Ongoing
The Edge of Elegance

The Edge of Elegance

Presented by Crocker Art Museum at Crocker Art Museum

Elsa Rady (American, 1943–2011) reimagines familiar and utilitarian porcelain vessels into objects of geometric simplicity and beauty. Early in her career, she created ceramics inspired by those from the Song Dynasty of China but became dissatisfied and started cutting diagonal notches into the rims of her work. Inspired by the streamlined forms of Art Deco buildings, she began to cut even deeper into her porcelain rims, which seemed to capture the spinning motion of a potter’s wheel. The dynamic edges also take inspiration from swirling hems of dancers’ dresses, like those of her mother who was part of the Martha Graham Dance Company. These notches, or “wings” as Rady called them, impart a dynamic energy to an otherwise static form.

This exhibition, the first solo exhibition of Rady’s work in more than a decade, explores Rady’s transition from creating functional objects to the elegant, nonfunctional pieces for which she is today best known. Rady’s insistence on the refinement of color, shape, and surface pushes the boundaries of what is craft and what is sculpture, which in turn has made her porcelains icons of design.

Image: Elsa Rady (American, 1943–2011) Bowl, 1980, Glazed porcelain, 4 x 6 1/2 (diam.) in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Jane Rady Lynes.

Admission Info

Adults $12
Seniors $8
College Students $8
Military $8
Youth (Age 6-17) $6
Children (Age 5 and under) Free
Members Free

Phone: (916) 808-7000

Email: cam@crockerart.org

Dates & Times

2021/03/21 - 2021/11/01

  • Aug 5, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Aug 6, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Aug 7, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Aug 8, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Aug 12, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Aug 13, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Aug 14, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Aug 15, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Aug 19, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Aug 20, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Aug 21, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Aug 22, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Aug 26, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Aug 27, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Aug 28, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Aug 29, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Sep 2, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Sep 3, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Sep 4, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Sep 5, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Sep 9, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Sep 10, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Sep 11, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Sep 12, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Sep 16, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Sep 17, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Sep 18, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Sep 19, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Sep 23, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Sep 24, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Sep 25, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Sep 26, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Sep 30, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 1, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 2, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 3, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Oct 7, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 8, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 9, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 10, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Oct 14, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 15, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 16, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 17, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Oct 21, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 22, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 23, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 24, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Oct 28, 2021 at 10:00 am - 09:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 29, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 30, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 31, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sun)
Location Info

Crocker Art Museum

216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Parking Info

Parking is available within walking distance of the Museum, including street parking, parking lots, and public garages.