Spring is in bloom at Crystal Bridges as the museum offers programming for all ages inspired by female artists as part of Women’s History Month, the beauty of nature in combination with art, and the museum’s current temporary exhibition, Men of Steel, Women of Wonder.
Visit Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, featuring art-world responses to Superman and Wonder Woman by over 50 artists. Tickets to the exhibition can be purchased here. The exhibition is also accompanied by a full roster of March programs.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Crystal Bridges will be recognizing the talents and contributions of female artists to the canon through a series of discussions, talks, and more, highlighting “wonder women” artists from Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, and beyond.
Artists Dara Birnbaum and Sarah Hill, both featured in Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, will come together in an evening of art and dialogue about gender, identity, Wonder Woman, and more. The evening will begin with a screening of Birnbaum’s work Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, followed by a moderated discussion between Birnbaum (who will join via Skype) and Hill. Concluding the evening will be a special live performance with Sarah Hill of They Wonder. The event is free, seats can be reserved here.
Visual artist, composer, musician, film director, and writer Laurie Anderson will be in conversation at Crystal Bridges on March 22 as part of the museum’s 2019 Distinguished Speaker Series. She is well known for her 1980 hit, O’ Superman, which is also featured in Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. On the evening before (March 21), there will be a free screening of Anderson’s film, Heart of a Dog. Tickets and more information for the Distinguished Speaker Series may be purchased here.
Art in Bloom, Crystal Bridges’ annual celebration of the power of art combined with the beauty of nature, will take place March 15-19. Local florists will display floral arrangements next to works of art in the permanent galleries. The weekend will also feature live demonstrations, workshops, and talks throughout the day.
Spring Break Specials will offer family-friendly games and activities to welcome spring every afternoon at the museum from March 16-24. Every afternoon is free, no registration required.
David Levinthal: Barbie and Baseball is a new, free, focus exhibition now on view. Photographer David Levinthal created large photographs of immaculately styled Barbie dolls and plastic baseball figurines are posed in a way that makes them look real. These photographs, recently gifted to Crystal Bridges, will be on display for the first time, located in the Early American Art Gallery, through August 2019.
Wheelchair seating is accessible at all programs. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is offered at all Distinguished Speaker Lectures and at the Collection Highlights tour on the third Saturday of each month. Based on availability, ASL is available for all programs and tours upon advanced request. Please contact [email protected] or 479.657.2415 to schedule. Relay or voice calls are welcome.
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Film, Performance, and Discussion » Dara Birnbaum and Sarah Hill
Friday, March 8, 7 to 8:30 pm
Join us for a special evening with acclaimed artists Dara Birnbaum and Sarah Hill, both included in the exhibition Men of Steel, Woman of Wonder. The evening will begin with a screening of Birnbaum’s work Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, followed by a moderated discussion between Birnbaum and Hill on gender, identity, and art. Concluding the evening will be a special live performance with Sarah Hill of They Wonder. Free, no registration required.
SOLD OUT Studio Squad » Comic Drawing
Saturday, March 9, 4 to 5:30 pm
Come learn how to make your stories POP in this comic drawing workshop! After visiting our special exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, create your own character and draw a scene using comic-artist styles and techniques.
Sponsored by Nickelodeon.
Free, register online or with Guest Services
CR(EAT)E » Wente Vineyards
Sunday, March 10, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Tonight’s CR(EAT)E will feature a menu curated by Chef William McCormick celebrating wines from Wente Vineyards, the country’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. $105 ($84/members), register online or with Guest Services.
Monday, March 11 & 25; April 8 & 22, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Join us for Creative Connections, a program for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or 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 art experience is required! Refreshments and art materials are provided. Free, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 479.273.5559 or [email protected] to register.
Meditation and Mindfulness » Untitled by Joan Mitchell
Monday, March 11, 1 to 2 pm
This session will begin with a guided meditation with Anna Peterson, and held in front of the artwork Untitled by Joan Mitchell. Don’t worry about bringing your own yoga mats – Crystal Bridges will provide them! Free, no registration required.
