In April, Crystal Bridges invites visitors to celebrate spring with a thought-provoking art symposium, distinguished speakers, multicultural celebrations, and the Border Cantos exhibition farewell.
Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border is a unique collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican American sculptor/composer Guillermo Galindo. Members are invited to a Last Look at the exhibition before it closes on April 24.
Don’t miss the Crystal Bridges Art Symposium, Art in Conversation: Environment, Identity and Memory. The program includes an opening lecture on the evening of April 7 and a full day of interchange on April 8. Both evenings follow the conversation with cocktail receptions. The symposium provides the opportunity for visitors to explore issues of identity, race, class, gender and the environment through the lens of artworks.
Visitors are invited to celebrate diversity with Crystal Bridges and experience the many ways cultures express themselves through visual arts, performance, and music. College students are invited to the Multicultural Celebration on April 2. Dance the night away with the museum’s Latin Dance Night on April 14 and continue the party with our fourth annual El Dia de los Niños on April 23, featuring entertainment by and for children, including music, dance, artmaking, and more.
Calling all Fashionistas! Join the museum for our second event in the Distinguished Speaker Series, featuring two of New York City’s most prominent art-fashion mavens, friends and collaborators Lisa Perry and Yvonne Force Villareal on April 20.
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Border Cantos Tour (February 18 through April 24)
In English: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1 pm
In Spanish: Sunday, 2 pm
A guided tour of eight works from Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border. Temporary Exhibition Gallery. American Sign Language interpretation is provided for the Collection Highlights tour the third Saturday of each month. American Sign Language interpretation for programs and tours available on request with two weeks’ notice. Call 479.418.5724 or email [email protected]. Sponsored by Loreen Arbus.
Discover the Grounds » Shiitake Mushroom Log-Inoculation
Saturday, April 1, 10 am to noon
Kick off this season of Discover the Grounds with a Shiitake mushroom log-inoculation workshop led by Sweden Creek Farm! Registration is limited, and participants will leave with their own mushroom log, as well as mushroom samples, recipe cards, and cooking suggestions. Discover Sweden Creek Farm’s 30-year history of working with local chef-owned restaurants, markets, co-ops, and distributors of Certified Organic food. All materials provided. See our website for a complete schedule of Discover the Grounds events from April to October 2017. Sponsored by Just-Us Printers. $30 ($28/Members), Register online or with Guest Services.
Teen Convening » Bentonville
Saturday, April 1, 11 am to 2:30 pm
Join Crystal Bridges’ Teen Council and other area youth organizations for this public event featuring teen presentations from regional Museums, youth performances, and a panel discussion. This independently organized Convening is affiliated with the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston (ICA) and is part of the ICA’s Teen Convening. FREE, no registration required.
Saturday, April 1, 7 to 10 pm
Don’t miss a special night just for high school students at Crystal Bridges! Enjoy live music outside on Walker Landing, a DJ and dancing, gallery activities, and more. This event is planned by the Museum’s Teen Council. Transportation for selected schools and teachers provided by Pinnacle Car Services. FREE, no registration required.
College Multicultural Celebration
Sunday, April 2, 3 to 6 pm
Experience the cultural diversity of your campus and Northwest Arkansas at Crystal Bridges during this college student gathering. Crystal Bridges invites all students to join in the festivities and celebrate the many ways cultures around the world express themselves through visual arts, performance, and music. Presented in collaboration with International Students and Scholars and the Spring International Language Center at the University of Arkansas, The Global Communities Center at Northwest Arkansas Community College, and the International Office at John Brown University. FREE, no registration required.
Yoga and Art
Monday, April 3, 6 to 7 pm
Exercise your body and mind at Crystal Bridges with Yoga and Art! Join Lynn Hancock of Yoga Story in an uplifting group class that explores different facets of vinyasa as well as various disciplines of a yoga practice. Open to all levels. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats and dress appropriately. $5 (FREE/Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Monday, April 3 and April 17, 1 to 3 pm
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 other adults at the Museum. Model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses, and longer poses. All materials are provided. $10 for non-members and $5 for Members.
Plein Air Master Class Series » Plein Air Oil Painting
Wednesday April 5, 12, and 19, 5 to 7:30 pm
Discover the beautiful landscape surrounding Crystal Bridges and many American artists who were inspired by their natural surroundings in this three-part master class on plein air oil painting with artist Peter Pohle. Each session will deepen your appreciation of artists working outdoors, with exercises in sketching and painting on the Museum grounds. All materials provided. Please dress appropriately for working outdoors. $100 ($80 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Homeschool Friday Fun » Picturing Music
Friday, April 7, 14, and 21, 2 to 3:30 pm
What color is the sound of jazz? What kind of lines dance to Beethoven? Make connections between music and art in our permanent collection, and explore the temporary exhibition Border Cantos to discover how artist Guillermo Galindo made everyday objects into musical instruments. We’ll create art inspired by music and instruments.$45/3 sessions ($36/Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Art Symposium Opening Conversation with Alice Walton and Sandy Edwards
Friday, April 7, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Crystal Bridges founder and board chair Alice Walton will discuss artworks in the Museum collection they consider transformative, either on a personal basis or for society at large.
