A pivotal year in U.S. history is the subject of a three-dimensional, multimedia art exhibit now showing at the Crocker Art Museum. 1963 by San Francisco artist Thomas Somerville, evokes the politics, activism and culture of the 60s through sculpture, video, painting and collage. The large, room-like piece is meant to be viewed from the inside and outside.
Accompanying this exhibition is an evening of readings scheduled for April 25 at the Crocker. The first in the TrueStory narrative series, Remembering 1963 & Civil Rights will bring writers and poets together to share their experiences and perspectives about this important time. TrueStory is hosted by Elaine Gale, CSUS Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism, and Janna Marlie Maron, editor-publisher of Under the Gum Tree magazine.
Maron and Gale are currently seeking submissions for the April 25 event. Even if you don't have first-hand experience of this important year in civil right history, perhaps you've heard stories from older relatives, or you grew up in a town where demonstrations occurred. If so, you're encouraged to write up and share your story. If interested, email Janna Maron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Rebirth of a Nation: Thomas Somerville's 1963
Where: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento
When: March 3 to May 5, Tues-Sun 10 to 5 p.m., Thurs 10 to 9 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10, seniors (65 and older) $8, college students $8, youth (7-17) $5, children (6 and under) free
For more info: 916-808-7000 or website
PHOTO CREDIT: 1963 by Thomas Somerville. Courtesy Crocker Art Museum