Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, Crystal Bridges’ newest exhibition exploring the connections between crystal and art throughout the ages, opens this Saturday, October 12 (preview starts for members on Friday, October 11). While the exhibition is on view from October 12 to January 6, several artists featured in the show will be coming to Crystal Bridges to give artist talks and even lead art workshops! Keep scrolling to see a list of all the Crystals in Art artists who will be coming to Crystal Bridges this season and what they will be doing during their visit to see what sparks your interest.
Marilyn Minter’s work vividly explores the complex and contradictory emotions around beauty and the female body in American culture, among other themes. Minter’s work has been featured in numerous group shows, most notably the 2006 Whitney Biennial, New York, which was hailed as her return to prominence.
Miya Ando is an American artist known for her metal paintings which encapsulate both ephemerality and permanence in their subtle, brilliant color gradients. Her work is included in the public collections of LACMA, The Detroit Institute of Art Museum (DIA), and The Luft Museum (Germany), among others.
In addition to speaking at the opening lecture, Miya Ando will also be leading an Adult Workshop on Saturday, October 12 where guests will get a taste of her process of combining chemicals on metal using black patinas on aluminum, creating a stunning two-dimensional work of art.
Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, artist Marina Abramović has pioneered performance as a visual art form and has included crystal in many of her artworks.
Abramović will be coming to Crystal Bridges on Wednesday, October 30 for a Distinguished Speaker artist talk in which she will discuss her work and exploration of long durational performance, transitory objects, and the boundaries between artist and audience.
Gisela Colon is an American contemporary artist who has developed a unique sculptural language of “organic minimalism,” breathing life-like qualities into reductive forms. Originally from Puerto Rico, Colon’s diverse background brings a cross-cultural approach to her practice. Colon’s seductive, sleek, gender-fluid sculptures advance the discourse of minimalism, by disrupting the traditional staid view of the hyper-masculine cold industrial object.
Join us for an evening with Colon as she gives a free Spotlight Talk on Friday, November 8. As an artist in the Light and Space movement, Colon will discuss the merging influences, including form, identity, and material.
In her Crystallized Books series, a couple of which can be found in the Crystallized subsection, Alexis Arnold addresses “the materiality of the book versus the text or content of the book, in addition to commenting on the vulnerability of the printed book.”
According to her, “the books, frozen with crystal growth, have become artifacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history of time, use, and memory. The series came about after Arnold repeatedly found boxes of discarded books in her neighborhood. Instead of leaving the books, she reimagined them as sculptural objects.
Dr. Tom Paradise is a geology professor at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas who lent his geological expertise and insight to develop content for the Crystals in Art exhibition.
Dr. Paradise will be leading a free Discover the Grounds event on Saturday, November 9, where he will discuss the geological formations that set Arkansas apart from other regions of the United States, ending with a walk to our large installation of crystals from Blue Springs, Arkansas.