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Crystal Bridges September Programming
Includes Film and Musical Offerings, Creative Workshops, and Lectures to Welcome Fall

September programming at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art includes film and musical offerings, creative workshops, and lectures to welcome the fall season with an imaginative twist. The programs offered cater to all ages, from several children’s art workshops to adult programs discovering color woodcut printmaking and workshops inspired by current exhibits and museum collections.

Museum guests may explore the American music industry with a special six-week film series accompanied by live music demos, presented by Northwest Arkansas Community College. Associate Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man will present an overview and discussion of the exhibition This Land: Picturing a Changing America in the 1930s and 1940s, which opens Aug. 31 and runs through Jan. 6, 2014. Eleven, Crystal Bridges’ restaurant, will feature special offerings through their annual Friday Night Flights and a WOW event inspired by the exhibition This Land. There is even a designated day just for college students and faculty, featuring a wide range of activities, including a collaborative art installation with Eureka Springs artist Robert Norman.

A full listing of September programs is below. Information and registration are also available on the calendar of events on Crystal Bridges’ website: http://calendar.crystalbridges.org/.

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September Public Programs

Friday, August 30, 7 to 8:30 pm
Concert | 3 Penny Acre
Celebrate the opening of the temporary exhibition This Land with Bryan and Bernice of the Fayetteville-based folk band 3 Penny Acre. Enjoy live music and light refreshments outdoors on Walker Landing, or explore the exhibition while you try out This Land: The Music Experience, a new app featuring a tour of the exhibition in music, presented by the Fayetteville Roots Festival.
Free, no registration required.

Wednesday, September 4, 6 to 9 pm
Drop-In Drawing
Drop in for a free, informal drawing session. Materials are provided and an art instructor will be on hand to get you started. Check at Guest Services for the specific location. All ages are welcome! Free, no registration required.

Wednesdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, and October 2, 6:30 to 8 pm
Film Series | America’s Music: Broadway—The American Musical
Great Hall
Join us for this six-week film series presented by Northwest Arkansas Community College music professor Miles Fish with support from the Tribeca Film institute and National Endowment for the Arts. The film will be followed by a live music demo by the NWACC Chamber Singers and Friends. To learn more about the America’s Music project, visit: http://www.americasmusicbentonville.org/
Admission is free. Reserve seats online or at Guest Services.

Fridays, September 6, 13, and 20, 2 to 3:30 pm
Homeschool Friday Fun
This program is designed for families who want to provide their homeschool students with enriching and fun activities that incorporate inquiry, discovery, and studio art-making. Monthly themes and registration information will be updated online.
$45/3 classes. Register online or at Guest Services.

Friday, September 6, 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday Night Flights | The French Connection
Monthly Friday Night Flights offer guests an opportunity to sample and compare some special wines not offered on Eleven’s permanent wine list, under the guidance of an expert oeneologist or sommelier. Join us this month as we experience the wines of Bordeaux and explore the Museum’s French connection— in wine and in art. This is a come-and-go event between 5 and 7 p.m. Open to guests ages 21 and up. $30, purchase tickets online or at Guest Services.

Sunday, September 8, 1 to 4 pm
Drop-In Drawing
Drop in for a free, informal drawing session. Materials are provided and an art instructor will be on hand to get you started. Check at Guest Services for the specific location. All ages are welcome! Free, no registration required.

Mondays, September 9, 16, and 23, 1 to 3 pm
Adult Program | Drawing Explorations: This Land!
An introductory-level series. Explore the exhibition This Land through drawing. Observe the details of urban and rural landscapes through paintings and photographs depicting the 1930s and ‘40s. Discover how the artists told stories of the hardships and perseverance of the early 1900s and approach your own drawing through the lenses of Social Realism and Regionalism.
$45, register online or at Guest Services.

Wednesday, September 11, 6:30 to 8 pm
Film Series | America’s Music: The History of Rock & Roll
Bellows and Cassatt Rooms
Join us for this six-week film series presented by Northwest Arkansas Community College music professor Miles Fish with support from the Tribeca Film institute and National Endowment for the Arts. The film will be followed by a live music demo by David Starr with Ben Harris.

David Starr is a singer-songwriter originally from Fayetteville who is now working out of Colorado. David and Ben will be performing a mix of Rock & Roll music from the ‘50s through the ‘70s.

To learn more about the America’s Music project, visit: http://www.americasmusicbentonville.org/
Admission is free. Reserve seats online or at Guest Services.