Bentonville Community Center Class » Costume Creation | Siri Kaur
Monday, March 11, 3 to 4 pm; 4:30 to 5:30 pm; 6 to 7 pm
This March, Art Instructors from Crystal Bridges help you explore a new art exhibition: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. Use shiny paper, markers, and staples to craft a superhero suit.
Book Club » Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye and Scott Brick
Wednesday, March 13, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Join our Book Club! Read books that will pull you into current exhibitions by informing, entertaining and making the art come alive. Free, no registration required.
Figure Drawing from the Nude Model
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Join us in the studio for an evening of drawing from a live 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. $10 ($5/members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Preschool Playdate » Superhero Showdown
Thursday, March 14, 11:30 am to 2 pm
Enjoy a preschool gallery tour, costume creation, and imaginative play inspired by our hero-filled special exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. Playdate starts with a performance in the Great Hall. Free, no registration required.
Gallery Conversation » Comic Artist Aaron Kuder
Thursday, March 14, 1 pm
Meet DC and Marvel Comic artist and writer Aaron Kuder for a conversation about the new exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. As an artist for prominent comic book publications including Action Comics, Kuder will discuss his approach as an artist and writer to some of America’s beloved heroes, including Superman and Wonder Woman. The talk is Free, but a ticket to Men of Steel, Woman of Wonder is required.
Art & English
Thursday, March 14, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Adult English language learners are encouraged to practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing English while discussing artworks in the galleries. Children of participants are invited to join the gallery discussion or make an art project with an art instructor in the studios during the program. Free. To register, email LiteracyPrograms@CrystalBridges.org
SOLD OUT Art by the Glass » Art Bouquets with Bloom Floral
Friday, March 15, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
In celebration of our Spring Art in Bloom weekend, create a small floral arrangement in the studios inspired by a work of art in our permanent collection, led by designers from Bloom Floral. Each participant will leave with their own arrangement. All materials, plus a glass of wine or beer and light appetizers are provided. $30 ($26/members), register online or with Guest Services.
Art in Bloom
Friday, March 15 to Monday, March 18
Experience the museum as it comes alive for spring during our Art in Bloom weekend! Tour the permanent collection where local florists will display floral arrangements inspired by magnificent works of art. The weekend will feature live demonstrations, workshops, and talks uniting the power of art and the beauty of nature. Free, no registration required.
Spring Break Specials
Saturday, March 16 to Sunday, March 24, 1 to 4 pm
Spend your Spring Break afternoons at the museum! Welcome spring with fun and free artmaking, activities, and performances all week. Check the online schedule for details. Free, no registration required.
SOLD OUT Adult Workshop » Ikebana: Japanese Flower Workshop
Saturday, March 16, 1 to 4 pm
Learn the art of Japanese flower arrangement with Dr. Chikako Usui, a certified instructor of the Ikenobo School of Ikebana in Japan. You will use seasonal materials to create your very own Ikebana arrangement to take home. $55/$44 for members, register online or with Guest Services.
Bentonville Community Center Class » Action-Figure Sculptures | Simon Monk
Monday, March 18, 3 to 4 pm; 4:30 to 5:30 pm; 6 to 7 pm
This March, Art Instructors from Crystal Bridges help you explore a new art exhibition: Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. Sculpt a tiny heroic action figure, then create a super-hero profile for your little crime-fighter (or villain)!
Monday, March 18, 1 to 3 pm
Join us in the studio for an afternoon of figure drawing at the museum. A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter, warm-up poses and longer poses. $10 ($5/members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Film: Heart of a Dog by Laurie Anderson
Thursday, March 21, 7 to 9 pm
In anticipation of Laurie Anderson’s Distinguished Speaker event on Friday, March 22, we will be screening her award-winning film, Heart of a Dog, which centers on the artist’s remembrances of her late, beloved piano-playing and finger-painting dog Lolabelle. Free, register online or with Guest Services.
