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Crystal Bridges Offers Speakers, Concerts, and the Final Weeks of Summer Exhibitions in September

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers a full list of programs for all ages, including a Distinguished Speaker lecture, a Van Cliburn concert, and the final weeks of the museum’s two summer exhibitions, Nature’s Nation and Color Field.

September is the last month to see the museum’s temporary summer exhibitions, Nature’s Nation and Color Field. Nature’s Nation, an exhibition featuring 300 years of evolving ideas about the natural world, will be open through September 9. Color Field, an outdoor exhibition of large-scale sculptures in the North Forest, will be open through September 30. For tickets and more information, visit the Summer at Crystal Bridges page.

A new, free focus exhibition, A Walk in the Woods will open on August 31 through March 10, 2020. The exhibition was developed by Crystal Bridges assistant curator Alejo Benedetti, and features artists such as Patrick Jacobs, Neil Welliver, and more. A Walk in the Woods reveals various ways to interact with the forest, based on season or purpose for entering.

The Van Cliburn Concert Series returns this fall with a special performance of Holes in the Sky, written by trailblazing pianist Lara Downes, on Sunday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. In Holes in the Sky, Downes offers a tribute to phenomenal women in American music such as Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Arkansas native Florence B. Price, and more, with special guests Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano, who will perform vocal selections from the featured artists, and harpist Bridget Kibbey. Tickets are available here.

The 2019 Distinguished Speaker Series will be hosting Tonya Lewis Lee on Friday, September 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. Producer, writer, entrepreneur, advocate, and art collector with her husband Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee has sought to entertain, educate, inspire and encourage positive healthy lifestyle choices and outcomes through storytelling online, in books, film, and television. During this Distinguished Speaker lecture, Lee will discuss the power and impact of art and images to inspire social justice. Tickets are available here.

Crystal Bridges will say farewell to Color Field with an Art Night Out party in the North Forest on Friday, September 27. The evening will be with site-specific performances, a main music stage featuring headliner Arkansauce and interactive percussion show by Arx Duo, and a colorful explosion of artmaking activities. Art Night Out is open to all ages and is free for everyone with registration. Register here.

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.

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

Skyspace Nights » Star Party 
Wednesday, September 4, 8 to 10 pm 

The Star Party will begin at sunset with a special talk inside James Turrell’s Skyspace: The Way of Color, followed by a chance to look through telescopes, chat with astronomers from Sugar Creek Astronomy Club, and engage with activities inspired by the night sky. Free, no registration required.

Forest Fun » Fibonacci in the Forest
Thursday, September 5, 5:30 to 7 pm
Join us for discovery and artmaking as we explore symmetry, the golden ratio, gravity, geometry, and of course, the Fibonacci sequence! Free, no registration required.

Color Field Film Series » The Wizard of Oz
Thursday, September 5, 8 to 10 pm
Join us in the additional parking lot for a screening of The Wizard of Oz and see how the film’s cinematography connects to Color Field. Film Series sponsored by Demara Titzer. Free, registration required.

Discover the Grounds » Pawpaws with Andrew Moore
Saturday, September 7, 10 to 11:30 am
Join us for a presentation with Andrew Moore on this unique fruit species, the pawpaw. The program will conclude with a walk on our grounds and a signing of Andrew’s 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominee book, Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit. Sponsored by Blue Rhino. Free, register online or with Guest Services.

Discover the Grounds Workshop » Pawpaw Ice Cream with Andrew Moore
Saturday, September 7, 1 to 4 pm
Learn how to process, prepare, and create homemade ice cream with the native pawpaw fruit! Led by Andrew Moore, this workshop will feature step-by-step instructions on how to create the ice cream, and the program will conclude with a tasting. Sponsored by Blue Rhino. $30 ($24 for members), register online or with Guest Services.

College Day
Sunday, September 8, 2 to 6 pm
All college students are welcome to join us at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for an afternoon of art, live music, and free food. Live music will include Vanimal Kingdom, Sean Fresh, Honey Collective, and the UA Opera Theater. Registration includes free tickets to Color Field and Nature’s Nation, and there will also be a variety of DIY make-and-take art activities available. Free with online registration, register online or with Guest Services.

CR(EAT)E » The Taste of Music
Sunday, September 8, 6:30 to 9 pm
This evening, Edible Culture’s Case Dighero hosts an entertaining, informative multi-coursed dinner with drink pairings, featuring Jason Miller of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and Jason Willems of Diamond Beverage Group. APO musicians will perform works inspired by each course, illuminating the connections between food, drink and music. $105 ($84/members), register online or with Guest Services.

