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ArtInfusion - Halloween in the Hollow (Great Hall)
On 10/31/2014

Mark your calendars for artinfusion’s annual Halloween party! Watch Crystal Bridges’ website for details as the date approaches.
Free for artinfusion Members. $25 for non-members.
Artinfusion is especially for Crystal Bridges Members ages 21-40s.Sponsored by Blue Moon Brewing Company.
Monday Figure Drawing (Museum)
From 11/3/2014 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: Nature (Museum)
On 11/5/2014

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 nature themes in select artworks from State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes. All materials are provided.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Scissors (5-8) (Museum)
On 11/7/2014

In this three-session studio class, we will be looking beyond the familiar tools used to create artworks, and will be investigating how different tools can be used to enhance artistic practice. For ages 5-8 and 9-12. All materials are provided.
Homeschool Friday Fun: Scissors (9 to 12) (Museum)
On 11/7/2014

In this three-session studio class, we will be looking beyond the familiar tools used to create artworks, and will be investigating how different tools can be used to enhance artistic practice. For ages 5-8 and 9-12. All materials are provided.
Spotlight Lecture: SoTA artist John Salvest (Museum)
On 11/7/2014

Saturday Session: Say it Like it Is (Museum)
On 11/8/2014

This teacher workshop will focus on the power that words convey in the visual arts and literature. Sponsored by Neff and Scarlet Basore.
Spotlight Lecture: Author William Souder (Museum)
On 11/9/2014

William Souder is an award-winning author and journalist who has written for some of the nation's largest newspapers. His second book, Under a Wild Sky, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has recently been reissued by Milkweed Editions. The book focuses on the early development of John James Audubon as a superb introduction to the artist and the man.
Spotlight Lecture: SOTA Artist Mequitta Ahuja (Museum)
On 11/10/2014

Keynote Lecture: Kerry James Marshall (Museum)
On 11/12/2014

Kerry James Marshall, one of the most widely known and respected American artists of the twenty-first century, uses painting, sculptural installations, collage, video, and photography to comment on the history of black identity both in the United States and in Western art. He is well known for paintings that focus on African American subjects and has explored issues of race and history through imagery ranging from abstraction to comics. Marshall will talk art and community, and about playing an important role as a mentor to the next generation of artists, including Mequitta Ahuja, whose work is currently on exhibit in the State of the Art exhibition. Marshall has work in numerous public collections and is the recipient of several awards, grants, and fellowships, including the MacArthur genius grant in 1997.
Member - Speaker Meet & Greet: Kerry James Marshal (Great Hall)
On 11/12/2014

Museum Members are invited to join us for a half-hour Members-only meet-and-greet with guest artist Kerry James Marshall. Free for Members. Limited capacity, reserve your place online or by calling 479.418.5728.
Note: Members will need to register for the lecture separately.
Adult: Boundless | Evening Book Discussion (Museum)
From 11/12/2014 through 12/10/2014

Boundless is an evening book discussion held in the Library that focuses on diverse individuals with a predisposition for literature and the dialogue they come to share. Elizabeth Bradshaw, Cataloger and Archivist in the Crystal Bridges Library, selects literary stories that push the boundaries on views of popular culture, current literary trends and genres, and past literary movements.
Adult Workshp: Lenka Clayton (Museum)
On 11/14/2014

Lenka Clayton will lead a unique workshop exploring the concept of danger, based on her work, 63 Objects taken from my Son’s Mouth, which can be seen in State of the Art. Participants will recall and record stories of objects that have endangered them, and create an artwork based on their experiences. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
State of the Art Symposium Day 1 (Museum)
On 11/14/2014

Join us for a free public symposium on the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. All are welcome to attend this enriching program. Enjoy two full days of artists’ talks, panel discussions, and lectures. Artists today use a variety of approaches to respond to their environment—whether home, community, or in nature. This symposium will provide the opportunity to hear directly from artists featured in State of the Art in conversation with curators, local voices, and each other.
Free with online reservation for each day.
State of the Art Symposium Day 2 (Museum)
On 11/15/2014

Join us for a free public symposium on the exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. All are welcome to attend this enriching program. Enjoy two full days of artists’ talks, panel discussions, and lectures. Artists today use a variety of approaches to respond to their environment—whether home, community, or in nature. This symposium will provide the opportunity to hear directly from artists featured in State of the Art in conversation with curators, local voices, and each other.
Free with online reservation for each day.
Film Screening: The Lens to the Soul (Museum)
On 11/16/2014

This local documentary film focuses on the work of Fayetteville-based portrait photographer Andrew Kilgore. Kilgore has created thousands of personal portraits, capturing priceless moments in people's lives over generations. Of even more importance, he has created a rich library of portraits designed to advocate on behalf of marginalized members of our society. This new form of "advocacy portrait" helps viewers connect with and better understand people living in dire need of our attention and support. The film will be followed by a discussion between director Dan Robinson and the artist. The Lens to the Soul was commissioned by The Fayetteville Public Library, which focuses on locally focused and locally produced film. It is presented in collaboration with Fiery Moon Films.
Multi-Generation Workshop with Alberto Aguilar (Museum)
On 11/16/2014

This is a serious, multi-generational family workshop focusing on engagement between family members and making art with intensity. Sponsored by Demara Titzer and the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
All materials are provided.
Art Book Club: All About Audubon (Museum)
On 11/17/2014

Take your pick of one of three John James Audubon biographical selections and join Library Director Catherine Petersen for a discussion of the fascinating life of The Birds of America artist. Audubon, born in 1785, was an illegitimate child of a French shipping captain and a Creole chamber maid, and he went on to become a world-renowned artist-explorer. Each of these books will offer insights into the personality of one of America’s most-loved naturalists and will contribute much to the conversation. Book selections are:
John James Audubon: The Making of an American. New York Times best-seller by Richard Rhodes, 2004. (528 pgs.)
Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of the Birds of America by William Souder, 2004. (384 pgs.)
Audubon's Elephant: America's Greatest Naturalist and the Making of the Birds of America by Duff Hart-Davis, 2004. (216 pgs.)
WOW (Great Hall)
From 11/19/2014 through 12/16/2015

