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Art Mix: Zodiac

Guest Contributor | Elena Macaluso

Chinese New Year — the Year of the Monkey — kicked off on Monday, Feb. 8, so come celebrate at the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Mix: Zodiac party this Thursday, Feb. 11.


This 21-and-over event will feature live performances by the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps and as-seen-on-TV illusionist Jade, plus Chinese lion dancing, an East-meets-West fashion experience and tunes from DJ-in-Residence Larry Rodriguez.


So, what’s your sign? Find out among the zodiac sculptures in our newest exhibition, “Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,” on display through May 1. The massive animal heads provide a magnificent backdrop to the party, and our second floor gallery offers behind-the-scenes information on the making of the sculptures, including a documentary film on renegade artist Ai Weiwei.


With Asian-inspired happy hour specials from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., $5 drink specials all night, and plenty of dancing, Art Mix: Zodiac is a perfect Valentine’s Day warmup. Pen a lunar love letter with visual artist Maren Conrad. No sweetie? No worry. You might meet him or her at the event.  And if you wear red, it could be your lucky day.

Art Mix takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., is free for Crocker Art Museum members, and is included with $10 admission for nonmembers. That’s Museum admission, meaning this is a great chance to check out the party, plus visiting exhibitions “Rain Forest Visions: Amazonian Ceramics from Ecuador, The Melza and Ted Barr Collection;” “Back to Life: Bay Area Figurative Drawings;” “The Age of Albrecht Dürer: German Drawings from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris;” and, of course, the aforementioned “Circle of Animals: Zodiac Heads.”  Good to know: “Rain Forest Visions” and “The Age of Albrecht Dürer” close on Feb.  14.

Hope to see you at Art Mix this Thursday! Click here for tickets!


Guest Contributor | Elena M. Macaluso, Crocker Art Museum