In the month of September, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art enjoys the return of youth art classes and school tours, and invites visitors to celebrate Labor Day weekend and Hispanic Heritage Month at the museum.
With the start of the new school year, K-12 school groups are able to visit the museum without the cost barriers associated with field trips such as transportation, substitute teachers, and lunch. Along with school tours, youth art classes return including Preschool Art Class on September 2 with Lovely Lines, Homeschool Friday Fun on September 4 with Pop Art and Young Artists Class with Make It Pop on September 5, all exploring Pop art inspired by Warhol’s Nature.
Labor Day weekend offers the return of Light Night on September 4 with a turn-of-the- century urban experience at Buckyball. On September 5, an expert in monarch butterflies will host a special Discover the Grounds with a lecture and trail walk. While at the museum, enjoy High South Cuisine in Eleven, and stroll through the Warhol’s Nature and Jamie Wyeth exhibitions. Crystal Bridges will be open on Labor Day, September 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off at the museum with Latin Cinema on September 9, exploring Latino and Latin culture through popular short films screened at the San Diego Latin Short Film Festival. On September 23, Mari Carmen Ramirez, United States’ leading scholar on Latin American Art, will host a Spotlight Lecture observing how we define Latin American and Latino art.
Night Owl Tour
Wednesday evening, September 30
Friday evenings (October 9, 16, 23, 30)
Tour time varies based on time of sunset.
Get to know one of our favorite Crystal Bridges residents—the barred owl! The tour will begin with a presentation about these magnificent nocturnal birds and will finish with an opportunity to call from the nearby Rockledge Shelter. Perhaps we will be lucky enough to hear them respond! Meet on Walker Landing 15 minutes before the tour begins. The tour includes a short night walk on the Rockledge Trail, which has a crushed granite surface and includes steep stairs. Please wear appropriate shoes. Some lighting gear will be provided; however, guests are encouraged to bring their own flashlights. Sponsored by The Coleman Company. Free, no registration required.
Monday, September 1
Call for College Ambassadors
Crystal Bridges is seeking applications for our College Ambassador program. College Ambassadors are students from across the region with a passion for the arts. The program’s mission is to enhance collegiate learning through professional practice and research, create networking opportunities, and enliven Museum programs and engagement for college students. Ambassadors explore many facets of the Museum and become part of a vibrant group working together to take action through art. Apply online at https://crystalbridges.org/education/college/.
Wednesday, September 2, 9, and 16, 1 to 2:15 pm
Preschool Art Class » Lovely Lines
Let’s cover the basics of art this fall, starting with lines! All materials are provided. $45/3 classes for one child plus an adult ($36 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Friday, September 4, 11, and 18, 2 to 3:30 pm
Homeschool Friday Fun ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 12» Pop Art!
Inspired by the temporary exhibition Warhol’s Nature, we’ll learn how Warhol and other Pop artists transformed everyday life into extraordinary art, and create some Pop art of our own! $45/3 sessions ($36 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Friday, September 4, 8:30 to 11:30 pm
Join Crystal Bridges for a turn-of-the-century urban experience inspired by the 1893 World’s Fair! This steampunk-Vaudevillian party will feature live musical performances by multi-instrumentalist That 1 Guy, popular Fayetteville group Randall Shreve & The Devilles, and Wini Rubi! Start the night with Downtown Bentonville’s First Friday, where the Square will transform into a giant block party for the entire community. Then meet in Dave Peel Park at 7:15 p.m. for a group bike ride with Phat Tire. Bring your own lights or steampunk accessories to decorate your bike= and take off at 8 p.m. The ride ends at Buckyball, where our party begins! We’ll host a photo light-drawing booth by renowned artist Chris Look, participatory carnival tents by NWA artist Jennifer Gilder, tinker projects by Amazeum, and demonstrations by Fayetteville-based sculptor Eugene Sargent. Explore early technological inventions from light bulbs to Ferris wheels, and enjoy a film adaption screening of the Jules Verne’s classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Come dressed for the occasion in your favorite steampunk or Victorian outfits! Food trucks and a cash bar will be available. Special thanks to RopeSwing and Deadhead Productions. Free, no registration required.
Saturday, September 5, 9 to 10 am
Discover the Grounds » Saving the Monarchs
Every year, monarch butterflies undertake what seems an impossible journey. By the millions, they leave their summer breeding grounds in the United States and Canada to fly thousands of miles to a small area of alpine forest in central Mexico. In this Discover the Grounds, you’ll meet renowned ecologist Lincoln Brower as he discusses the study of monarchs that he has been conducting for almost 60 years. After his discussion, he will lead a monarch-watch walking tour on the Museum grounds for a limited audience of 40. Sponsored by The Coleman Company Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Saturday, September 5, 12, and 19, 10:30 am to noon
Young Artists Class (ages 5 to 10) » Make it Pop!