Distinguished Speaker Series » Laurie Anderson
Friday, March 22, 7 to 8 pm
Laurie Anderson is a visual artist, composer, musician, film director, and writer who has pushed disciplinary boundaries in American art for over four decades. O’ Superman, included in the exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, launched Anderson’s recording career in 1980. $15 ($12 for members, $5 for students), register online or with Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
SOLD OUT Discover the Grounds » Creating a Backyard Habitat
Saturday, March 23, 10 to 11:30 am
Led by Horticulturist Cody George, discover the basics of creating your own backyard habitat (no matter the size), ideal for attracting wildlife and pollinators! The program will conclude with a tour of selected areas of the garden. Free, register online or with Guest Services.
Gallery Conversation » Opera Fayetteville
Saturday, March 23, 1 pm
Join Opera Fayetteville in our Contemporary Art Gallery as they perform excerpts from their upcoming production of Dark Sisters by contemporary composer, Nico Muhly. Following the performance, stick around for a short Q&A with the performers. Free, no registration required.
Bentonville Community Center Class » Comic Collage Posters | Norman Rockwell
Monday, March 25, 3 to 4 pm; 4:30 to 5:30 pm; 6 to 7 pm
Learn more about the origin stories of Wonder Woman and Superman. Flip through tons of comics to cut and glue your favorites onto your collage posters.
High South Moments
Wednesday, March 27, 6 to 7:30 pm
Inspired by our popular WOW programs, High South Moments invites you to experience the ingredients and flavors of the Ozark region. Enjoy appetizers and drinks as you experience the culture and cuisine of the region. $38 ($30/members), register online or with Guest Services.
Wednesday Series » Men of Steel, Women of Wonder
Wednesday, March 27, 6 to 8 pm
In this two hour gallery experience we will look in depth at a few works of art in our special exhibition, Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, using strategies designed to help audiences of all ages to engage with these difficult topics. 2 hours of PD credit available. $10 ($8 members)/ Register online or by calling Guest Services.
Artinfusion Happy Hour
Thursday, March 28, 5:30 to 7 pm
Join us in Eleven at the servery for happy hour after a long work day. Have a drink, meet new people, reconnect with others and learn about some fun things coming up at the museum, including a chance to meet Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week designers on April 3.
Superhero Film Series » Wonder Woman (2017)
Thursday, March 28, 7 to 10 pm
Join us for a screening of the 2017 film, Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot. Afterwards, take part in a fun conversation about the characters, plot, and other elements of the film that represent today’s perception of Wonder Woman. Free with online registration.
Arkansas New Plays Festival
Friday, March 29, 6:30 to 9 pm
Saturday, March 30, 11 am, 2 pm & 4:30 pm
More than 50 professional artists will collaborate to present four never-before-seen works as staged readings, with performances at Crystal Bridges March 29-30 and at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville April 4-7. More information and passes available here.
Family Access Night
Friday, March 29, 6 to 8 pm
Family Access Night is a fun night out for families impacted by disability to visit the museum. Youth with disabilities and their families participate in engaging activities including gallery tours, studio art activities, and performances by local entertainers. The event is free, and pre-registration is encouraged. Questions? Call 479.657.2415 or email [email protected]. Free, register online or with Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Saturday, March 30, 10 to 11:30 am
Join us for this special program for the museum’s youngest visitors: infants ages 3 to 24 months with a caregiver. You’ll spend time in the galleries looking at and talking to your baby about art before enjoying sensory playtime. $10 per baby, free tickets for 1-2 adults per baby ($8/members), register online or with Guest Services.
SOLD OUT Family Nature Workshop » Tree Detectives
Saturday, March 30, 10:30 am to 12 pm
Explore the trees on the Crystal Bridges trails! Learn tree identification, bark rubbings, and create tree ring art! Free, register online or with Guest Services.
Artinfusion Excursion » RXH + 1907
Saturday, March 30, 3 to 5 pm
Join us in downtown Rogers for a mid-afternoon exploration beginning at the Rogers Experimental House where we’ll hear from members of the RXH team about some of their unique offerings. From there, take a quick walk over to the newly renovated 1907 building for a fun and engaging tour. Light bites and beverages will be provided. Free to Artinfusion members.