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Young Artist Workshop with Kristen Cliffel (Museum)
On 12/20/2014

You know those little mementos and objects that accumulate in junk drawers and shoeboxes? You’ve kept these ticket stubs, baby teeth, and the like because they trigger a memory or an emotion. Artist Kristen Cliffel describes herself as “a storyteller that happens to make sculpture.” Join Cliffel to create works of art including and inspired by your own bits and pieces of life, and create a three-dimensional work of art that tells your story! Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund. Participants should bring their own mementos to be included in the work. All other materials are provided.
NEW 365- New Year's Eve event (Museum)
On 12/31/2014

Past and future converge in a sensory State Of The Art NEW 365 – a reflection of journeys taken and a glimpse into voyages ahead. Enjoy access to all galleries, have a festive drink, and sample mouthwatering delights from the Eleven chefs. Laugh your way into a new calendar with a stand-up comedy set followed by the Southern-punk-psychobilly sounds of the “Godfather of Modern Rockabilly,” the Reverend Horton Heat. It will be a night of sensations, celebrations, and jubilation. So… chart your course into 2015 with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Get your tickets TODAY!

Open to participants ages 21 and up. Valid photo ID required for entry.
$100 ($85 for Members), purchase tickets online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Monday Figure Drawing (Museum)
From 1/5/2015 through 2/16/2015

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.
Preschool Art Class: Habitats (Museum)
On 1/7/2015

(For ages 3 to 5 with an adult.) Parents or caregivers participate with their preschoolers in gallery conversations and art-making activities each week to explore human and animal habitats in select artworks from State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes. All materials are provided.
Spotlight Lecture: Joachim Pissarro (Museum)
On 1/7/2015

Hear from Joachim Pissarro, author of Wild Art, who examines the question of what constitutes 'art' by celebrating the artists and art forms that are usually ignored by the art establishment. Wild Art is a visual exploration of everything and anything from outside the exclusive and rarefied spectrum of the ‘Art World.’ It presents a highly illustrated account of the most exciting examples of the vast multitude of ‘other’ art worlds—from pimped cars and graffiti to extreme body art, ice sculpture, and flash mobs—this book has them all. Joachim Pissarro is currently the Bershad Professor of Art History and Director of the Hunter College Galleries at the City University of New York (CUNY).
Live Arts: SOTA artist Vanessa German (Museum)
On 1/9/2015

Join us for special evening of performance and an interview session with State of the Art artist Vanessa German who will explore ideas of Hope, Interconnection, the Power of Creativity, and Racial and Economic Injustices. In discussion with German will be Beverly Keown, President of the Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr Council. German works across disciplines as an actress, playwright, sculptor, performer, and educator. She has pioneered a performance style called Spoken Word Opera; a dynamic hybrid of spoken word poetry infused with the theatrical elements of opera, hip hop, and African storytelling. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Young Artist Workshop: Art Journals (Museum)
On 1/10/2015

(For ages 7-12) Create an expressive art journal with State of the Art artist Vanessa German. Each participant will receive their own journal to adorn with an array of art supplies including buttons, felt, beads, cloth, and much more! Use your journal to respond to German’s creative writing prompts and share your responses as a group. All materials are provided. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Architecture Speaker: Peter MacKeith (Museum)
On 1/14/2015

Peter MacKeith joined the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture in July, 2014. Previously, he was a professor of architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining the Sam Fox School, MacKeith was the director of the Master of Architecture – International Program at the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in Finland. He previously held faculty appointments in architecture at the University of Virginia, the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, and Yale University. MacKeith has served on the Fay Jones School’s Professional Advisory Board for the Fay Jones School since 2011.
Boundless: Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan (Museum)
On 1/14/2015

Loving Frank is an historical novel that reinterprets the love story of Frank Lloyd Wright and his second wife, Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Both were married with children when Cheney and her husband, Edwin, engaged Wright to build their dream house. She became totally immersed in working with Wright on the house design and their love affair gradually emerged from this relationship. The novel is told from Mamah’s viewpoint.
Educators Event: Self-Guided 101 (Museum)
On 1/14/2015

Want to bring your class to the Museum, but don’t know where to start? In this two-hour workshop, you will learn Museum guidelines for self-guided tours, the dialogical model, and will practice facilitating a discussion with works of art. Museum educators will be available to help you pair curriculum themes and artworks so you can create a one-of-a-kind experience for your class. Two hours of PD credit will be awarded.
Wednesday Figure Drawing (Museum)
From 1/14/2015 through 2/25/2015