Discover the Pop artists in our galleries as inspiration to create fun works of art based on objects from everyday life. We’ll explore painting, printmaking, and collage techniques! All materials are provided. $45/3 classes ($36 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Monday, September 7 and 21, 1 to 3 pm
Join us on the first and third Mondays of each month for this adult Figure Drawing class 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 adult guests at the Museum. A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses, and longer poses. All materials are provided. $10 ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Monday, September 7, 6 to 7 pm
Yoga and Art
Yoga Story’s Cindee Joslin leads an uplifting group class uniting the power of art with the beauty of nature. Enjoy this mind/body experience in the Museum’s Great Hall, complemented by views of Crystal Bridges’ ponds, forest, and architecture. Participants should bring their own yoga mat and dress appropriately. $5 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Wednesday, September 9, 6 to 8 pm
Wednesday Session for Teachers: Self-Guided 101
Want to bring your class for a self-guided field trip to the Museum, but don’t know where to start?
In this two-hour workshop, you will learn Museum guidelines for self-guided tours, an inquiry-based model for teaching, and how to facilitate and discuss works of art. Museum educators will be available to help you pair curriculum themes and artworks so you can create a one-of-a-kind experience for your class. Two hours of Professional Development credit available. Sponsored by Neff and Scarlett Basore. $10, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Wednesday, September 9, 7 to 8 pm
Get to know Latino and Latin culture through cinema with popular shorts screened at the San Diego Latin Short Film Festival, known as the leading Latino film festival in the country. This week kicks of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations in Bentonville! This program is in collaboration with the Hispanic Latino Associate Resource Group. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Thursday, September 10, 11:30 am to 2:15 pm
Preschool Playdate » Wild Animals
Enjoy art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by Andy Warhol’s colorful Endangered Species series. Sponsored by the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust and The Hershey Company. Free, no registration required.
Friday, September 11, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Photo Salon » Twentieth-Century Photography: Pictorialist
Join Curatorial Assistant Ali Demorotski on a two-part exploration of twentieth-century photography. Beginning in September, we will focus on the rise of Pictorialism among photographers, encouraged by the work and writings of Alfred Stieglitz and his Photo-Secession group. October will conclude with the medium’s evolution into a newfound Modernist aesthetic in the post-WWI era. Both sessions will highlight the key figures, ideas, and iconographic images that defined, yet drastically separated these movements. Following a discussion, the Photo Salon group will explore the Crystal Bridges grounds to emulate and explore the Pictorialist style. $10 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Sunday, September 13, 1 to 3 pm
Walker Landing Arts
Enjoy live music and art-making for all on Walker Landing! Free, no registration required.
Monday, September 14, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Journaling Group » Simple Pleasures
Recall fond memories and stories through art in an exploration of symbolism in objects. John Brown University Associate Professor Jacob Stratman will lead us in writing on the topic of nostalgia in the temporary exhibition American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life as we reflect on our own treasured objects of the past. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335
Wednesday, September 16, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Art Book Club » Provenance by Laney Salisbury
Discuss this riveting true tale of an audacious British duo who sold forgeries of prominent artists’ works through reputable galleries for nearly two decades. Join archivist Valerie Sallis to learn more about provenance and the delicate balance between security and access in archival collections. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Wednesday, September 16, 6 to 7 pm
WOW » Jamie Wyeth Revealed
Please join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero, along with museum Curators, as they discuss the important works of Jamie Wyeth. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Premier Dermatology and Riedel. $30 ($24 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335
Friday, September 18, 6 to 8 pm
Evening for Educators
Join fellow educators as we kick off the school year with a variety of activities and gallery experiences that embrace the concepts of experimentation and risk-taking. (Professional Development credit is not available for this event.) Sponsored by Neff and Scarlett Basore. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Friday, September 18, 6:30 to 8 pm
Family Workshop » Family Traditions
Inspired by the temporary exhibition Jamie Wyeth, family members will work together to create paintings commemorating one of your family traditions. $10 per family (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. Note: Only one registration required per family.
