Last week I had a day trip up to Sacramento that included the Crocker Museum. Currently most of the special exhibits are Japan-focused, including two shows of contemporary ceramics. Japanamerica — Points of Contact explores the role and influence Japanese art on the United States through a century of international expos and world’s fairs. There is also an exhibit with the photography of Ansel Adams from the Japanese-American internment camp at Manzanar. They are beautiful and stunning photos from an ugly, sad and shameful chapter in American History.
There was one exhibit that I knew I did not need to see. Forbidden Fruit – Chris Antemann at Meissen. Sure, as an artist I can appreciate the craftsmanship. But from my point of view, Meissen porcelain is at the high end of the spectrum of old lady knick-knacks. Starting at the bottom with the offerings of the Lillian Vernon catalog, to Hummel, to the Franklin Mint to museum-worthy Meissen. It is one big yawn.
As I passed by the sun filled room, I was like, okay, sure, I might as well have a look….
I love them. Technically the sculptor Chris Antemann has created beautiful work. At a quick glance yeah, Meissen — at second glance, what, wait a minute…. They are so naughty. I can’t resist saying it, but she put the bone back in bone china.
I was tempted to camp out and wait for a few of the ladies-who-do-lunch to come and have a look and be all, well, titillated.
The show is in Sacramento until June 25, 2017. You can get a video preview here.