Following the conversation, join fellow guests and symposium participants in a cocktail reception.
$10 ($8 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.Full Symposium (Includes Friday Opening Conversation and Saturday Art Symposium): $50 ($40 for Members, $20 for Students)
Crystal Bridges Art Symposium » Art in Conversation: Environment, Identity, and Memory
Saturday, April 8
This thought-provoking symposium examines the intersection of art, political discourse, and social practice. Artists, art historians, curators, students, and art enthusiasts will come together to explore issues of identity, race, class, gender, and the environment through the lens of artworks in the Crystal Bridges collection. The program includes an opening lecture on the evening of Friday, April 7, and a full day of interchange on Saturday, April 8. Panelists and speakers include Alice Walton, Ghada Amer, Sandow Birk, Erica Doss, Jeffrey Gibson, Laura Turner Igoe, Pam Longobardi, Claudiia Mesch, Nathalie Miebach, Nari Ward, and Michael Waugh. Visit our website for a full schedule.$40 ($32 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Full Symposium (Includes Friday Opening Conversation and Saturday Art Symposium): $50 ($40 for Members, $20 for Students)
Preschool Art Class » Art Detectives
Saturday, April 8, 15, and 22, 10:30 am to 12 pm
Calling all art sleuths! Break out the magnifying glasses and take a closer look at art in the permanent collection. Each Saturday, solve a new mystery in the gallery and create magnificent, mysterious art projects in the studio.$30/3 sessions ($24 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Saturday, April 8, 9 to 11 am
Artshare is a fun event for youth with autism and their families ages five and older. The Museum will open early for families to explore the galleries, participate in hands-on activities, and create art. Questions? Call 479.418.5724 or email [email protected]. Sponsored by Loreen Arbus. FREE, register online or with Guest Services.
Artinfusion Excursions » Linda Lopez + Mathew McConnell
Saturday, April 8, 3 to 5 pm
Explore the studios of State of the Art artist Linda Lopez and her husband, artist Mathew McConnell. Visit the home of these two acclaimed ceramicists for a one-of-a-kind experience to see how two creative minds invigorate and challenge one another.Enjoy special access to creative spaces around Northwest Arkansas. Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, The Hershey Company, Wright Lindsey Jennings, and Blue Moon Brewing Company. FREE to artinfusion Members, register online or with Guest Services.
Adult Workshop » Social Documentary Photography
Sunday, April 9, 1 to 5 pm
John Brown University Associate Professor Neal Holland presents this digital photography workshop on social documentary. Holland has lead photojournalism trips for JBU students in countries such as Fiji, New Zealand, and Guatemala, focusing on photography and social justice. Cameras will not be provided; please bring your own digital SLR camera and laptop. The workshop will begin with a presentation on social documentary photography, concluding with a light photo excursion. $20 ($16 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Monday, April 10 and 24, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Creative Connections is a program for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or related dementia and their care partners. Museum Educators facilitate interactive discussions of artworks in the galleries followed by hands-on art activities in the studio. No prior experience is required! Refreshments and art materials provided. Presented in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education. Sponsored by Loreen Arbus. FREE, advance registration through the Alzheimer’s Association required. To register, contact the Alzheimer’s Association by calling 479.273.5559 or [email protected].
Figure Drawing from the Nude Model
Wednesday, April 12 and April 26, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Join us on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for this adult figure drawing class with a nude model. 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 on the first and third Mondays of each month, and are open to participants ages 14 and up.) $10 ($5 for Members)
Artinfusion Insights » Octavio Logo
Wednesday, April 12, 7 to 9 pm
Artinfusion Insights bring the arts directly into your world through exclusive encounters with artists and creative professionals—all with a dash of Crystal Bridges hospitality (meaning complimentary appetizers and discounted cocktails, of course). Octavio Logo, talented artist and friend of artinfusion, will return to Crystal Bridges for an exciting Insight in which Members can join an artmaking experience. Gather with fellow artinfusion Members for this special evening that will also include an exclusive talk in the Border Cantos exhibition.Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, The Hershey Company, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Blue Moon Brewing Company, and JTH Productions. FREE to artinfusion Members, register online or with Guest Services.
Thursday, April 13, 1 to 2 pm and 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 15, 20 and 29, 1 to 2 pm
Join curators, artists, writers, musicians, and more for stimulating conversations and performances in the permanent collection and Temporary Exhibition galleries. Visit the website for more information on speakers and topics each month.
