Photo courtesy of Padli Pradana

(SACRAMENTO, CA — UPDATED January 21, 2020) The Crocker Art Museum is proud to celebrate innovations in photography during Photography Month Sacramento this April, with experiences designed for all who wish to deepen their understanding and appreciation of this remarkably dynamic art form.

Visitors can enjoy a new installation of Depression-era photos, a travelling video installation by Bill Viola, a photography-themed art party, a lecture by a photographer specializing in urban imagery, a storm and weather photography class, and a community exhibition of photographs by local high school and college students. Photography for personal use is welcome in many areas of the Museum as well. Information on the Crocker's photography policy can be found HERE.

Depression-era Photography from the Crocker Art Museum's Permanent Collection
The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to present a new, rotating, and ongoing installation of works from its photography holdings. Opening this spring is a selection of photographs that show the land, homes, and life of Depression-era America. Five gelatin silver prints by famed artists Brett Weston, Lewis Hine, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, and Peter Stackpole represent a cross-section of the Museum’s collection of more than 1,000 photographs. As a series, these photographs reference the Dust Bowl, New Deal, photojournalism, and the ways in which artists shaped popular magazines such as LIFE, LOOK, and PARADE.

This installation will be on view from early spring to early fall 2020, at which time new works in photography will be featured. Entrance to this installation is included in Museum general admission.

Photography for personal use is permitted inside this installation.

Bill Viola (American, born 1951) is a major figure in the development of video and installation art. For over four decades, the artist has created video work, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, and works for television broadcast. "The Raft" exemplifies Viola’s powerfully affecting work. Originally created as a commission for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, this is the first time "The Raft" will tour the United States. Meticulously captured in slow-motion, "The Raft" arouses a visceral experience of human calamity and shared humanity, provoking a consideration of the range of responses to crisis.

"Bill Viola: The Raft" will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum from February 16 through May 10, 2020. Entrance to the installation is included in Museum general admission.

This presentation of "Bill Viola: The Raft" is organized by the American Federation of Arts (AFA) and Bill Viola Studio. "The Raft" is part of ArtRoom, an ongoing series of contemporary art installations organized by the AFA. This presentation is made possible, in part, by funds from the A.R. Brooks Trust.

Photography for personal use is permitted inside this installation.

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center and the Crocker Art Museum come together to showcase photographic works by college and high school students in a special student/community exhibition presented in celebration of Photography Month Sacramento. The exhibition will be on view in the Museum's historic building from March 26 through April 26, 2020.

Entrance to the exhibition is included in Museum general admission. A reception for the artists will be held on April 19 at 1 p.m.

April 2,
6 - 8 p.m.
Since its invention in 1839, photography has been an essential tool for probing and documenting Earth’s atmosphere. Photographic imagery has evolved from simple, ground-based documentation of local weather phenomena in the 19th-century, to the global depiction of circulations using space-based platforms today. In this interactive class, you will learn how scientists have used photography for more than 180 years to reveal the hidden worlds of snow crystals, raindrops, clouds, lightning, storms, and climate change. Through a Q&A and small group discussions, photographs will be discussed in light of their ability to unite art and science.

Instructor Terry Nathan is a professor in the Art/Science Fusion Program at the University of California, Davis.

More information and tickets HERE.

April 9,
6 - 9:30 p.m.
Focus in on the best parts of Sac with a night of pics and laughs. Celebrate Photography Month Sacramento with super selfies and high fashion shoots; comedy sets and improv. Immerse yourself in the powerful and affecting video-sound installation Bill Viola: The Raft. Flash your dance moves with DJ Epik, and get an exclusive peek at rarely seen photographs from the Crocker Art Museum's photo collection vaults. More information and tickets HERE.

April 15, 1:15 p.m.
Andrea Stone’s architectural photography has taken her to twenty cities in North America and Europe, and her work has been published and sold throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and can be found in private and corporate collections, including the Crocker Art Museum. She transforms modernist structures into glowing, beckoning organisms, each one pulsating with light and color. Her study of reflections invites us to consider how buildings converse with each other and how they see us, rather than how we see them. She looks past the rigidity and solitude of everyday architectural forms to discover their fluid, intimate, and playful geometries.

In her presentation, Stone will discuss the origins of her inspiration, the creative process, and her ongoing, artistic evolution. More information and tickets HERE.

Karen Christian
(916) 808-1867

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