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Monday Figure Drawing (Museum)
From 3/2/2015 through 4/20/2015

Join us on the first and third Mondays of each month to draw from a clothed model. Whether you’ve always had a love for figure drawing or are trying it for the first time, you’ll enjoy an afternoon drawing with others at the Museum.
Architecture Speaker: Deborah Berke (Museum)
On 3/4/2015

Deborah Berke is the founder of the New York-based architecture and design firm Deborah Berke Partners. Works designed by the firm include several award-winning projects for 21c Museum Hotels; the Yale School of Art’s Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Hall; and 48 Bond Street, a residential building in Manhattan. The firm recently completed the Bard College Conservatory of Music and is currently working on several large-scale commercial and university buildings. Ms. Berke lectures throughout the United States and has won numerous design awards. In 2012 she was awarded the inaugural Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize by the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Miami, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. A monograph of her work was published by Yale University Press in 2008.
Preschool Art Class: Art and Emotion (Museum)
On 3/4/2015

(For ages 3 to 5 with an adult.) Our youngest guests will explore the potential of color to express emotion, drawing inspiration from select works in the temporary exhibition, Van Gogh to Rothko. Parents or caregivers participate with their preschoolers in gallery conversations and art-making activities each week working on recognizing and expressing feelings. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes. All materials are provided.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Why Make Art? (5-8) (Museum)
On 3/6/2015

Discover new artists and works in the exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko and think about why they (and we) make art. Through gallery conversations and accompanying studio projects, we'll look at one artist each week and consider his or her reasons for creating.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Why Make Art? (9-12) (Museum)
On 3/6/2015

Discover new artists and works in the exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko and think about why they (and we) make art. Through gallery conversations and accompanying studio projects, we'll look at one artist each week and consider his or her reasons for creating.
College Workshop:Create a Massive Pollock Painting (Museum)
On 3/8/2015

The Crystal Bridges College Ambassadors invite you to participate in a large group painting project using the splatter action techniques of Jackson Pollock as seen in the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibition. Please register online for this free, spontaneous workshop.
Journaling Group: Automatic Writing (Museum)
On 3/9/2015

Participate in our inspiring, free Journaling Group with an invigorating series focusing on the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibition using the automatic writing technique popular among Surrealists and action painters. The journaling sessions include an opening discussion on writing techniques, followed by writing time in the galleries and reading reviews.
Art Book Club: Paintings in Proust (Museum)
On 3/11/2015

Please join our reference librarian Jim Everett for a fascinating look at one of his personal passions, Marcel Proust. Paintings in Proust refers to all the paintings the author makes reference to in his novel In Search of Lost Time. A beautiful, yet easy read that places small passages from the book next to images of art; masterfully complementing the famous novel. Check out Jim's PROUST READER blog.
Wednesday Figure Drawing (Museum)
From 3/11/2015 through 4/22/2015

Join us on the first and third Wednesdays of each month to draw from a clothed model. Whether you’ve always had a love for figure drawing or are trying it for the first time, you’ll enjoy an evening drawing with others at the Museum. A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses, and longer poses.
Film Series: Celebrating Salvador Dali (Museum)
On 3/13/2015

Explore the birth of Surrealist cinema, with two films by the leading director of Surrealist films. Luis Bunuel, created in collaboration with Salvador Dalí: Un Chien Andalou (1929. France. Luis Buñuel. Approx. 16 min.) and L'Age d'Or (1930. France. Luis Buñuel. 62 min.). Sponsored by Demara Titzer and Legacy Condominiums.
Adult Workshop: Tapestry Weaving (Museum)
On 3/15/2015

Eureka Springs sculptural weaver Eleanor Lux will introduce hand tapestry weaving inspired by the weavings of Anni Albers, who was the wife of painter Josef Albers, a colleague of the Abstract Expressionists and a faculty member at Black Mountain College. Create your own small-scale weaving using a variety of colors and basic patterns. Sponsored by Demara Titzer.
Spotlight Lecture: The Lady Painter: Joan Mitchell (Museum)
On 3/15/2015