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.
Live Arts: Electronic Lab Dance Party (Museum)
On 1/16/2015

State of the Art artists and local artists will join forces in turning the Museum into an Electronic Lab to open the Electric Art Forum taking place on Sunday, January 18. Guests can experiment with artists in tinkering with ways to integrate technology into art. There will also be an experimental dance party in the Great Hall, featuring a VJ show partnered with guest DJs. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Electric Art Forum (Museum)
On 1/17/2015

Tune in to the artists’ wavelength in The Electric Art Forum showcasing the shift of everyday technology—cell phones, old TVs, projectors, robots, social media—into artistic expression. All are welcome to join in discussions with eight artists featured in State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now who are experimenting with light, projections, machines, video, and sound art in a variety of ways. In the final month of State of the Art, this is an opportunity to think critically about technology’s impact on experiencing art, and the artist’s role in flipping our perspective of time and space, both virtually and physically. The forum features State of the Art artists: Adam Belt, Dave Greber, Susie Lee, Danial Nord, Randy Regier, Carl Joe Williams, Nate Larson, and Marni Shindelman, along with local artists Craig Colorrusso and Donna Smith. Moderating the program is The University of Arkansas Department of Art's Time-based Media Professor John C. Kelley, and Northwest Arkansas Community College's Graphic Design Chair Victor Chalfant, as well as Senior Museum Educator Sara Segerlin.
Young Artists Class: Landscapes (Museum)
On 1/17/2015

(For ages 5 to 10) Experiment with innovative approaches to landscape, drawing inspiration from select works in State of the Art as well as the Hudson River School landscapes in the Museum’s permanent collection. All materials are provided.
Adult Workshop: Figure Painting (Museum)
On 1/18/2015

State of the Art figurative painter Vincent Valdez will lead this workshop on painting the human figure. Using acrylic paints, guests will work from a clothed model under Valdez’s guidance. Explore a new interest in figurative painting or practice a long time love of the craft. All materials are provided. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Adult Workshop: Geolocation Photography (Museum)
On 1/18/2015

Join State of the Art artists Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman, featured in the Electric Art Forum, to learn about their collaborative photographic process and discover ways of integrating their techniques into your own work. Participants should bring a smartphone to take their images. All other materials will be provided.
Spotlight Lecture: SOTA and Beyond (Museum)
On 1/18/2015

Join us for a closing lecture and reception with Curator Chad Alligood who will share his reflections on co-curating the State of the Art exhibition and what he envisions coming next for Crystal Bridges in the global world of contemporary art. After the lecture, Alligood will be available to sign State of the Art catalogs, followed by a light reception.
Members' Last Look: State of the Art (Museum)
On 1/19/2015

Crystal Bridges Members are invited to a Members-only last look at State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.
Free with registration online or by calling the Member Priority Line 479.418.5728.

Art Book Club: The Goldfinch (Museum)
On 1/21/2015

Please join avid reader and library volunteer Emily Douglas in a lively discussion of this engaging novel. Sure, it’s a long read, over 800 pages, but it’s a popular read and one many people are talking about! “The Goldfinch (the title is that of a real 13 1/4 x 9 inch masterpiece painting by Dutch artist Carel Fabritius from 1654) is the fictitious journey of the painting as it turns up missing after an explosion and eventually alters the trajectory of a young boy. The development of his character reveals the trauma of loss, the yearning for love and companionship, the craziness of lonely adolescent youth, and the transcendence of beauty and the power of art.” (Corinna Lothar - Special to The Washington Times - - Friday, April 18, 2014)
WOW (Great Hall)
From 1/21/2015 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.

Evening for Educators (Museum)
On 1/23/2015

Join us for an evening event honoring and celebrating the talented educators of our region. The evening will include food, beverages, entertainment, and engaging gallery talks. There is no charge for this event and educators are welcome to bring one guest. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first come, first-served basis.
Art by the Glass: Crochet Bouquet (Museum)
On 1/30/2015

Local master crochet artist Gina Gallina will lead this evening of wine and fibers in which guests will create their own small crochet object. Gallina will introduce basic methods of crochet for beginners. Advanced crocheters are welcome to create a more complicated piece. All materials are provided. Two glasses of wine are included with registration - don't miss it! Open to participants age 21 and up.
Preschool Art Class: People (Museum)
On 2/4/2015

(For ages 3 to 5 with an adult.) Parents or caregivers participate with their preschoolers in gallery conversations and art-making activities each week to explore diverse presentations of people in works from the permanent collection. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes. All materials are provided.
Studio Studies: Intro to Encaustics (Museum)
On 2/4/2015