Sunday, September 20, 1 to 5 pm
Adult Workshop » Printing Warhol’s Garden
Artist Amber Perrodin, co-founder of the Little Craft Show, will teach this exciting mixed-media workshop! Drawing inspiration from the temporary exhibition Warhol’s Nature, we will be using Gelli plate printing techniques to recreate and explore the colors, design, and balance of Andy Warhol’s work with bold landscapes and floral designs. Artists of all experience levels are invited to attend this exciting one-day workshop and will be able to take home their own original works of art at the end of the class. No prior experience is necessary. All materials are provided. $55 ($45 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Sunday, September 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
CR(EAT)E Food Series » Architecture Inspires Cuisine: Frank Lloyd Wright House
An in-depth glimpse and taste of how art inspires the culinary world of Crystal Bridges, hosted by Culinary Director Case Dighero and Executive Chef Bill Lyle, along with special guests. We’ll be discussing the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as experiencing a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired dinner. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:00.
$100 ($80 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Monday, September 21, 1 to 2 pm
Art Talk » Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species
Discuss art as awareness with Curator Chad Alligood and President of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Tanya Smith as we explore the motivation and meaning behind Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species Series. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Wednesday, September 23, 5 to 9 pm
Artinfusion @ Culture Hour » Women and Wine
Artinfusion Members and friends are invited to come together on the fourth Wednesday of each month to meet and mingle during Culture Hour in Eleven. . Enjoy networking, complimentary nosh, and $6 drink specials in Eleven, plus a presentation by Front-of-House Manager Jaydee Menchue about women winemakers. Then stroll the galleries while they are open late. Culture Hour special pricing extends for artinfusion Members (with proof of membership) until 9 p.m. Bring a friend! Artinfusion is especially for Crystal Bridges Members ages 21 to 40s. Sponsored by Blue Moon Brewing Company, Arvest Bank, RopeSwing and Saatchi & Saatchi X. Free, no registration required.
Member Meet and Greet » Mari Carmen Ramirez
Wednesday, September 23, 6 to 6:30 pm
Crystal Bridges’ Members are invited to a Members-only Meet and Greet wit h Mari Carmen Ramirez, leading scholar and Director of the Institute of Latin American Art, prior to her Spotlight Lecture on Latin American Art and resisting categorizing people. Separate registration is required for the lecture. Free for Members, register online or by calling Guest Service 479.657.2335.
Spotlight Lecture » Mari Carmen Ramirez
Wednesday, September 23, 7 to 8 pm
How do we resisting categorizing people and art? Do we define as Latin American Art and/or Latino? Join a thought-provoking lecture by United States’ leading scholar on Latin American Art Mari Carmen Ramírez. Ramirez is the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This program is in collaboration with the Hispanic Latino Associate Resource Group. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Friday, September 25, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Art by the Glass » The Blotted Line
Discover the blotted-line process used by Andy Warhol in creating some of his earliest artworks, including work from the 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy series, now on display in our temporary exhibition Warhol’s Nature. Create your own series of delicate prints using ink and watercolor. All materials plus two glasses of wine and light hors d’oeuvres provided. $45 ($36 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Friday, September 25, 7 to 8 pm
Live Arts » Nureyev’s Eyes
Join us for a special play reading that explores the inside story of two iconic artists – American painter Jamie Wyeth and Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. During the 70s, Jamie Wyeth created a series of studies and paintings of Rudolf Nureyev, the legendary ballet dancer who defected from Russia and revitalized western ballet. Written with the express permission and support of Jamie Wyeth, this brand-new play by David Rush imagines what the artists’ electric encounters may have been like, what secrets were revealed about the world of painting and international dance, and how their relationship evolved and changed them both. Contains adult language. Produced and directed by Darin Anthony, the Artistic Director of Moving Arts, specializes in the development of new plays as well as emotionally resonant performances.
Sponsored by Demara Titzer and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation. $5 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Saturday, September 26, 1 to 2 pm
Art Talk » Wyeth’s Realism
Curator Chad Alligood will discuss the psychological dimensions, mystery, and melancholy found in Wyeth’s realism, as well as his contribution to realistic painting. We’ll explore the psychological and symbolical figures of Wyeth’s paintings, such as Orca Bates, Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Wednesday, September 30, 1 to 3 pm
Homeschool Tour and Art » Inspiration
Throughout history, many American artists have drawn inspiration from their foreign counterparts. During this program we will look at some of the artists in our permanent collection and use their artworks as inspiration for our own art-making activity. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Wednesday, September 30, 7 to 8 pm
Skyspace Art Talk
Senior Educator Sara Segerlin provides an introductory talk on artist James Turrell’s Skyspace, The Way of Color. Bring a friend who has never before experienced the changing colors of this site-specific art installation by world-renowned Turrell! Each morning and evening, in conjunction with sunrise and sunset, a programmed LED light display occurs inside the Skyspace. Seating inside the Skyspace is limited. Please arrive 30 minutes before the time of sunset. Free, no registration required.