POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Just a quick note vaguely inspired by MAN’s posts on the subject of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s expansion: In early March I paid a visit to the Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento whose 100000 expansion project will open to the public in October. The new building, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates is nothing short of impressive. The building exudes space; the stairwells are wide, skylights dot all the rooms, and giant windows facing a large courtyard grace the space (flickr set here). It’s impressive and the museum deserves to be commended. But its current contemporary collection gives me pause. It seems a bit of a waste to put all that work into a building if it’s just going to host Michael Steven’s wicker Dingo sculpture. Here’s hoping they’re working just as hard on pumping up their exhibition program.