• Richard Jackson, Pump Pee Doo. Fiberglass, pumps, buckets, acrylic paint, MDO, 132 x 240 x 240 in. Courtesy Rennie Collection, Vancouver. Photo: Site Photography © Richard Jackson.
    Big Ideas
    Richard Jackson's Alleged Paintings
    April 28, 2019 — August 25, 2019
Richard Jackson, Big Girl (Yellow). 2008. Aluminum, color, 135 7/8 x 47 1/4 x 53 1/8 in. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Richard Jackson.
Richard Jackson, Little Girl's Room. 2011. Fiberglass, steel, stainless steel, mdf, acrylic on canvas, wood, rubber, motor, acrylic paint, 190 x 288 x 312 in. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Installation view, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles CA, 2011 Photo: Fredrik Nilsen © Rich
Richard Jackson, Beer Bear. 2010. Bronze, stainless steel, 66 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 26 3/8 in. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen © Richard Jackson.

Richard Jackson (born 1939) is well known for combining a playful sense of humor and sharp wit with an unconventional approach to painting. Influenced by Abstract Expressionism and action painting, he meticulously engineers sculptural machines that he activates, causing violent eruptions or seeping trickles of paint. The liquid pigments — often comically meant to suggest bodily fluids — are spurted, splattered, and sprayed on gallery walls, pedestals, and floors. Jackson also works in neon, paper, and canvas. He draws from a broad visual lexicon, which includes domestic environments, universal human functions and activities, and what he sees as hallmarks of American life, such as hunting and sports as well as consumerism and addiction to oil. Through what he describes as his alleged paintings, Jackson questions traditions in the contemporary art world.

Born and raised in Sacramento, Jackson studied art and engineering at Sacramento State from 1959–1961 and held his first solo exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in 1961. He has lived in the Los Angeles area since 1968 but frequents the Sacramento region, where he maintains his family’s ranch. His work has since been shown at museums and important venues around the world.

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Noon Year's Eve: A Free Family Festival

This year, we’re kicking the Noon Year Festival up a notch. The Crocker Art Museum will be decked-out in purple, and we encourage all of our young visitors (and their grownups) to do the same!

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Film: Norma Rae

For this new film series, we take inspiration from the artist and present four films that bring into focus the issues faced by working-class people seeking to live the American dream.

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