Learn the art of encaustic, or hot wax, painting with local artist Stephanie Green in this six-week studio studies series. Discover encaustic works in our permanent and temporary exhibitions while you become versed in the basics of materials, studio safety, and techniques of wax painting. Open to all experience levels, all materials are provided.
Film Series: Herb & Dorothy 50x50 (Museum)
On 2/6/2015

Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide. Herb and Dorothy Vogel are known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries. Herb & Dorothy 50 X 50 captures the last chapter of their extraordinary gift to the nation.
In 1992, the Vogels made headlines when they transferred their entire art collection to NGA, the majority as a gift. By 2008, the collection had grown to nearly 5,000 pieces, too large for any one museum to contain. As a solution, a national gift project titled The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States was conceived. The film takes the audience on a journey across the US to eleven recipient museums, from Honolulu to Fargo, meeting curators and visitors, and introduces famous (often controversial) artists, as well as lesser-known favorites of Herb and Dorothy.
Saturday Session: Recording Modern Experience (Museum)
On 2/7/2015

About 1900, Robert Henri and the artists known as the Ashcan School began to portray the seamier side of New York life, current events, and the era’s social and political rhetoric in their paintings. Artists today are still challenging viewers to confront some of the same themes in their work. In this workshop we will compare portrayals of modern life from the 1900s and today, and will explore ways to engage students in current events in both their writing and art. Four hours of PD credit will be awarded. All materials are provided.
Architecture Speaker: Sarah Goldhagen (Museum)
On 2/8/2015

Hear from the New Republic’s architecture critic Sarah Goldenhagen who is deeply committed to helping people develop their own critical understanding of built environments and urban design. Goldenhagen will give us tools for looking at how the design of building in public spaces shapes the individual and the collective, our private and social lives. She will especially discuss her commentary on Moshe Safdie’s design, as she is a featured in the book, Global Citizen as well as the incoming new project on the Frank Lloyd Wright home. Goldhagen is the author of Louis Kahn’s Situated Modernsm, and writes for The New Republic, Design Observer, the New York Times, and many other leading publications. Goldhagen served for 10 years as a professor for Harvard’s Design School, as well as At Wellesley College, Vassar College and the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Goldenhagen lectures nationally and internationall on twentieth-century and contemporary architecture and urbanism, and she serves on selection committees such as choosing Diller + Scofidio to design the renowned Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and serves on the Boards of Society of Architectural Historians.
Educators Event: Unveiling the Art Library (Museum)
On 2/11/2015

Join Library Director Catherine Petersen for a guided tour of the Crystal Bridges library plus helpful advice on how to use the library for research. Two hours of PD credit will be awarded.
Family Workshop: "You Can Fly" Songwriting (Museum)
On 2/13/2015

Bring the entire family to this collaborative songwriting workshop with a local singer-songwriter from the I'll Fly Away Foundation. With the guidance of the musician instructor, participants will use a work from the Crystal Bridges collection as inspiration for writing a song together. Work as a team to write this art-inspired song line by line. After the song is written, the group will determine the rhythm and tempo of the music. The instructor will bring a guitar to perform the song at the end of the class with the vocal assistance of the participants.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Environments (5-8) (Museum)
On 2/13/2015

How does environment influence life? Discover the variety of environments that artists portray in works in our current temporary exhibitions as well as our permanent collection and create your own artwork in response. All materials are provided.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Environments (9-12) (Museum)
On 2/13/2015

How does environment influence life? Discover the variety of environments that artists portray in works in our current temporary exhibitions as well as our permanent collection and create your own artwork in response. All materials are provided.
Artinfusion Black Hearts Ball (Museum)
On 2/14/2015

Crystal Bridges artinfusion Members and guests are invited to the 3rd annual Black Hearts Ball. Just like that bad ex that you keep going back to, the Black Hearts Ball is back to taunt.. Members of artinfusion, The anti-Valentine’s Day fun is reserved for ages 21 and up (ID required for entry). Artinfusion is sponsored by Blue Moon Brewing Company.
Free for artinfusion Members, $25 for guests. Registration is required. Register online or by calling the Member Priority Line 479.418.5728.