Author Patricia Albers will present a lecture that brilliantly reconstructs painter Joan Mitchell's large and impassioned life: her growing prominence as an artist; her marriage and affairs; her friendships with poets and painters; and her extraordinary work. Patricia Albers is the author of Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti, selected as one of the Library Journal's Best Books of 1999, and Joan Mitchell, Lady Painter: A Life, one of Booklist's ten best biographies of 2011. Albers is currently working on a biography of Budapest-born photographer André Kertész.
Boundless: Swan Green, by David Mitchell (Museum)
On 3/18/2015

Jason Taylor is an English boy of 13 years, the age which teeters between the innocent sweetness of childhood and the sexual stirrings of puberty. He writes poetry—an activity he keeps secret, for it would surely mean instant social death at the hands of his school mates. He also has a speech impediment, which is just about as bad. His speech demon, Mr. Hangman, routinely blocks him from saying certain sounds.
WOW (Great Hall)
From 3/18/2015 through 12/16/2015

Please join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero as he invites regional chefs and mixologists to discuss (and taste) the virtues of High South Cuisine, the rich food that hails from the Ozarks. Sponsored by Premier Dermatology and Riedel. Open to guests ages 21 and above.

$30 ($24 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.


Keynote Lecture: Susan Rothenberg (Museum)
On 3/20/2015

Join us for a special interview experience with iconic painter Susan Rothenberg in a thoughtful discussion with her long-time curator, Michael Auping from The Modern in Fort Worth. Rothenberg became known as one of the leading female American artists of the last half-century. Rothenberg and Auping will discuss how Rothenberg has grown as a painter, the challenges and successes she has experienced, and her intertwined relationship with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Rothenberg’s work offers an interesting counterpoint to the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibition—whereas most of the works in the exhibition were completed before 1970, Rothenberg’s work picks up in the 1970s and represents a change in attitude toward figurative painting. Susan Rothenberg’s painting, Four Color Horse, is part of Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection. You can read an article on this artwork in the Huffington Post, written by board member Don Bacigalupi, here.
Member Meet & Greet: S. Rothenberg & M. Auping (Great Hall)
On 3/20/2015

Members are invited to a Meet and Greet with speakers Susan Rothenberg and Michael Auping in the Great Hall prior to the public lecture at 7:00 PM. Members must register for both experiences separately.
Film Series: Action! Film in Arkansas (Museum)
On 3/25/2015

Learn more about the Arkansas film industry! Hear from women filmmakers and actors who are raising the bar for film production across the state. The evening will include recent independent films produced in Arkansas and a discussion between key women leaders in the film industry. Meet Arkansas-born actress and film director Joey Lauren Adams, known for roles in Chasing Amy, Dazed and Confused, and Big Daddy. Adams recently performed in the independent film, Valley Inn, set in Hindsville, Arkansas. Joining Adams is Springdale-based executive producer Keri Elder who started the company Kindred Films, which has already hired close to 100 local actors and crew members for her film productions.
Live Arts: Death of Narrative (Museum)
On 3/27/2015

Experience a series of sonic and visual works that defy our expectations through the genius of modern composer Alvin Lucier and avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage. University of Arkansas Professor Er-Gene Kahng and contemporary musician Ryan Cockerham will present this exploratory concert featuring both sound and film components. In addition, audiences will witness a thrilling use of a quasi-installation piece, being amplified through a long, thin wire.
Architecture Speaker: Sarah Suzanka (Museum)
On 4/1/2015

The Not So Big House book series by Sarah Susanka brings to light a new way of thinking about what makes a place feel like home— characteristics many people desire in their homes and their lives, but haven't known how to verbalize. How big is Not So Big? Not So Big doesn't necessarily mean small. It means not as big as you thought you needed, but designed and built to perfectly suit the way you live.
Homeschool Tour and Art (Museum)
On 4/1/2015

Join fellow homeschool families for an afternoon of art and exploration at the Museum. The program will include guided tours of the collection and a curriculum-based art-making activity connected to the works viewed in the galleries.
Preschool Art Class: Patterns (Museum)
On 4/1/2015

