Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is winding down the summer with a full roster of events while preparing for new focus exhibitions, new fall Forest Concerts, and the last remaining weeks of the temporary exhibition, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art.
The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art features over 30 of O’Keeffe’s artworks alongside the work of 20 contemporary artists exploring similar themes. Visitors can take a Figure Drawing Class with a Beyond artist on August 8 and hear directly from two artists in the free Spotlight Talkon August 10, featuring Tshabalala Self and Molly Larkey. The Beyond will close on Monday, September 3, 2018.
21c Museum Hotel-Bentonville is partnering with Crystal Bridges to create the Bentonville and Beyond Weekend Getaway contest. The package includes a two-night stay at 21c Museum Hotel, complimentary tickets to The Beyond, a complimentary lunch at Eleven restaurant, and a 50 percent discount in the Museum Store. Contest participants can choose from two different weekends in August, and the package will accommodate up to two adults and two children. The contest will be open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7.
Summer Fling, the biggest party of the summer, will take place on Saturday, August 18 on the North Lawn by the Fly’s Eye Dome. Austin-based musician Kalu and the Electric Joint will play the main stage. Classic party games such as cornhole, volleyball, and giant Jenga will be set up, and food trucks, a beer garden, and cash bar will be available throughout the evening.
Two new focus exhibitions will open on September 1. In Amy Sherald, visitors will get to view a collection of paintings by the artist who created the official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama. In Conversation: Will Wilson and Edward Curtis offers visitors a chance to see different depictions of Native Americans and to think critically about how they have been portrayed in photography over the past century.
The popular Forest Concert Series continues through the summer with the final concert on August 11 featuring 1 Oz. Jig before kicking off the fall series on Saturday, September 8 with Northwest Arkansas favorite Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings and Brooklyn-based duo, The Bergamot. Tickets are now available here; free for members.
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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Sci-Fi Outdoor Movies Series » Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Thursday, August 2, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Embark on a sci-fi film journey in the outdoor movie series alongside the backdrop of the Fly’s Eye Dome. All are welcome to set the mood in sci-fi attire! Tonight’s screening features the 1977 classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. A cash bar will be available. Free, register online or with Guest Services.
Gallery Performance » Minimalist Sculpture and Music
Saturday, August 4, 1 to 2 pm
Join composer and sound installation artist Gunner Basinger next to Donald Judd’s Untitled, 1989 (Bernstein 89-24) for a solo electric guitar performance, featuring music by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Eve Beglarian. Free, no registration required.
Forest Concert Series » Island Party with The Irie Lions + Dana Louise and Friends in collaboration with the House of Songs Ozarks
Saturday, August 4, 7 to 10 pm
Bring your Island wear for an evening in the forest. Fayetteville’s favorite reggae group, The Irie Lions, headline the evening. $10 for non-members 19 and older. Free for museum members.
Meditation and Mindfulness
Mondays, August 6, 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. Sessions will be held indoors in front of artworks from the permanent collection galleries, or outdoors along our beautiful trails and grounds. Free, no registration required.
Yoga and Art
Monday, August 6, 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 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.
Library Book Club » Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native American tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of both lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” Soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying. A riveting true story. Free, no registration required.
Figure Drawing from the Nude Model » Artist Tschabalala Self
Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Join us for an incredible opportunity to learn from an artist featured in the temporary exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art. Tschabalala Self will lead the class through basic drawing technique, as well as. All materials provided. All materials are provided. Participants must be 18 or older. $10 ($5/members), register online or with Guest Services.
Preschool Playdate » Fun in Floral
Thursday, August 9, 11:30 am to 2 pm
Enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by the temporary exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art. Playdate begins with an 11:30 performance in the Great Hall.
Free, no registration required.
Gallery Conversation » The Beyond Artist Tschabalala Self
Thursday, August 9, 1 pm
Join artist Tschabalala Self for a conversation on her artwork in the temporary exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art. Space is limited; please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.
The Gallery Conversation is free, but a ticket to the exhibition is required: $10 (Free for members and youth ages 18 and under), register online or with Guest Services.
Art & English
Thursday, August 9, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Are you interested in practicing conversational English while learning about American art, history, and culture? Join us for Art & English! Adult English language learners are encouraged to practice their conversational English skills 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 [email protected].
Sci-Fi Outdoor Movie Series » E.T.
Thursday, August 9, 8:30 to 10:30 pm
Embark on a sci-fi film journey in the outdoor movie series alongside the backdrop of the Fly’s Eye Dome. All are welcome to set the mood in sci-fi attire! For tonight’s final film, E.T., we encourage you decorate your bike with light and head to the Fly’s Eye Dome via the Crystal Bridges Trail. A cash bar will be available. Free, register online or with Guest Services.