Preschool Playdate » Sculpture
Thursday, April 13, 11:30 am to 2 pm
Strike a pose, or freeze like a statue to celebrate sculpture in this Preschool Playdate! Enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by sculptures in our permanent collection. FREE, no registration required. Sponsored by Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee, and the Segal Family Foundation.
Latin Dance Night
Friday, April 14, 8 to 11 pm
Dance the night away in the beautiful setting of the Great Hall with a Latin fusion band, followed by a DJ! Special thanks to the Hispanic Latino Associate Resource Group. Sponsored by Univision Arkansas. FREE with registration
Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
The Great Reveal » Surveying the Border
Glimpse the history of the Mexican-American border through the Library’s set of original 1857 surveys establishing the boundary line after the Mexican-American War. Published by a joint Mexican-American commission, these reports document not only the area’s geography, but also its local customs and natural history with many color illustrations. FREE, no registration required.
Wednesday Over Water (WOW) » The Power of “And”
Wednesday, April 19, 6 to 7 pm
Please join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero and Chief Engagement Officeer, Niki Stewart as they discuss the works, ideas, and collaborations that have great value than the sum of their parts. You’ll enjoy delicious discussion that explores the connections between art and food. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Premier Dermatology. $40 ($32 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Art & English » English Language Learner Program
April 20, 6 to 7:30 pm
Are you interested in practicing conversational English while learning about American art, history, and culture? Then join us for Art & English! During this evening program, a Museum Educator encourages adult English language learners to practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English while discussing works of art in the galleries. Children of participants are invited to join the gallery conversation or make an art project in the studios. All levels of English language learners welcome! FREE, register by emailing [email protected].
Member Meet & Greet » Fashionistas Lisa Perry and Yvonne Force Villareal
Thursday, April 20, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Join us for a special Members-only opportunity to meet two of New York City’s most prominent art-fashion mavens: Lisa Perry and Yvonne Force Villareal. Curate your own wardrobe inspired by artwork, and then enjoy getting to know these two stylish artists in this Meet & Greet prior to their Distinguished Speaker lecture. Separate tickets are required for the lecture. FREE, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line.
Distinguished Speakers » Fashionistas Lisa Perry and Yvonne Force Villareal
Thursday, April 20, 7 to 8 pm
Join us for a conversation between two of New York City’s most prominent art-fashion mavens, friends and collaborators Lisa Perry and Yvonne Force Villareal. Designer Lisa Perry is a style fixture who continually takes her appreciation of the design of the 60s to new heights. She blends her love of vintage fashion with her love of collecting pop art, including works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Yvonne Force Villareal is the co-founder of the Art Production Fund, an organization that commissions ambitious public art projects with the aim of reaching wider audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art. The fund works to reduce the physical as well as the psychic distance of cultural, class, linguistic, racial, and income barriers that may hinder participation in contemporary art. Following the lecture, there will be a signing featuring designs by Perry and Force Villareal. $10 ($8 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by Del Monte Foods, Inc.
Art by the Glass » Found Objects
Friday, April 21, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Create an original work of art in this social class that pairs wine with an art project! Using a variety of found objects and materials, create three-dimensional works of art inspired by the musical sculptures of Guillermo Galindo in the temporary exhibition Border Cantos. All materials plus two glasses of wine and light appetizers provided. $55 ($44 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Saturday, April 22, 10 to 11 am
Oh, baby! Join us for this special program for the Museum’s youngest visitors: infants age 3 to 24 months and a caregiver. Spend time in the galleries looking at and talking to your baby about art before enjoying 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; they need 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.
Studio Squad » Ordinary to Extraordinary (Ages 10 to 13)
Saturday, April 22, 10:30 am to noon
Studio Squad programs are designed for middle school and junior high students! What can you do with a raggedy shoe or an old chair? Discover how artist Guillermo Galindo took ordinary objects and turned them into extraordinary works of art in the temporary exhibition Border Cantos. Back in the studio, use found objects to create an extraordinary sculpture of your own.
Sponsored by Rui J.P. de Figueiredo, Jr. and Natalia Ferretti and Nickelodeon. FREE, no registration required.
El Dia de los Niños
Sunday, April 23, noon to 5 pm
Celebrate the cultures and creativity of children throughout our community during this fun day! Our fourth annual El Dia de los Niños will feature entertainment by and for children, including music, dance, artmaking, and more. Free and great for all ages!
Sponsored by Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee and Rockline Industries. FREE, no registration required.
Member Last Look » Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border
Monday, April 24, 9 to 11 am
Crystal Bridges Members are invited to enjoy Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border one last time during these special gallery hours reserved for YOU! American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican American sculptor/composer Guillermo Galindo use the power of art to explore the complex issues surrounding the United States-Mexico border. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this thought-provoking exhibition! FREE, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line.
Nari Ward, We the People (black version), 2015
shoelaces, 96 in. × 27ft. © Nari Ward / Licensed by Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY