocative and questioning of whether truth or artifice lies behind the portrayal.
“Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection”
Runs through Oct. 2, 2016
Inspired by its unique ability to absorb, transmit and reflect light, artists are using glass as a medium to express concept and content as never before. “Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection,” showcases and celebrates the international artists reimagining the expressive potential of glass. The exhibition examines the medium’s emergence from the 20th-century studio movement into the 21st-century mainstream, showcasing 80 objects and more than 70 of the most dynamic artists in the field today. Among these are the field’s premier visionaries Richard Marquis, Dale Chihuly, Klaus Moje, the late Marvin Lipofsky and others who transformed glass into a vehicle for ideas.
“The Luster of Ages: Ancient Glass from the Marcy Friedman Collection”
Runs through Oct. 16, 2016
Created from fire and sand, glass is one of the earliest man-made substances on earth. “The Luster of Ages: Ancient Glass from the Marcy Friedman Collection” explores the beauty of ageless glass from the 6th century BCE to the 8th century CE. The collection’s 50 pieces, which include brightly colored miniature amphorae and lustrous perfume bottles, reflect the forms and influences of Greek, Roman and Phoenician cultures in the Holy Land.