Meet and Greet w/ Tschabalala Self and Molly Larkey
Friday, August 10, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Meet The Beyond artists Tschabalala Self and Molly Larkey for a happy hour prior to their panel discussion in the Great Hall. Hang out with these artists over a few cocktails and pop into the galleries to get take a closer look at the works they’ve produced. Then join us for a toast to the artist in the Great Hall at 6:30 pm. Following the toast, stick around for a mesmerizing conversation on art and the social constructs of the figure and beyond!
Summer Family Fun » Mariachi Amistad
Friday, August 10, 7 to 8:30 pm
Come say goodbye to summer with one last musical celebration. Have fun making art with your family while listening to a 10-piece mariachi band! In inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the Great Hall. Free, no registration required.
Spotlight Talk » Panel Discussion with Tschabalala Self and and Molly Larkey
Friday, August 10, 7 to 8 pm
Artists Tschabalala Self and Molly Larkey will present a panel discussion on their art and the social constructs of the figure and beyond! Free, register online or with Guest Services.
“Free and Not Yet” with Artist Molly Larkey
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 1 to 3 pm
Join The Beyond artist Molly Larkey in the Great Hall for an interactive discussion and participatory program combining art and conversation. During this afternoon experience, Molly will facilitate a special engagement with hand-built ceramic link pendants, each of which is offered to the visitors to take, wear, and keep. Guests will be invited to reflect on this event as a symbolic act based in the sharing of resources, mutual wellbeing, and our inherent connectedness. Free, registration required. Register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Forest Concert Series » 1 Oz. Jig
Saturday, August 11, 7 to 10 pm
Clap, jump, dance, and let loose in the forest with the charismatic Fayetteville-band, 1 Oz. Jig. Led by singer/songwriter Jeff Kearney, the group is a self-described “backwoods funk” band presenting music that “puts the ‘fun’ back in ‘funk.’” This group has won several awards in the past few years as Best Funk Band and Singer/Songwriter of the Year. $10 for non-members 16 and older. Free for museum members.
WOW » The Sensory Iconoclasts Project
Wednesday, August 15, 6 to 7:30 pm
Please join Case Dighero along with Eve Smith, Visual Director at Arts Center of the Ozarks, as they discuss the Sensory Iconoclasts Project, showcasing the collaboration of art and cuisine between regional chefs and artists. Open to guests ages 21 and above. $50 ($40/members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Discover the Grounds » Moon Gardens and Nighttime Pollinators with Cody George
Friday, August 17, 7:30 to 9 pm
Discover the enchanting creatures who pollinate after dark, and the flora and fauna that sustain them in this program with Crystal Bridges’ horticulturalist Cody George. Beginning just before dusk, George will feature a variety of plants perfect for a moon garden, discussing the nighttime pollinators that might visit them, then lead a tour on our trails and grounds where we might just spot a few. Free, register online or with Guest Services.
Saturday, August 18, 8 to 11 pm
Join us for Summer Fling on the North Lawn! We’re transforming the grounds into a night of art, games, and adventure. Experience a unique performances by Fusebox Festival artist, musician and writer Joseph Keckler that combines traditional opera, comedy, and video. Enjoy a psychedelic live performance from Kalu and the Electric Joint. Refresh at the nearby food trucks and participate in classic party games at our beer garden on Walker Landing. $45 (Free for Artinfusion members), register online or with Guest Services.
Monday, August 20, 1 to 3 pm
Practice the basics during 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.
Figure Drawing from the Nude Model
Wednesday, August 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Ready to practice the basics? Join us in the studio for an evening of drawing from a live model, featuring both shorter warm-up poses and longer poses. All materials are provided. 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/members), register online or with Guest Services.
DISH » Kassie Misiewicz
Thursday, August 23, 6 to 7:30pm
Enjoy an in-depth conversation and food palette of Trike Theatre’s Founder & Artistic Director Kassie Misiewicz. The evening will provide a stylized, insightful glimpse into Kassie’s work as a passionate advocate for community, children, and the arts in Northwest Arkansas as you dine and drink. $50 ($42 for members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Craft Squared » Summer Bouquet
Friday, August 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Celebrate the end of the summer with Nature’s colors as you learn the basic in creating your own floral arrangement using late August Blooms. Led by Senior Educator Moira Anderson, this class will take a special look at the focus exhibition, The Garden, then return to the classroom to create their own bountiful bouquet. All materials plus two glasses of beer and light appetizers provided. $55 ($44/members), register online or with Guest Services.
Fayetteville Roots Festival Concert » Shook Twins + The War and Treaty
Saturday, August 25, 5 to 7:30 pm
Enjoy an intimate concert in the Great Hall with the Shook Twins and The War and Treaty presented by Artinfusion and Fayetteville Roots Festival. The Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band hailing from Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie are the main songwriters and backed up by member Niko Slice on electric guitar, mandolin and vocals. 2016 saw the band opening up for Greensky Bluegrass on a 13 show tour. $20 for this concert, or purchase the Roots Festival pass (Free/Artinfusion members, 20% discount/Crystal Bridges members for just this concert). Register at therootsfest.org.