Above: Date Farmers (Armando Lerma, American, born 1975 and Carlos Ramirez, American, born 1967), Panther Yellow, 2008. Mixed media on metal panel, 24 x 30 in. Crocker Art Museum, promised gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D. © Date Farmers

Exhibition: "Arte Extraordinario: Recent Acquisitions"
Venue: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, Sacramento, CA
Dates: December 16, 2018 – March 24, 2019

  • Approximately 40 works in various media by Californian, American, and international artists known for works that challenge, critique, innovate, or inspire
  • Covers range of genres from pop and figuration to landscape and abstraction
  • Themes of identity, politics, activism, humor, family, religion
  • Recent acquisitions or promised gifts to the Crocker's vast and diverse permanent collection

Sacramento, CA - UPDATED December 4, 2018 - The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce the December 2018 opening of "Arte Extraordinario," an exhibition celebrating work by a diverse group of artists, all of whom share a heritage associated with Spanish-speaking cultures in the Americas.

Some of these artists may identify as Latinx, an alternative, gender-neutral term for Latina or Latino that is quickly gaining popularity, especially among a younger demographic. Many of the featured artists have roots in California, and several are nationally or internationally recognized.

Said the Crocker Art Museum's associate curator, Kristina Perea Gilmore, "In this exhibition, we bring together works in a variety of media and genres by more than 25 artists, each with a unique vision and style. This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to discover new works by rising stars in contemporary art as well as a variety of examples by time-honored trail blazers known for their wealth of creativity and expression."

Juan Carlos Quintana, Celebrating Hubris with Hijinx, 2017. Ink and acrylic on canvas paper, 108 x 80 in. Crocker Art Museum purchase with funds provided by Loren G. Lipson, M.D. and the Michael Himovitz Fund, 2018.33.2 © Juan Carlos Quintana

Included in the exhibition are California scenes by veteran painters, such as Carlos Almaraz’s expressive Echo Park Lake No. 1, picturing a section of the iconic Los Angeles park, and José María de Servín’s surreal Ciberespacio, a spiky mountain scape and horizon adorned with a silver, pearl-like moon. The charming Still Life Reflections by Estelle Chaves features geometrically rendered background elements as a setting for a vase and peaches, several of which are delicately reflected in the plate on which they rest.

In the realm of figural works, artists take a variety of different approaches: for example, Ramiro Gomez honors a house cleaner named Clara, and Juan Carlos Quintana presents satirical caricatures of heroic and villainous modern-day archetypes.

Abstraction is also included through sculpture, such as the totemic Don’t Look Back by Sam Hernandez. Photography and works on paper make a strong showing with examples by Raúl Cañibano, Flor Garduño, Graciela Iturbide, Ana Mendieta, Ángel Bracho, Alfredo Zalce, Leopoldo Méndez, and others.

Said the Museum's Associate Director and Chief Curator Scott A. Shields, "All of the acquired and promised works in this exhibition will one day become part of the Crocker’s permanent collection. Most immediately, the works in this exhibition broaden the Museum's cultural offerings, as we work to ensure that the Crocker's collection represents the culture of our local, regional, and statewide communities."

This is a bilingual exhibition. The in-gallery wall text and art labels are presented in both English and Spanish.

High-resolution images of several works in this exhibition are available to writers and members of the press upon request.

Crocker Art Museum
Karen Christian
(916) 808-1867

Para leer este comunicado en español, por favor haga clic aquí. Si eres miembro de los medios de comunicación y buscas más información sobre esta exposicion o necesitas ayuda para facilitar una entrevista con alguien relacionado con la exposicion o algún programa, por favor de contactar a Maria Segoviano, 916-808-1186 o msegoviano@crockerart.org.


Artist Talk:
Carlos Ramirez and his Arte Extraordinario
January 20, 2019

Arte Extraordinario: A Short History of Latinx Art and Artists
January 27 & February 3, 2019

For more information on these and other events and programs, click HERE.

Through engaging, innovative, and life-changing interactions with art, the Crocker Art Museum provides meaningful opportunities for people of divergent backgrounds to find common ground. Founded as a public/private partnership in 1885, the Crocker features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of master drawings and international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art and offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to deepen visitor’s understanding of art, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, and an array of activities for families and children. More information about exhibits and programs can be found at crockerart.org