Here are the Gallery Conversations scheduled for the month of October. Drop in and join one of these informal talks about works in the Crystal Bridges collection, aspects of our trails and grounds, and other topics with guest speakers or museum staff. Talks are free (except when they take place in a temporary exhibition, in which case exhibition admission is required), and no registration is needed. Space is limited; please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.
Sunday, October 1, 1 to 2 pm
Celebrate monarch migration with this special outdoor talk at our Monarch Waystation on the museum’s south lawn. Horticulturalist Cody George will be joined by artist Jane Kim of Ink Dwell for a discussion on how art, nature, and design can help raise awareness for these magnificent creatures.
Ink Dwell’s mission is to inspire people to love and protect the earth one work of art at a time. A play on words, Ink Dwell studio makes art that is “inked well,” and specializes in creating fine art, environmental campaigns, exhibitions, and science illustrations. Merging classical techniques of science illustration with modern simplicity, Ink Dwell creates iconic images that carry a powerful message of education and conservation. Visit their website at inkdwell.com.
Curatorial Assistant Dylan Turk and Cynthia Nourse Thompson, Curator, Walton Arts Center on James Turrell
Wednesday, October 4, 6 to 7 pm
Join Crystal Bridges Curatorial Assistant Dylan Turk in conversation with Walton Art Center Curator Cynthia Nourse Thompson for an evening discussion on artist James Turrell. Turk and Nourse Thompson will provide insight into both The Way of Color Skyspace at Crystal Bridges and the Turrell work included in the Walton Art Center exhibition, Charting Terrain: A Confluence of Light and Form, opening October 5.
Saturday, October 7, 1 to 2 pm
Join local neon artist Brian Bailey in the Chihuly: In the Forest exhibition for a discussion around Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse 7 Neon. This discussion will cover the fascinating process of neon art. Space is limited; please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.
The talk is free, but a ticket to the exhibition is required. $10 (free for museum members)
What’s New? Reunited
Thursday, October 12, 1 to 2 pm
Join curator Mindy Besaw in the museum’s Colonial to Early Nineteenth-Century Art Gallery for a discussion on two works by John Singleton Copley: Mrs. Theodore Atkinson Jr. (Frances Deering Wentworth) and Theodore Atkinson Jr. Reunited for the first time in over 100 years, the two portraits tell the story of the maturing skills of Colonial Boston’s leading portraitist, as well as the New Hampshire Atkinson family. Come hear tales of marriage, art, love affairs, mis-attributions, and untimely deaths.
What’s New? Sam Gilliam’s Black and Golden Door
Thursday, October 19, 1 to 2 pm
In this conversation, Interpretation Manager Samantha Sigmon and Curatorial intern Gabi Andino will discuss the newly acquired artwork by Sam Gilliam, Black and Golden Door, which has recently been installed in the niche just inside the Colonial to Early Ninteenth-Century Art Gallery.
The US-China Poetry Dialog 2017/ 中美诗歌对话
Thursday, October 26, 6 to 7 pm
Join us in the galleries for an evening of poetry presented by the US-China Poetry Dialog. This event is a new collaboration between The University of Oklahoma, Beijing University, and the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series, featuring an exchange of poets and poetry critics to talk about the state of poetry, literature, and art in the US and China, as well as the role of the arts in cross-cultural understanding. This year Chinese poets will include Xi Chuan, Zhai Yongming, and Li Songtao. US poets will include Hank Lazer, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Arthur Sze, and the literary critics will include Stephen Fredman and Wang Guangming. Over the week the poets and critics will give poetry readings and engage audiences in conversation at the Fred Jones Museum of Art (Norman, Oklahoma), Crystal Bridges Art Museum (Bentonville, Arkansas), and at the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow (Eureka Springs Arkansas). The Dialog will be moderated by Jonathan Stalling.
Free, No registration required