(For ages 3 to 5 with an adult.) Discover patterns used by artists represented in the temporary exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko and use them to try out new methods of art making. Parents or caregivers participate with their preschoolers in gallery conversations and art-making activities each week. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes. All materials are provided.
Studio Studies: Intro to Figure Painting (Museum)
On 4/1/2015

Learn how to successfully paint a clothed figure in its surrounding environment over this six week course with new art instructor Jessica Westhafer! Working from direct observation, we will focus on breaking down the figure into simple forms, and developing color and space.
Salsa Night (Museum)
On 4/3/2015

Enjoy the Great Hall’s spectacular dance floor with a night of Salsa Dancing.
Yoga and Art (Museum)
On 4/6/2015

Yoga takes over the Great Hall, a peaceful setting with views of the Museum’s ponds, forest, and architecture. Yoga Story’s Cindee Joslin leads this uplifting group experience uniting the power of art with the beauty of the nature. Participants should bring their own yoga mat and dress appropriately.
Intro to Modern Art with Curator Mindy Besaw (Museum)
On 4/8/2015

Expand your appreciation of modern art with this overview of the temporary exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko with Curator Mindy Besaw. In this three-part series, Besaw will present a survey of the exhibition, offering insights on the birth of the modern art movement. The series includes lecture and gallery discussion with Besaw, as well as experiences of the artists’ voices through short readings including artist letters and other writings.
Family Workshop: Surrealist Puppets (Museum)
On 4/10/2015

Make your own Surrealist-inspired puppets in this family workshop. Pull out your old wool sweaters and re-purpose them into a unique puppet using shapes and colors inspired by Surrealist works in the exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko. Bring your old sweaters and we'll provide the rest of the supplies!
Film Series: Okie Noodling (Museum)
On 4/10/2015

Kick off the exhibition Fish Stories: Early Images of American Game Fish with a screening of this lively documentary by renowned filmmaker Bradley Beesley, who will join us for a post-screening discussion. The film features interviews with hardcore handfishing veterans, as well as rousing footage of real noodlers in action. Set against an original musical score by rock band The Flaming Lips, Okie Noodling offers an anecdotal and often hilarious look at a most unusual piece of Midwest American culture. Okie Noodling premiered to sold-out crowds at the 2001 South by Southwest Film Festival, winning the Audience Choice Award and First Runner Up for Best Documentary. The film also won Best Documentary at the 2001 Great Plains Film Festival. Sponsored by Demara Titzer and Legacy Condominiums.
Homeschool Friday Fun: What is Art? (9-12) (Museum)
On 4/10/2015

In this class series, we'll take on the age-old question "What is art?" Each week, we'll look at a different artistic movement in the galleries and discuss why a work may or may not be art. Then, we’ll return to the studios and create our own artwork as a response!
Homeschool Friday Fun: What is Art? (5-8) (Museum)
On 4/10/2015

In this class series, we'll take on the age-old question "What is art?" Each week, we'll look at a different artistic movement in the galleries and discuss why a work may or may not be art. Then, we’ll return to the studios and create our own artwork as a response!
Discover the Grounds: Woodland Wildflowers (Museum)
On 4/11/2015

Learn how to integrate woodland wildflowers in your garden with this lecture and tour with Crystal Bridges Horticulturalist Cody George. Sponsored by The Coleman Company.
Saturday Session: Poetry (Museum)
On 4/11/2015

Discover some exciting ways in which poetry and art can be used together in the classroom to engage students in this teacher program taught by Hung Pham. (more details to follow)
Four hours of Professional Development credit available.
Journaling Group: Beat Poets (Museum)
On 4/13/2015

Participate in our inspiring, free Journaling Group to find inspiration from Beat Poets who surrounded the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1950s. This invigorating series focuses on the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibition. The journaling sessions include an opening discussion on writing techniques, followed by writing time in the galleries and reading reviews.
Art Book Club: Lee Krasner: A Biography (Museum)
On 4/15/2015

A renowned Abstract Expressionist painter, Lee Krasner is probably best known as the wife of Jackson Pollock. Join Library Director Catherine Petersen in a discussion of the mid-twentieth-century art world in New York City through the amazing journey of this determined and talented artist.
Boundless:A Short History of a Small Place (Museum)
On 4/15/2015

