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February at Crystal Bridges includes: A New Exhibition, Valentines Events, and More

In February, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites visitors to explore Border Cantos, the newest temporary exhibition, enjoy Valentine’s-related events, and participate in a variety of art programs.

Love is in the air! Join artinfusion for the fifth annual Black Hearts Ball on February 11 for music performances by Groovement and Mobley, as well as food, drink, and a unique art experience. For families, the museum is offering a FREE I Art Family Sunday on February 12 with hands-on activities, music, and more.

The newest temporary exhibition brings a unique collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo. Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border, on view February 18-April 24, 2017, harnesses the power of art to explore, share, and humanize the complex issues surrounding the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. Crystal Bridges offers a wide variety of programs inspired by the exhibition, including the free Opening Exhibition Lecture with Richard Misrach on February 17 as well as an in-gallery performance with Guillermo Galindo  on February 23 and Performance Lab by Galindo on February 24.

Border Cantos school tours, recommended for grades 3-12, are now available to book and will begin on February 22. Teachers can learn how to engage students of all grades and subjects through a variety of FREE school tours.

STAY IN THE KNOW! Log in or create an account to customize your eNewsletters based on your interests. A full listing of February programs is below. Information and registration are available on Crystal Bridges’ calendar of events.

Gallery Conversation » Umoja Soul
Saturday, February 4, 1 to 2 pm
Join Leora Jackson and members of the poetic justice group Umoja Soul for an afternoon of poetry performances in celebration of Black History Month. Poetry selections include James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen, Amiri Baraka, Rita Dove, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes and more. Free, no registration required.

Figure Drawing
Monday, February 6 and 20, 1 to 3 pm
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 other adults at the Museum. A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses and longer poses. All materials are provided. $10 ($5/Members), register online or with Guest Services.

Yoga and Art
Monday, February 6, 6 to 7 pm
Seek gratitude and see the gift in all things. Yoga Story’s Lynn Hancock leads this uplifting group experience uniting the power of art with the beauty of nature. $5 (FREE/Members), register online or with Guest Services.

Figure Drawing from the Nude Model
Wednesday, February 8 and 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses and longer poses. Participants must be 18 or older. (Note:  Figure Drawing sessions with a clothed model are offered each month, and are open to participants ages 14 and up. Visit crystalbridges.org for more info.) $10 ($5/Members), register online or with Guest Services.

Preschool Playdate » Love Bugs
Thursday, February 9, 11:30 am to 2 pm
Share the day with your favorite love bug! Create a special Valentine and enjoy story time and creative play inspired by the art we love and Valentine’s Day. FREE, no registration required.

Gallery Conversation » What’s New?
Thursday, February 9, 1 to 2 pm and 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Join our curators in the afternoon and evening for an exploration of what’s new on the latest art acquisitions and recent installations in the galleries! In this Gallery Conversation, Curatorial Assistant Alejo Benedetti will discuss Alice Neel’s portrait of actor Hugh Hurd. Space is limited; please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early for a good view!  FREE, no registration required

Homeschool Friday Fun » Wonderful Words
Friday, February 10, 17, and 24, 2 to 3:30 pm
Discover the connections between words and art in our permanent collection. Create stories and poems and turn them into mixed-media art projects using watercolor, paint pens, and collage. $45/3 sessions ($36/Members), register online or with Guest Services.

Preschool Art Class » Dots and Stripes! (Ages 3 to 5 with an adult)
Saturday, February 11, 18, and 25, 10:30 am to noon
Polka-dots, stripes, and chevrons! Explore pretty patterns in our permanent collection.  Have fun making your own patterns back in the studio using paint, stickers, and collage materials. $30/3 sessions ($24/Members), register online or with Guest Services.

Black Hearts Ball
Saturday, February 11, 9 pm to midnight
Join with artinfusion as we set fire to the standard Valentine’s Day tradition with our fifth annual Black Hearts Ball at Crystal Bridges! Leave the rom-coms at home this year for a night of Museum adventures and off-the-wall encounters with art and performance. Come prepared to bust a move with live music in Eleven, when you’re not exploring the galleries that is! Have your first drink and nosh on us, then visit our cash bars. Must be 21+ to attend.

Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, The Hershey Company, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Blue Moon Brewing Company, and JTH Productions. $45 (FREE/artinfusion Members), register online or with Guest Services.

Family Sunday » I Art
Sunday, February 12, noon to 5 pm
Mark your calendars for our fifth annual I Art Family Sunday! Bring your loved ones to Crystal Bridges to enjoy music and hands-on fun. You’ll LOVE what we have planned for this event! Sponsored by Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust; Bank of America, N.A. Trustee; Procter & Gamble; Rockline Industries; and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. FREE, no registration required.

Gallery Conversation » Love Letters from the Permanent Collection
Monday, February 13, 1 to 2 pm
Discover tales of love, passion, and art from the permanent collection with Curator Mindy Besaw in this Valentine’s-themed Gallery Conversation. FREE, no registration required.

SOLD OUT Wednesday Over Water (WOW) » Love Lost
Wednesday, February 15, 6 to 7 pm
Join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero and special guests will discuss images of lost love in art as you eat to your heart’s content. $40($32/Members), register online or with Guest Services. Sponsored by Premier Dermatology and Riedel Glassware.

The Great Reveal » Garden Pictures
Thursday, February 16, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Shake off winter’s chill with Childe Hassam’s botanical illustrations in the first edition of Celia Thaxter’s An Island Garden. Enjoy a close view of this beautiful work and other inspiring garden images from the Library’s rare book collection. FREE, no registration required.