Young Artists Class: Model and Mold (Museum)
On 2/14/2015

(For ages 5 to 10) Test your hand at sculpture in this three-part class series! Examine the various ways that artists use three dimensions in both our permanent collection and the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibition. Projects will introduce sculptural media and processes inspired by gallery visits. All materials are provided.
Adult Workshop: Floral Arranging (Museum)
On 2/15/2015

Bring floral arranging into your artistic repertoire as an expressive response to a work from our permanent collection. Jana Mayfield, floral designer, artist, and master gardener, will introduce botanical arrangement as an artistic medium. Gain a new appreciation of a select work from our galleries by creating your own basic floral design under Mayfield’s guidance. All materials are provided.
Spotlight Lecture: Pat Musick and Jerry Carr (Museum)
On 2/15/2015

Meet the artists who created the outdoor installation A Place Where They Cried on Crystal Bridges’ grounds. The lecture is schedule in collaboration with the artists’ exhibition, Our Fragile Home, at the Walton Art Center. Pat Musick and her astronaut husband, Jerry Carr, were inspired to create this exhibition of sculpture and works on paper by words that astronauts and cosmonauts have used when they looked down at the earth for the first time.
Intro to Art: Be Your Own Art Critic (Museum)
On 2/18/2015

Develop your inner art critic through our Introduction to Art series guided by Curator Chad Alligood. Learn how to look closely at works of art, evaluate them for content and quality, and compare and contrast different artistic approaches. We will consider important critics in history, from Denis Diderot to John Ruskin to Clement Greenberg and beyond, alongside the works of art they championed and disparaged.
Spotlight Lecture: Doug Dreishpoon (Museum)
On 2/20/2015

Meet Chief Curator Emeritus of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Doug Dreishpoon, who led the development of the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibition from the Albright-Knox's original exhibition, The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (2011). Dreishpoon is known for his brilliant and dream-like articulation on contemporary art and contemporary culture. Albright-Knox’s Director, Janne Sirén, remarked that Dreishpoon's "intellectual contribution to the development of the Albright-Knox’s internationally renowned collection over the past 16 years is extraordinary. He has played a key role in identifying hundreds of masterpieces that now are a part of one of the finest ensembles of modern and contemporary art in the world."
Teacher Preview Night (Museum)
On 2/20/2015

Member Preview: Van Gogh to Rothko (Temporary Exhibition Gallery)
From 2/20/2015 through 2/21/2015

Crystal Bridges Members are invited to a Members-only Preview of Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Free with registration online or by calling the Member Priority Line 479.418.5728.
The Great Reveal: Frank Lloyd Wright Books (Museum)
On 2/23/2015

In anticipation of the completion of the Bachman Wilson House installation on Crystal Bridges’ grounds, join us for a special close-up and passionate look at two beautiful portfolios of Frank Lloyd Wright drawings gifted to the Museum Library by Dr. Kirk Dandridge. Dr. Dandridge is a retired surgeon and architecture buff and a treasured volunteer in Crystal Bridges’ Library. He has been an avid fan of Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture since he was a teenager. The two books are: Buildings: Plans and Designs , a limited-edition publication of 2,500 copies; the three-volume Frank Lloyd Wright: Selected Drawings Portfolio; and Portfolio of Buildings, Plans, and Designs, Horizon Press, New York, a 1963 reprint of the Wasmuth Portfolio. Both are large “elephant” portfolios and contain drawings of Wright’s buildings along with the architectural plans.
Boundless: Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris (Museum)
On 2/25/2015

Liebling was a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker. Although he could write as well as any novelist, he chose to remain a journalist and he was the very best. He liked to say that he could write better than anyone who could write faster, and faster than anyone who could write better. James Salter says: “Though not a novel it has a novel’s grip—there is dialogue, character, description, and the unmistakable signature of a real writer: an entire book thrown away on nearly every page.” If you have ever lived in Paris on a limited budget and unlimited desire (or wished to), his writing will speak to you.
Live Arts: RED Theatre Performance (Museum)
On 2/25/2015

RED, a play about Mark Rothko, comes to Crystal Bridges, performed by local theater artist Mark Landon Smith. RED weaves through the challenges and triumphs in Rothko’s studio during the artist’s two-year struggle to complete a set of murals for Manhattan’s Four Seasons restaurant. When Rothko’s raw assistant expresses an opinion and challenges his employer’s work, the artist is forced to reevaluate and come to terms with his own concepts and designs. The play provides the viewer with a rare glimpse at the complex relationship between an artist and his assistant.
Art by the Glass: Throw, Splatter, Splash! (Museum)
On 2/27/2015

Join us in the studios to test your hand at Action Painting as you enjoy a glass of wine. Try out various means of splattering, throwing, and splashing paint to create our own artwork inspired by the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibition. Come and enjoy the light and social atmosphere of Art by the Glass! All materials are provided. Registration fee includes two glasses of wine. Open to participants age 21 and up.
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.
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.