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3 Things You Can’t Miss at Crystal Bridges This Fall

We are offering three unforgettable experiences this fall that will illuminate the ways in which our guests interact with art! A new permanent acquisition (Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room), a new exhibition (Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today), and a brand new forest experience (North Forest Lights), all open at Crystal Bridges this October.

Scroll down to learn more about each unique offering and plan your next trip to the museum today!

 

1. Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room

Member Preview open now | Opens to the public October 2

You may have seen some pictures of this new permanent installation on your Instagram feed. See below to watch a video of the room taken by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Become a member today to view the room during the Member Preview, now through September 30. The installation will open to the public beginning October 2.

The great thing about this experience is that this installation is part of the museum’s permanent collection, meaning that it is here to stay for the foreseeable future!

Learn more about artist Yayoi Kusama here and learn more about the Infinity Mirrored Room here.

 

2. Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today

Now Open through January 6, 2020

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

It probably makes sense that an art museum called Crystal Bridges would inevitably create an exhibition dealing with crystals. It might be indicative in today’s world to associate crystals with new-age healing techniques and Romancing the Stone, but people have been fascinated with crystals since the beginning of time, including artists!

Crystals in Art explores the relationship that crystals and art have endured for millennia. The scope of this exhibition ranges from ancient objects from Ancient Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, to contemporary artworks created in the past few years. The exhibition features objects and artists from across the world, beyond American art, to understand the full story of crystal and the various roles the element played throughout the course of history.

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Several well-known artists are featured in this exhibition including Andy Warhol, Marina Abramovic, Ai Weiwei, Alexis Arnold, Olafur Eliasson, Cindy Sherman, and more.

There are a wide variety of art mediums in this show beyond art shaped from crystal, including paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Even if you’re not into rocks, we have something for you!

This exhibition also has a special connection to our home state. Arkansas is the only place in North America where quartz crystal is mined. Crystals in Art offers an appreciation for crystals found in Arkansas, including several specimens found and mined in the state.

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

This exhibition will only be seen at Crystal Bridges, so make your plans to visit this fall between October 12 and January 6, 2020! 

 

3. North Forest Lights


Now Open through February 16, 2020

This experience is going to be so unique, I don’t even know how to describe it, but I’ll attempt it. North Forest Lights is a nighttime, multimedia experience in the middle of the North Forest unlike anything Crystal Bridges has ever done before. Five distinct installations will bring the soul and rhythm of the forest to life with light, sound, and sensory effects for a captivating, unforgettable adventure.

The experience was created exclusively for Crystal Bridges by Montreal-based multimedia entertainment studio, Moment Factory (they’re pretty rad). Moment Factory created and designed this experience specifically for Crystal Bridges using the environment of the museum’s surrounding forest to come up with the five themes.

North Forest Lights at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Courtesy of Moment Factory.

North Forest Lights is chock-full of magical photo opportunities, which will also make for stunning Instagram posts. It is a family-friendly experience, suitable for all ages, and it’s also a great opportunity to share a new experience with friends, on a date, or by yourself.

To be clear, this is not a Christmas light show, but rather a show that uses light and music to create mind-blowing, unique experiences and help us to reconnect with nature.

Coffee, hot cocoa, snacks and more will be available for purchase in North Forest Lights which will be located in the first loop of the North Forest. The experience will be open in the evening hours, after sunset.

North Forest Lights will not be traveling to any other locations and cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world, so make your plans to visit and get your Instagram ready!

North Forest Lights at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Courtesy of Moment Factory.

 

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