SoTA - Please join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero along with Niki Ciccotelli Stewart, Director of Education and Exhibitions, in the second part of a provocative discussion regarding SoTA, Modern Art, and Food. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Reidel and Premier Dermatology.
$30 ($24 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335


Great Hall Concert: Call and Response (Museum)
On 11/21/2014

Local musicians Er-Gene Kang and UA Fulbright Scholar Wilson Borja provide audiences with an enriching cross-disciplinary performance through their studies of Alfred Schnittke, widely considered to be one of Europe’s most important twentieth-century composers. This year marks the 80th anniversary of Schnittke’s birth, and Call and Response is one event within a larger retrospective of the composer’s work taking place in Northwest Arkansas. The performance uses Schnittke’s short films as one of its points of origin, as well as Andy Warhol’s Hammer and Sickle, a work in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection that simultaneously addresses cultural legacy and the evolution of perception.
Photography Workshop: Kirk Crippens (Museum)
On 11/22/2014

Join photographer Kirk Crippens for a two-day workshop in which you’ll use your camera to reflect on meaningful issues while photographing the places and objects around you. The workshop will combine off-site photography in downtown Bentonville with studio instruction and discussion. Crippens will help you approach your subjects with a thoughtful eye. Crippens’s series The Great Recession: Foreclosure, USA captures poignant loneliness and dark humor in vacant properties of Stockton CA. Selections from the exhibition are on view in State of the Art. Sponsored by Demara Titzer and the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Preschool Art Class: Color (Museum)
On 12/3/2014

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 color in select artworks from State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes.
Video Art Lecture with SOTA Artist Chris Larson (Museum)
On 12/3/2014

Film Screening: Creation (Museum)
On 12/5/2014

Many nineteenth-century artists, such as Martin Johnson Heade in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection, were greatly influenced by Charles Darwin’s 1859 book, On the Origin of Species. Creation, starring Paul Bettany, is a fictionalized biographical account of Darwin’s personal struggles while he was producing his seminal work. Sponsored by Demara Titzer and Fayetteville Legacy Condominiums.
Spotlight Lecture: SOTA Artist Bob Trotman (Museum)
On 12/7/2014

Bob Trotman’s wood sculptures are often inspired by literary theater like Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot or David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Trotman will discuss his self-taught artistic approach which calls on a long history of wood carving, as well as his recent explorations in incorporating movement in his work, a nod to folk traditions such as the animatronic figures in cuckoo clocks. The artist updates this time-honored approach with references to issues that affect our everyday lives. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Arch Speaker: The Future of Frank Lloyd Wright (Museum)
On 12/10/2014

Sean Malone, the new President and CEO of the national Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, will explore the principles, artistry, and values of Frank Lloyd Wright’s body of work in terms of its relevance to our daily lives.
Phunbags Comedy Show: Chaos of Comedy (Museum)
On 12/12/2014

Join Phunbags Comedy Improv, the region's premiere short-form professional improv company, in the Great Hall for an evening comedy! Improvs will be based upon art and artists with suggestions from the audience and audience participation! Who says art isn't phunny?
Tales from the South on State of the Art (Museum)
On 12/13/2014

Join us for a special live recording for an upcoming Tales from the South radio show exploring the travel stories of Curator Chad Alligood and State of the Art artists Susan Goethel Campbell, Pam Longobardi, and other invited guest storytellers. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
SpotlightLecture:SOTA Artist Susan GoethelCampbell (Museum)
On 12/14/2014

Susan Goethel Campbell works in a variety of nature-based materials, from sod to dandelion and milkweed fluff to leaves. In her Clods and Grounds series, she repurposes post-consumer packaging in which she grows sod to the point of complete rootedness in the shape of the container. Campbell’s lecture encourages us to observe the overlooked beauty at the intersection of the natural and the manmade. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Spotlight Lecture: SOTA Artist Sonya Clark (Museum)
On 12/19/2014

Hear from Richmond, Virginia-based fiber artist Sonya Clark discuss how her art evokes tales of transformation and self discovery. The varied objects she crafts reflect a design sensibility inspired by the rhythmic improvisation inherent in the rich textile and hair traditions of Africa, Black America, and the Caribbean. Clark will tie in her State of the Art artwork, Albers Interaction Series, with her overall artistic process. Clark currently serves as Chair and Professor in the Department of Craft/Material Studies at the School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
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.
Adult Workshop with Kristen Cliffel (Museum)
On 12/21/2014

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.
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.
Adult Workshop: Prayer Beads (Museum)
On 1/11/2015

State of the Art artist Vanessa German will lead participants in producing sculptural "prayer beads" using fabric and twine to document their hopes, wishes, and concerns. You will then preserve your beads in plaster and cover them with decorative leafing. Attach your beads to a branch to create your own sculptural artifact. All materials are provided. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
Boundless: View with a Grain of Sand (Museum)
On 1/14/2015

Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. What helps make her poetry so readable is that no matter the gravity of her subject, she composes from a palette of the ordinary items and experiences of human life.
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.
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)
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.
Adult Workshop: Theatre with Autumn Knight (Museum)
On 2/7/2015

Performance artist Autumn Knight presents a workshop on theater technique through social intervention and improvisation in various spaces with the Museum. Sponsored by the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund.
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.
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.
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.
Film Series: Herb & Dorothy 50x50 (Museum)
On 2/18/2015

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.
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."
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.