(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

SACRAMENTO – The Crocker Art Museum takes on the “problems” of world, this month, with a special panel discussion.

The discussion centers on the 1963 Norman Rockwell painting “The Problem We All Live With.” The painting depicts little Ruby Bridges being escorted to school by police officers. The little girl became an icon of the civil rights movement and a symbol of efforts to integrate public schools.

The local discussion will be held on Thursday, November 29 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Crocker artist-in-residence and musician Deborah Pittman composed and collaborated with other artists to create an original performance piece based on Rockwell’s iconic painting, which was recently displayed at the White House. The result is “Big Dreams, Small Shoulders, a unique combination of music, dance, puppetry, narration, and projected imagery. In this interactive panel discussion and performance preview, Pittman and her collaborators will share their creative process and challenges, present scenes from the upcoming debut, and answer audience questions.

Space is limited. Event is free with museum admission.

Pittman will also be featured at the museum’s upcoming Family Kwanzaa Concert on December 28. The concert, also titled “Big Dreams, Small Shoulders,” begins at 2:00 p.m. Advance registration is required. Cost is free for museum members, $3 for college students and youth ages 17 and under and $5 for non-members.

The full multi-media work debuts Sunday, January 13, 3:00 p.m.

Space is limited. Cost is $6 for museum members, $10 for college students and youth 17 and under and $12 nonmembers.

The Crocker is located at 216 O Street. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (916) 808-1182 or visit www.crockerartmuseum.org.


By Genoa Barrow

Senior Writer