OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 4, 6–9 PM coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur, on 1st Friday ARTIST TALK: 7–8 PM a conversation with the artist
CELEBRATION: Friday, June 1, 6–9 PM coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur, on 1st Friday
The Cycle: MARCH 25 – JULY 15, 2018
The Cycle by Cyrus Tilton | Crocker Art Museum
TALK: Three Views of Cyrus Tilton and The Cycle: DeWitt Cheng, Ron Holthysen, Lonnie Lee SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2 PM
PROGRAM TICKETS: lecture reservation, general admission, & opening reception. It is highly recommended to reserve program tickets in advance
$6 MEMBERS • $12 NONMEMBERS
Purchase tickets by clicking here REGISTER, visiting the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182.
Provocative, inventive, and astounding, The Cycle by Cyrus Tilton includes a kinetic installation over owing with sculptures of locusts in various stages of development as a metaphor for the dangers of over-consumption. This larger-than-life installation will be discussed by three champions of Tilton’s artwork: gallerist Lonnie Lee; Ron Holthuysen of Scientific Art Studio, who trained Tilton in large-scale sculpture fabrication; and writer and art critic DeWitt Cheng. Conversation and a Q&A with the audience will follow, as well as a reception in honor of the artist.
A Reckoning: Botanicals and Beyond March 2 – April 28, 2018
Artworks by Edith Hillinger, Cherisse Alcantara, Marilyn Bardet, Lauren Crew, Rea DeGuzman, Dave Young Kim, Christy Kovacs, and Iris Polos
OPENING RECEPTION + ARTIST TALK: Friday, March 2, 6PM coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur, on 1st Friday
Persistence of Light January 5 – February 17, 2018
Artworks by Cheryl Calleri, Irene Imfeld, and Ron Weil
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 5, 6–9PM coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur, on 1st Friday
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, February 10, 2PM Cheryl Calleri, Irene Imfeld, and Ron Weil
LOVERS FOR CYRUS TILTON: an ongoing campaign
Many have come to know Cyrus Tilton’s fascinating, superbly crafted sculpture and drawings through Vessel Gallery. It is with heavy heart Vessel Gallery shares the news that artist Cyrus James Tilton passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at his home in Oakland, California after a courageous year-long battle with esophageal cancer.. If Cyrus' work has left an impression, inspired you to connect, or made you ponder ideas about beauty and mystery – here’s a chance to thank him for enriching your life, and ensure the legacy of his artwork.
The Lovers for Cyrus Tilton campaign is reaching out to all who love and value the power of visual arts, and who appreciate Tilton’s work and its thematic values connecting humanity to the environment, to join in philanthropic support.
Collectors, art enthusiasts, and community members have frequently expressed the wish that Lovers find a permanent home. We have done just this! We are excited to announce The Crocker Art Museum has warmly accepted Cyrus Tilton's LOVERS into their permanent collection. The Crocker will unveil the work with a solo exhibition of Tilton's The Cycle scheduled March 25 – July 15, 2018
Art Opticon / Oakland Magazine + Alameda Magazine, June 2017 -East Bay Artist Cyrus Tilton: A Powerful Legacy Lives On Read more >
Art Daily, May 2017 - Crocker Art Museum awards inaugural $25,000 Knudsen Prize to Bay Area sculptor Cyrus Tilton Read more >
Sculpture Magazine, May 2017 - Pacific Rim Sculptors (PRS) Cyrus Tilton won the 2016 John S. Knudsen Prize, and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento acquired his sculpture, Read more>
HYPERALLERGIC, APRIL 2017 - Accolades: The Crocker Art Museum awarded its inaugural John S. Knudsen Prize to Cyrus Tilton (1977–2017). Read more >
East Bay Times, by Mark Hedin, April 2017 - Bay Area sculptor, musician Cyrus Tilton dies of cancer at 39, Read more >
ARTFORUM, April 2017 - Cyrus Tilton wins inaugural $25,000 Knudsen Prize. Read more >
The Sacramento Bee, Janet Vitt, April 2017 - "The Crocker Art Museum has awarded the first John S. Knudsen Prize, which supports a California artist with $25,000. The award has gone to the late Cyrus Tilton,... Read more >
Art Ltd. Magazine, January 2017 - "Chief curator Scott Shields of THE CROCKER ART MUSEUM in Sacramento announced Cyrus Tilton has won the 2016 John S. Knudsen Prize." Read more >
Art Letter, Crocker Art Museum Members Museum, May, Jun, Jul, Aug 2017 John S. Knudsen Prize Awarded to Cyrus Tilton The artist’s first solo museum exhibition opens next year at the Crocker. Read more >
Art Letter, Crocker Art Museum Members Magazine, Jan, Feb Mar, Apr, 2018 The Cycle by Cyrus Tilton: This March, a swarm of muslin and steel locusts will inhabit one of the Museum's third floor galleries as part of The Cycle by Cyrus Tilton... Read more >
We’re asking for your help in completing this dream come true. Please consider gifting a donation / pledge towards completing the purchase of Lovers so that the Crocker Art Museum can exhibit, share, and loan it, and it may be pondered and enjoyed for years to come.
In 2012, The Cycle filled all of Vessel Gallery with a series of works inspired by the life cycle and behavior of insects that, when looked at through the lens Tilton created, came to seem all too human. We peered into Potentials, a series of wall-mounted sculptures that rendered chunks of earth in cross-section, revealing nested clusters of locust eggs. We walked through a swarm of hundreds of carefully fashioned Individuals, a stunning, immersive, kinetic and sonic installation. Finally, we stepped gingerly around the awesome Lovers, a pair of human-scale mating locusts. Lovers has since been installed in several locations and seen in multiple exhibitions. Those who saw it were mesmerized by The Cycle, especially Lovers.
Will you help? If your connection is personal, please join us, share, and tell others. If you have a professional connection, we ask your support thru aligning industries, corporations, and institutions to support the Lovers for Cyrus Tilton campaign. Contact us with your support. And be sure to come by Vessel before January 26, 2017, to see Lovers—they’re still getting it on.
Please contribute towards Lovers being placed into the Crocker Art Museum's permanent collection, by making a gift of donation here. Gifts of of all sizes are deeply appreciated and will collectively contribute to this immeasurable heartfelt and meaningful placement. Alternately, checks may be made out to Vessel Gallery, with memo "Lovers for Cyrus Tilton" and mailed to Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612