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 inches. Crocker Art Museum, promised gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D. © Date Farmers


(Sacramento, CA – December 19, 2018) The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of "Arte Extraordinario," a show of 29 new Museum acquisitions by a diverse group of rising stars and time-honored trail blazers in the contemporary art world.

The bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibition showcases works by 25 artists from North, Central, and South America who are known for producing works that challenge, critique, innovate, or inspire. A wide range of themes is explored including cultural identity, politics, activism, humor, family, and religion. Many of the artists connect with their indigenous roots through their work.

The exhibition covers a wide range of genres from pop and figuration to landscape and abstraction. Works in various media are featured including sculpture, collage, paintings, prints, photography, and works on paper. Visitors will see several works by members of Mexico’s famed Taller de Gráfica Popular (People’s Graphic Workshop), a collective known for its prints addressing social, political, and economic issues.

Juan Carlos Quintana (American, born 1964), 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

FEATURED ARTISTS:

  • Carlos Almaraz – painter from Los Angeles who uses dynamic brushwork to depict a serene moonlit scene
  • Raúl Anguiano – art teacher and muralist, he was also a member of the Taller de Gráfica Popular
  • Raúl Cañibano – photographer who seeks out stories that are distinctly Cuban in an era of great change
  • Estelle Chaves – painter from the Bay Area who, in the 1960s, created still-lifes and other scenes with sharp edges and strong geometric shapes
  • José Luis Cuevas – artist known for breaking away from Mexican muralism and for depicting strange and often malformed figures
  • Date Farmers – artist duo from southern California known for using various materials and cultural reference to explore the multifaceted nature of Chicano identity in the U.S.
  • Flor Garduño – photographer known for documenting enduring traditions of ancient cultures (such as Aztec)
  • Ramiro Gómez – born in San Bernardino to undocumented Mexican parents, reflects on personal experience to address immigration issues in his paintings
  • Matt Gonzalez – northern California collage artist, often uses found objects, sometimes merges politics and art
  • Diana Guerrero-Maciá – multimedia artist known for infusing her work with signs and symbols
  • Sam Hernández – multimedia artist known for innovative, free-standing abstractions in wood
  • Graciela Iturbide – photographer who often befriends her subjects; her compositions sometimes emphasize textures and repetitious forms
  • Patrick Martinez – known for bold exploration of textures, shapes, and various media; his work is often inspired by his diverse cultural heritage
  • Leopoldo Méndez – founder of the Taller de Gráfica Popular and innovative printmaker who favored bold movement in his work
  • Ana Mendieta – known for using photography to record her performance-based, ephemeral works which often took inspiration from religious rituals and the female body
  • Carlos Mérida – artist from Guatemala known for using gestures and shapes inspired by his love of music and dance
  • Miguel Miramontes – sculptor known for his public art around Mexico (at least 50 in Guadalajara alone!)
  • Juan Carlos Quintana – painter who presents satirical caricatures of heroic and villainous modern-day archetypes
  • Gabriela Sanchez – painter who explores relationships between religious indoctrination, body image, and perceptions of one’s sexuality
  • Rufino Tamayo – known for figurative abstraction, limited palette of rich colors & textures, and taking inspiration from Mexico’s cultural traditions
  • Francisco Toledo – painter and sculptor known for surreal figures and aspects that harken to Mexico’s indigenous cultures
  • Kukuli Velarde – ceramist who explores ancient art traditions in the Americas, especially her native Peru; hints at ways that culture is passed down through the generations
  • Alfredo Zalce – best known as a muralist, also worked in a variety of genres and media, and was a member of the Taller de Gráfica Popular

Arte Extraordinario is organized by the Crocker Art Museum. The exhibition's curator is Kristina Perea Gilmore.

An exhibition checklist and high-resolution images of some of the works in the exhibition are available to members of the media upon request.

MEDIA CONTACT
Karen Christian
(916) 808-1867
kchristian@crockerart.org

EN ESPAÑOL
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.


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ABOUT THE CROCKER ART MUSEUM
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