Member Preview » Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border
Friday, February 17, 9 am to 9 pm
Members are invited to a Members-only Preview of the temporary exhibition Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border. In this exhibit American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo collaborate to explore, share, and humanize the complex issues surrounding the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. Presented in English and Spanish, Border Cantos transforms these complex issues into resonant works of art, inviting us to bridge boundaries and initiate conversations. FREE, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line.

Member Meet & Greet » Richard Misrach
Friday, February 17, 6 to 6:30 pm
Members are invited to a Meet & Greet with Border Cantos artist Richard Misrach prior to the Opening Exhibition Lecture beginning at 7 p.m. Plan your day: preview the temporary exhibition in the afternoon, join Members at 6 p.m. for an opportunity to meet Misrach, then stick around for the lecture in which Misrach will discuss his photography from the Mexican-American border. FREE, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line. Separate registration is required for the Opening Exhibition Lecture.

Studio Squad » Calligraphy
Friday, February 17, 6:30 to 8 pm
Learn to make lovely letters in a class just for middle and junior high students! Create greeting cards as well as art that is perfect to hang on your wall.

Sponsored by Rui J.P. de Figueiredo, Jr. and Natalia Ferretti and Nickelodeon. FREE, no registration required.

Opening Exhibition Lecture » Richard Misrach on Border Cantos
Friday, February 17, 7 to 8 pm
In this opening lecture, photographer Richard Misrach will provide an overview about the artistic process of the exhibition, Border Cantos, and the collaboration with artist Guillermo Galindo. The lecture will feature commentary on his photography while discussing inspirations found on the Mexican-American border, the stories he collected from migrating peoples, and the role of art in political discourse. FREE, register online or with Guest Services.

Member Preview » Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border
Saturday, February 18, 9 to 10 am
Members are invited to a Members-only Preview of the temporary exhibition Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border. In this exhibit American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo collaborate to explore, share, and humanize the complex issues surrounding the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. Presented in English and Spanish, Border Cantos transforms these complex issues into resonant works of art, inviting us to bridge boundaries and initiate conversations. FREE, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line.

Gallery Experience » Walkthrough with Border Cantos artists Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo
Saturday, February 18, 1 to 2 pm
Join the artists of Border Cantos as they discuss the art, collaboration, and stories behind the exhibition. Space is limited. FREE, no registration required.

Gallery Experience » Guillermo Galindo Concert
Thursday, February 23, 1 to 2 pm and 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Join artist Guillermo Galindo for this special in-gallery performance with one of his musical instruments fashioned from items found on the Mexican-American border. This exclusive performance will take you deeper into the sounds of Border Cantos and will feature a series of short performances and discussion with the artist. Space is limited. 

College Hangout » Up Close with Border Cantos
Thursday, February 23, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
College students are invited to attend an in-gallery performance by Guillermo Galindo, one of the two featured artists in the newly opened Border Cantos exhibition. Experience Galindo’s exploration of the difficult physical and emotional realities of the Mexican-American border through sound and then stay after the performance for an in-depth look at the art. FREE to all area college students. Special thanks to the College Ambassador Program. Register online or with Guest Services. Sponsored by Stephen and Claudia Strange.

DISH
Thursday, February 23, 6 to 7:30 pm
Please join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero as he hosts a lively, insightful dialog between women iconoclasts in both the culinary and art worlds. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Arvest Bank and Briar Rose Bakery. $35 ($28/Members), register online or with Guest Services.

Artinfusion Insight » Guillermo Galindo
Friday, February 24, 6 to 7 pm
Artinfusion Members are invited to a special pre-show experience with artist Guillermo Galindo before his performance in the Great Hall. Galindo, whose work is featured in Crystal Bridges’ temporary exhibition Border Cantos, presents the emotionally charged realities of the Mexican-American border through sculpture and nonlinear music.

Exclusive to artinfusion Members, register online or with Guest Services. Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, The Hershey Company, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Blue Moon Brewing Company, and JTH Productions.

Art by the Glass » Cold Connection
Friday, February 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Learn techniques of creating wearable art in this class that pairs wine with jewelry making!  $55 ($44/Members), register online or with Guest Services.

Performance Lab » Circular Calls/Resonant Shadows Quartet by Guillermo Galindo
Friday, February 24, 7 to 9 pm
Guillermo Galindo’s quartet ensemble Circular Calls/Resonant Shadows will perform using the instruments made from items found on the Mexican-American border. The ensemble includes Galindo on string, percussion, and wind instruments; Paula Cekola on percussion and wind instruments; Joel Davel on percussion; and Tom Dambly on wind and percussion instruments. Artinfusion Members are invited to an exclusive artinfusion Insight with the artist from 6 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Demara Titzer, and JTH Productions. $10 ($8/Members), register online or with Guest Services.

NEW CB Babies (Infants ages 3 months to 24 months)
Saturday, February 25, 10 to 11 am
Oh baby! Join us for this special program for the Museum’s youngest visitors: infants ages 3 months to 24 months and a caregiver! Spend time in the galleries looking at and talking to your baby about art then enjoy sensory playtime! We’ll visit new artwork and make new discoveries together each month! Make sure you are able to hold your baby or have them in a front carrier; your baby needs to see and physically react to the artworks. This is a time to bond with your baby, so please make other arrangements for any siblings. $10 ($8/Members), register online or with Guest Services.

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