Wednesday, September 11, 6 to 7 pm
WOW | Inspired by the exhibition This Land
Join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero at these monthly tasting experiences to sample selections of drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Eleven, inspired by Crystal Bridges’ collection of American art. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Cost: $30, purchase tickets online or at Guest Services. Sponsored by Premier Dermatology.

Wednesday, September 11, 18, and 25, 1 to 2:15 pm
Preschool Art Class | Pattern Play
For ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver. Preschoolers will discover where they can find patterns in art and nature while having fun with stamps, paint, and much more! Parents or caregivers participate with their preschoolers in gallery conversations and art-making activities each week. Each session includes three consecutive Wednesday classes.
$30, register online or at Guest Services.

Thursday, September 12, 11:30 am to 2 pm
Preschool Playdate | Play
Monthly Preschool Playdates feature performances, art projects, games, and storytelling based on themes from our collection. Activities are geared for children ages 2 to 5 with an adult. Sponsored by The Hershey Company. Free, no registration required.

Thursdays, September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 4 to 5:30 pm
Children’s Class | All About George
Children ages 6-12 will learn about the life and times of our first American president through history, art, and the temporary exhibition Surveying George Washington. Students will work in a variety of media while discovering the etiquette, people, games, and traditions of the 1700s.

Concurrent classes are offered for two age groups (6 to 9 and 10 to 12). Cost includes four consecutive Thursdays.
$80, register online or at Guest Services.

Friday, September 13, 10 to 11:30 am
Discover the Grounds | Predatory Birds of the Ozarks
Meet at Tulip Tree Shelter
Join us for an up-close and personal look at the birds of prey that inhabit the woodlands of Crystal Bridges. Lynn Sciumbato of Morning Star Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will introduce us to several of her rehabilitation birds. She will discuss their characteristics as well as the role they play within our ecosystem.
Free with online reservations.

Saturday, September 14, noon to 3 pm
Drop-In Studio | Creative Creatures
Drop in for a free studio session with an art instructor. Create an imaginative creature inspired by Keith Haring’s Two-Headed Figure. Materials are provided and all ages are welcome!

Saturday, September 14, 3 to 4:15 pm
Artist Lecture | Tom Uttech Presents: Tale Teller aka “Adiosokewini”
Adiosokewini, the Ojibwe word for tale-teller, is a concept that has been resonant to artist Tom Uttech. In the tradition of the tale-teller, Uttech will talk about his career as an artist and teacher through stories, images, and the study of Native American culture. Uttech will share life experiences and his close observations of the wildlife of northern Wisconsin and Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada—both of which have inspired his work over the years. His painting Enassamishinjijwain is a popular favorite in the Crystal Bridges collection.
Admission is free. Reserve seats online or at Guest Services.

Sunday, September 15, 1 to 6 pm
Adult Program | Workshop: Color it Fauve – Painting Styles of Alfred Henry Maurer
Study the movement of Fauvism by exploring Alfred Henry Maurer’s work in the galleries. Put your inspiration into action by venturing outdoors to sketch a landscape and return to the studio to add a bold and expressive color palette with acrylic paint.
$45, register online or at Guest Services.

Monday, September 16, 10:30 am
Member Monday
Museum Members are invited to meet at the coffee bar at 10:30 am for a cup of coffee or other beverage and then gather in one of the Museum’s function rooms for an informal topic discussion with a Museum staff member beginning at 11 a.m. Free, no registration required.

Wednesdays, September 18 and 25, October 2 and 9, 6 to 8:30 pm
Adult Program | Studio Studies Series: Printmaking
Discover the color woodcut printmaking process with artist Amber Perrodin. Spend time in the special exhibition This Land and see how artists visually describe the experiences of the 1930s-1940s through prints and other media. In the studio, learn carving techniques, make multiple plates, and create a limited edition of prints in this four-week course. This course is an introductory level to woodcuts. $100, register online or at Guest Services.

Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 to 8 pm
Film Series | America’s Music: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues
Great Hall
Join us for this six-week film series presented by Northwest Arkansas Community College music professor Miles Fish with support from the Tribeca Film institute and National Endowment for the Arts. The film will be followed by a live music demo by The RJ Mischo Trio.

RJ is an internationally renowned blues harmonica player and singer. His trio consists of electric guitar, bass, harmonica, and vocals.

To learn more about the America’s Music project, visit: http://www.americasmusicbentonville.org/
Admission is free. Reserve seats online or at Guest Services.

Thursday, September 19, 1 to 1:45 pm
Art Talk | This Land
How did artists respond to the challenges of the Great Depression Era? Meet Associate Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man who will present an overview and discussion of her curated exhibition This Land: Picturing a Changing America in the 1930s and 1940s. Explore the various styles—ranging from Regionalism to Cubism—that artists used to document major natural events and the changing rural and urban landscapes prior to World War II. Free. No registration required.