Meditation and Mindfulness » Windchimes by Sam Falls 
Monday, September 9, 1 to 2 pm
Take a break from your busy life and visit Crystal Bridges for rejuvenation in these guided meditation and mindfulness programs, surrounded by the beauty of art and nature. Led by instructor Kensi Zahl, this session will be held in the outdoor exhibition, Color Field, engaging the work Windchimes by artist Sam Falls. A ticket to the Color Field exhibition is required for entry.

Creative Connections
Monday, September 9, 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 followed by hands-on art activities. Refreshments and art materials are provided. Free, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 ext. 8356 or [email protected]to register.

Yoga and Art
Monday, September 9, 6 to 7 pm
Join Lynn Hancock of Yoga Story in an uplifting group class that explores different facets of vinyasa as well as various disciplines of yoga practice. Open to all levels. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats and dress appropriately. $5 (Free for members), register online or with Guest Services.

Figure Drawing from the Nude Model
Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Join us in the studio for an evening of drawing from a live model. Participants must be 18 or older. $10 ($5/members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Preschool Playdate » Music!
Thursday, September 12, 11:30 am to 2 pm
Join us out on the North Lawn to enjoy art projects that make sound, games, bubbles, and more. Free, no registration required.

Poetry Reading » NaTosha DeVon
Thursday, September 12, 1 to 1:30 pm 
Inspired by the outdoor exhibition, Color Field, join us in the North Forest for a poetry reading with local artist NaTosha DeVon. Gathering in front of the work Back to Kansas by artist Spencer Finch, NaTosha will present a selection of poems that embody color. Free, no registration required. A ticket to the Color Field exhibition is required for entry.

Afterschool Art Class » Colorific! (Ages 5-12)
Thursday, September 12, 19, 26, 4 to 5:30 pm
Put on your rose-colored glasses as you explore the colorful sculptures featured in the temporary exhibition, Color Field, and make your own colorful collages and sculptures in the studio. $45/3 sessions ($36/members), register online or with Guest Services.

Artinfusion Happy Hour 
Thursday, September 12, 5:30 to 7 pm
Join us in Eleven for Happy Hour and mingling, featuring drinks and appetizers at the culture hour price. Afterwards, consider sticking around for the free screening of The Wiz in our additional parking lot. Free and open to everyone, no registration required.

Color Field Film Series » The Wiz
Thursday, September 12, 8 to 10 pm
Park in the museum’s additional parking lot for a screening of the 1978 classic, The Wiz, and learn more about how the film’s cinematography connects to Color Field. Free, registration required. Register online or with Guest Services.

Homeschool Friday Fun » Colorific! (Ages 5-12)
Friday, September 13, 20, 27, 2 to 3:30 pm
Put on your rose-colored glasses as you explore the colorful sculptures featured in the temporary exhibition, Color Field, and make your own colorful collages and sculptures in the studio. $45/3 sessions ($36/ members), register online or with Guest Services.

Art by the Glass » Meditation Art with Matt Miller
Friday, September 13, 6 to 8 pm
Join local artist Matt Miller as he leads a relaxing evening of meditation painting, inspired by the outdoor exhibition Color Field!  Each participant will create their own large, acrylic painting on canvas. One glass of wine or beer and light appetizers are provided. $30 ($26/members), register online or with Guest Services.

Dance Night » Salsa Beats
Friday, September 13, 8 to 11 pm
Dance the night away in the beautiful setting of the Great Hall with a lineup of salsa beats! Free, register online or with Guest Services.

SOLD OUT Family Nature Workshop » Amazing Apples! (Ages 5-12)
Saturday, September 14, 10:30 am to 12 pm
Discover and taste a variety of apples. Learn about the Arkansas Black apples. Plus, create art using apples. Free, registration required. Register online or with Guest Services.

Gallery Conversation » Van Cliburn Artist Lara Downes 
Saturday, September 14, 1 to 2 pm
Connect with Van Cliburn artist Lara Downes as she discusses artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her music album. Free, no registration required.

Studio Squad » Paper Marbling (Ages 11-13)
Saturday, September 14, 4 to 5:30 pm
Swirl paint, shaving cream, ink, and water to create colorful patterns to keep in a frame, or to share as stationery. All materials are provided. Free, register online or with Guest Services.