“T. R. Pearson’s charming, undauntable first novel is about human decency: the unrecognized first variety that cures insomnia and occasionally ensures a ticket to heaven…There’s an archaic, heartfelt element to A Short History—disarmingly kind and unabashedly funny—that rings of the essence of the Southern tradition of literature…But then the people of the town don’t die, they ‘succumb’; they have ‘relations’ instead of sex, and they ‘hold silent counsel’ when a less-complicated soul would just sit and think a spell. It is the charming deference to language—to regional homilies and, consequently, to truth—that gives the novel its freedom and compassion: the sense of lying on a hot porch in the afternoon and listening to someone special and very, very wise. There are less levelheaded educations to be had in the world than sitting captive at this father's knee.” (Boston Globe review)
Keynote Lecture: Neil Shubin (Museum)
On 4/17/2015

Shubin is the popular science author of two books: The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body (2013) and the best-selling Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008). Your Inner Fish was named Best Book of the Year by the National Academy of Sciences, and is now a popular TV show on PBS with Shubin acts as host. Shubin conducted fieldwork in Greenland, China, Canada, and much of North America and Africa, and has discovered some of the earliest mammals, crocodiles, dinosaurs, frogs, and salamanders in the fossil record. One of his most significant discoveries, the 375-million-year-old Tiktaalik roseae fossil, is considered an important transitional form between fish and land animals. The 2006 announcement of the finding received worldwide media coverage and led to Shubin's being named ABC News Person of the Week. Shubin earned his PhD in organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011. Shubin is the Robert Bensley Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and associate dean for academic strategy of the university's Biological Sciences Division.
Member - Speaker Meet & Greet: Neil Shubin (Great Hall)
On 4/17/2015

Members are invited to a Meet and Greet with speaker Neil Shubin in the Great Hall prior to the public lecture at 7:00 PM. Members must register for both experiences separately.
Young Artists Class: Draw It! (Museum)
On 4/18/2015

(For ages 5 to 10) Investigate traditional and experimental methods of drawing inspired by artworks in the temporary exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko. Each week we'll examine a different artist in the exhibition and use his or her work to uncover a new approach to drawing. Each class will consist of a gallery conversation and a studio project reflecting on our conversation.
Wednesday Series: Imaginative Education (Museum)
On 4/22/2015

Guest Educator Laura Marie Rivera will be joining us and sharing strategies to increase engagement through the use of Imaginative Education. (More details to follow.)
Two hours of Professional Development credit available.
Art by the Glass: Dreamscapes (Museum)
On 4/24/2015

Create your own dreamscape inspired by the Surrealist painters in Van Gogh to Rothko. Explore working with mixed media and collage to create an imaginative artwork. You may bring your favorite magazine to collage with if you like. Registration includes two glasses of wine and all materials for art making.
Film Series: Galapagos Affair (Museum)
On 4/24/2015

Participate in an audience discussion session with filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller following the screening of this remarkable true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair is a fascinating documentary that explores the mysterious life of a Berlin doctor and his mistress who attempt to start a new utopia on uninhabited Floreana Island in the Galapagos in the 1930s. When the international press sensationalized the exploits of the Galapagos “Adam and Eve,” they inadvertently encouraged others to flock to the island—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities are aggravated by the island community’s lusty free-love ethos, and when some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air, leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore today.
Art Night Out: These Times are Changing (Museum)
On 4/25/2015

Art Night Out: These Times are Changing relives the explosive 1960s art movements which played a major role in defining the era of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Explore the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibition and enjoy a vintage liquid light show and Grateful Dead Music Experience by Midwest's popular band, The Schwag, Check out Beat poetry in the galleries, Rothko meditations, and a remake of performance art inspired by the influential 1960s Fluxus group which included artists such as Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono, and composer John Cage. Local opening bands include the Airplanes and Basement Brew! Special thanks to Northwest Arkansas Community College Beat Poetry team. Sponsored by AMP Sign & Banner, Blue Moon Brewing Co., RopeSwing, and Arvest.