Saturday, September 21, 6:30 to 7:30 am
The Way of Color Sunrise Experience
Once a month, James Turrell’s Skyspace, The Way of Color, will open early to allow guests to experience the sunrise light display. Beginning a few minutes prior to sunrise, a changing array of colors greets the sun in this open-air art installation.
Free. No registration required. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Saturday, September 21, 3:30 to 4:15 pm
Art Talk | Looking Closely at Dennis Miller Bunker’s Anne Page
Gain perspective on Dennis Miller Bunker’s masterful portrait by looking closely into the mysterious quality of his model, Anne Page, and by examining his painting’s limited palette. Join Museum Educator Amanda Driver in a guided “slow art” exploration of Bunker’s life and short-lived career, his painting styles, and his captivating sitter. Free, no registration required.

Saturday, September 21, 3 to 6 pm
College Day!
Crystal Bridges has designated a day just for college students and faculty—featuring an open jam session and music show, tableau workshop with Trike Theatre, massage-art therapy, and transformation of Walker Landing into an expression of Chaos Theory through collaborative art-making with Eureka Springs artist Robert R. Norman and his SphereXOX sculpture project. The sculpture will be constructed using sticks that are decorated by students and guests who participate in the event. The finished work will be capable of rotating and will be lit with LED lights for the Light Night Party beginning at 7:30 pm. Participants of College Day may also connect in our Network Lounge to meet peers and Museum staff; join a break-out session; take a gallery tour focusing on architecture; or participate in a digital gallery hunt on Scavengr (an app available through the iTunes App Store). We also hope to experiment with our first flash mob takeover of the Museum’s restaurant, Eleven. Please register online to receive your full itinerary and welcoming kit. College Day is hosted by Crystal Bridges’ College Ambassadors, sponsored by Stephen and Claudia Strange and Phat Tire Bicycle Shop.

Continue the fun from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Crystal Bridges’ Fall Equinox Light Night Party—where the art of science meets the science of art.

Saturday, September 21, 7 to 10:30 pm
Light Night Party: Celebrate the Equinox!
Celebrate the Fall Equinox at our Light Night Party around Leo Villareal’s illuminated sculpture Buckyball. Enjoy the mixing of art, science, and light through an exploration of this work’s geodesic spheres—inspired by inventor Buckminster Fuller and the festival spirit of Burning Man. Take part in an illuminated bike ride to the event from downtown Bentonville. Show off your light-art decorated bike, or come dressed in a lighted costume to be included in our illuminated bike and costume contest judged by Phat Tire Bike Shop at 9 p.m. (Grand Prize is a full year’s membership to Crystal Bridges!) Groove to futuristic music with Fossils of Ancient Robots, create a collaborative experimental SphereXOX installation guided by Eureka Springs artist Robert Norman, and watch the mesmerizing movement of fire dancers: all happening near the Buckyball. Sponsored in part by Phat Tire Bike Shop and GE Lighting. Free, no registration required.

For the illuminated bike ride, please meet at the Bentonville Phat Tire bike store at 6:45 p.m. We will depart from Phat Tire at 7:15 p.m. to ride to the Buckyball at Crystal Bridges. The light tour will be guided by a Phat Tire ambassador.

Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 to 8 pm
Film Series | America’s Music: From Mambo to Hip-Hop—A South Bronx Tale
Bellows and Cassatt Rooms
Join us for this six-week film series presented by Northwest Arkansas Community College music professor Miles Fish with support from the Tribeca Film institute and National Endowment for the Arts. The film will be followed by a live music demo by Calle Soul Salsa.

Calle Soul is a Salsa band located in Fayetteville that performs traditional Latin jazz and salsa music. They will demonstrate the influence of Latin rhythms on the evolution of Hip-Hop.

To learn more about the America’s Music project, visit: http://www.americasmusicbentonville.org/
Admission is free. Reserve seats online or at Guest Services.

September 25, 26, 27, and 29
2013 Symposium: Art for the Citizen
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art presents a symposium on Art for the Citizen— bringing together creative thinkers from surrounding institutions to explore artists from the first half of the twentieth century whose work conveys political and social messages—from paintings to the cinema of Charlie Chaplin. The symposium spans three days with the final day featuring a live performance accompanying Charlie Chaplin’s silent film City Lights, presented by the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. This symposium is a partnership between Crystal Bridges, the University of Arkansas, The Annual Buster Keaton Celebration, the University of Central Arkansas, Charlie Chaplin Film Office, the University of Tennessee, and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ticket prices vary for each date—see below.

