Walk among art
Check out these new exhibits opening June to September
Sacramento’s visual art scene has a packed schedule over the summer. With openings every second Saturday, and some recent exhibits still running, here are a few worth a visit:
Crocker Art Museum
Four new shows are slated at the Crocker between June and September. The Race To Promontory (June 23-Sept. 29) outlines the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad through photography by Andrew Joseph Russell and Alfred A. Hart. In the same time frame, Chiura Obata: An American Modern presents a collection of paintings, drawings, prints and personal items from the Japanese-American artist who was the founding director of art schools in two Northern California internment camps during World War II. In Cool Clay (July 21-July 19), observe newly acquired modern ceramics, and through Pueblo Dynasties: Master Potters From Matriarchs to Contemporaries, marvel at the pottery skills of indigenous people. Admission is $6-$12, Free for members; 216 O Street; (916) 808-7000; crockerart.org.
Verge Center for the Arts
Nathan Cordero was a Sacramento-born mixed media artist renowned in Northern California art circles. He died last year at 43. The Verge Center’s newest exhibit, Stay Awhile: A Nathan Cordero Show (through Aug. 18), presents his peculiar style, mixing graffiti and “hobo” art to make pictures, sculptures and text phrases out of reused materials such as plywood. Admission is free; 625 S St.; (916) 448-2985; vergeart.com.
The museum’s Dolores Huerta exhibit will be open through July 7. Expect a new exhibit showcasing Chicano culture shortly after: ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege (July 25-Dec. 29) covers the erasure of Mexican-American murals in Southern California, displayed through photographs, mural fragments and drawings. Admission is $6.50-$9; 1020 O Street; (916) 653-7524; californiamuseum.org.
The Kennedy opens a new show every month. Spirit Nation (June 6-July 7) appreciates the work of indigenous artists across the country, while Urban Identity (July 11-Aug. 4) captures life in inner-city Sacramento. Neomod and Cubism (Aug. 8-Sept. 8) explores the geometric shape abstractly. The annual Getting Wild with the Sacramento Zoo show (Sept. 12-Oct. 6) drew a big crowd at the opening last year, when a tortoise roamed the gallery’s first floor. Expect animal-focused art by humans and paintings by monkeys and other creative species. Admission is free; 1931 L St.; (916) 400-4272; kennedygallerysac.com.
Fixate on creative uses of lines, spaces and shapes through the Fe Gallery’s exhibit, Pattern and Abstraction (June 8-July 26), which features a national roster of more than 30 artists. Channel Salvador Dali in Mythic (Aug. 10-Sept. 27), which focuses on pop surrealism. At each opening, enjoy a blacksmithing demonstration. Admission is free; 1100 65th St.; (916) 456-4455; fegallery.com.
The succulent store (and art gallery) will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a 40-artist, immersive group show on June 30. The cactus shop has a knack for solo exhibits by Sacramento artists, and in August, will present a show by Trent Dean. If you’ve been to Canon East Sac or attended the Art Hotel project in 2016, you may have caught Dean’s otherworldly fabrications of metal and wood. Admission is free; 2598 21st St.; (916) 942-9720; publiclandstore.com.