Van Cliburn Concert Series » Lara Downes’s Holes in the Sky
Sunday, September 15, 3 to 4:30 pm
Enjoy the soulful songs of acclaimed female musicians as trailblazing pianist Lara Downes offers a tribute to these women and others in Holes in the Sky, with special guests Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano, and harpist Bridget Kibbey. $45 ($36/members) ($10 for students), register online or with Guest Services.

Piano Workshop » Lara Downes 
Monday, September 16, 10 to 11:30 am 
Open to all aspiring musicians and music lovers ages 15 and up. Pianist Lara Downes (Holes in the Sky) will lead a piano workshop at Crystal Bridges, playing selections of compositions on the piano and having students provide feedback in an engaging discussion. Free, registration required.

Figure Drawing
Monday, September 16, 1 to 3 pm
Join us in the studio for an afternoon of figure drawing at the museum with a live model. $10 ($5/members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Book Club » Walk Through Walls: A Memoir by Marina Abramovic
Wednesday, September 18, 1:30 to 3:30 pm 
Walk Through Walls is a vivid and powerful rendering of the unparalleled life of an extraordinary artist. Join us for this book club and read her memoir before seeing her artwork in Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today. Free, no registration required.

Play with Passion
Wednesday, September 18, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Play with Passion is a volunteer organization through the Bentonville Schools that visits community sites once a month to promote activities and athletics for youth with disabilities and their families. The event at Crystal Bridges will feature art projects that glow in the dark at Buckyball and a glow ride to Orchards Park with a cookout by Mojo Cycling. Free, register by contacting Sheila Munn at [email protected] or Kathy Breed at [email protected] for more information.

Gallery Conversation » A Walk in the Woods
Thursday, September 19, 1 to 2 pm
Join curator Alejo Benedetti for a discussion on our new focus exhibition, A Walk in the Woods. Free, no registration required.

Museum Store Sidewalk Sale
Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22, 10 am to 6 pm
Browse fantastic items including home décor, jewelry, books, and more starting at 50% off. Discounts do not apply to sale items. All sales are final. Free, no registration required.

Distinguished Speaker Series » Tonya Lewis Lee
Friday, September 20, 7 to 8 pm
Producer, Writer, Entrepreneur, Advocate. Tonya Lewis Lee has been hard at work for over 20 years delivering quality content and information across many platforms. As an art collector, Tonya and her husband Spike Lee have lent to exhibitions, such as the Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Fresh from producing She’s Gotta Have It: Season 2, which focuses on contemporary artists, Tonya Lewis Lee will discuss the power and impact of art and images to inspire social justice. $15 ($12 / members; $5 / students); register online or with Guest Services.

Autumnal Equinox: A Color Field Performance Program
Saturday, September 21, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 22, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with a special dance performance in the North Forest. Autumnal Equinox is a performance in three acts featuring Karen Castleman, Zeek Wright from Ballet Arkansas, and James Vessell from NWA Ballet Theater. $12 (Free/members), register online or with Guest Services.

Tween Night
Saturday, September 21, 7 to 9 pm
Crystal Bridges’ fantastic Teen Council has planned a great evening for younger students featuring a DJ, dancing, artmaking, and unique gallery experiences. This party is free and open to all area middle and junior high school students. Parents can drop off and pick up their tweens, or hang out in the parent lounge during the event. Free, no registration required.

Creative Connections
Monday, September 23, 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 followed by hands-on art activities. Refreshments and art materials are provided. Free, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 ext. 8356 or [email protected] to register.

Art Night Out
Friday, September 27, 6:30 to 10 pm 
Join us for a Color Field celebration in the forest with site-specific performances, a main music stage featuring headliner Arkansauce and interactive percussion show by Arx Duo, and a colorful explosion of artmaking activities. Free, registration required. Register online or with Guest Services.

CB Babies
Saturday, September 28, 10 to 11:30 am
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. $10 per baby, free tickets for 1-2 adults per baby ($8/members), register online or with Guest Services.

Saturday Session » Tempera
Saturday, September 28, 9 am to 1 pm
In this four-hour workshop for educators, we will discuss works of art in the focus exhibition, Tempera, then work in the studios exploring the process for making egg tempera and techniques for layering and building up the rich colors that make tempera such a special medium. Four hours of PD credit available. $10 ($8 members), register online or with Guest Services.

For a complete list of current exhibitions, visit the Museum Exhibitions page. For news updates, follow Crystal Bridges on the Blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

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