Wednesday, September 25, 7 to 9 pm
Opening Reception, Art for the Citizen Symposium
Kick off the symposium with a special live piano performance in the Great Hall by Jeff Rapsis to accompany the screening of Charlie Chaplin’s silent film, The Mutuals. Hear opening remarks by symposium organizers Sara Segerlin and Frank Scheide, University of Arkansas Communications and Film Professor, and network with guests and presenters.
Free, no registration required. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

Thursday, September 26, 11 am to 6 pm
Symposium: Art for the Citizen
$10 for non-members | free for Members. Register online or at Guest Services.

11 am to 12:30 pm
Panel Discussion: “City Lights”
Explore one of the last silent films by Charlie Chaplin: City Lights, which garnered great acclaim even as silent film was becoming a dying art form. The panel will discuss major themes of City Lights which depicted life in the Great Depression through slapstick comedy, film montage, and musical sound effects. The panel also will discuss the tales of American capitalism which unfold in this film between the rich but shallow millionaire and the blind girl who is poor in material wealth, but rich of soul. Featured speakers include: Chuck Maland, J. Douglas Bruce Chair of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Tennessee; Kate Guyonvarch, Chaplin Office Manager; Steven Byess, Director of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra.

12:30 to 2 pm
Intermission: Silent film screening with live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis and Jeannie Lee

2 to 3:30 pm
Panel Discussion: “Chaplin in the 1930s as a Citizen Artist”
The 1930s is often defined as the Golden Age of Hollywood, led by stars such as Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers. The movies served as both an escape and an inspiration for Americans faced with the hardships of the Great Depression. The panel will explore Chaplin’s influence on art for the citizen, as well as other art movements such as Social Realism and Dadism through the 1930s. Featured speakers include: Hooman Mehran, Committee Member, The Annual Buster Keaton Celebration; Lisa Haven, Associate Professor of English at Ohio University, Zanesville; and Kate Guyonvarch, Chaplin Office Manager.

3:30 to 4:15
Intermission: 1936 film screening: The Plow that Broke the Plains

Friday, September 27, 7 to 9 pm
Symposium: Art for the Citizen
Closing Panel Discussion: This Land: Picturing a Changing America in the 1930s & 1940s
The panel will analyze artists’ responses to major natural events and the changing rural and urban landscapes of America prior to World War II. Panel members will discuss the artists’ different approaches, as well as the various government-sponsored art programs of that era. Featured speakers include: Manuela Well-Off-Man, Assistant Curator; Gayle Seymour, Professor of Art and Associate Dean, University of Central Arkansas; Jeannie Whayne, Professor of History, where; Greg Herman, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Arkansas; and Patsy Watkins, Professor of Print Journalism, University of Arkansas.
Admission is free. Reserve seats online or at Guest Services.

Sunday, September 29, 2 pm
Arkansas Philharmonic Presents the film City Lights, with live music accompaniment
Arend Arts Center
Order tickets and learn more about the concert and film screening here: http://www.arkansasphilharmonic.org/.

Friday, September 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Adult Program | Studio Social: Embellish with Embroidery
Spend an evening inspired by the art of Angels & Tomboys and learning the delicate art of hand embroidery with artist Sally Ball. Enjoy wine and cheese and great conversation while embellishing a beautiful handkerchief to showcase your creativity and individuality. The registration fee includes two glasses of wine. $40, register online or at Guest Services.

Saturday, September 28, 11 am to 6 pm
Museum Store Event | Wood-Turning Demonstrations
A number of regional wood artists will take turns at the lathe to demonstrate their skills. All items created during the demonstrations will be available for purchase. Free, no registration required.

Monday, September 30, 9 to 11 am
Members’ Last Look | Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art
Museum Members are invited to this Members-only opportunity to view the temporary exhibition before its departure.

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2 Comments

  1. jkonwiser@cox.net' John Konwiser says:

    We own a number of paintings by an american artist and your museum has at least one too. We will be traveling by September 19th; what time do you open? Might you share with me the name of the curator associated with american artists and his or her contact information?
    Thank you very much

    • Linda DeBerry says:

      Hi John:
      Crystal Bridges is a museum of American art, so all of the works in our collection are made by American artists or by Artists with a strong American connection. Different curators handle different time-periods in American art history. If you can let us know the name of the artist you are interested in, I may be able to help you more.
      After Labor Day, the museum opens at 11 a.m. every day except Tuesday, when we are closed. Thanks for visiting!

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