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Decorative jello mold on a plate surrounded by mint leaves and topped with maraschino cherries
WOW Celebrates Mid-Century Art and Jazz through the Lens of Food
September 23, 2017
Studies of “Mr. Crowley” – The Chimpanzee in the Central Park Menagerie – Drawn by Frederick Stuart Church
The Sad True Story of Mister Crowley of Central Park
September 25, 2017
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Gallery Conversations in October

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.



Monarch Migration

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


 An adult monarch butterfly feeding on a purple flower

An adult Monarch.



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. 


An interior view of the Skyspace during the evening display.

An interior view of the James Turrell’s Skyspace at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, during the evening display.


Neon Art

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)


A collection of Dale Chihuly's neon "Tumbleweed" sculptures, titled Boathouse 7 Neon.

Boathouse 7 Neon by Dale Chihuly, on view in Chihuly: In the Forest.


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.


John Singleton Copley, (1738 - 1815) Mrs. Theodore Atkinson, Jr. (Frances Deering Wentworth), 1765

John Singleton Copley, (1738 – 1815)
Mrs. Theodore Atkinson, Jr. (Frances Deering Wentworth), 1765
Crystal Btridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Oil on canvas


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.


Sam Gilliam's Black and Golden Door image, with door opened.

Sam Gilliam, born 1933
Black and Golden Door, 1996
Arcylic on birch plywood with aluminum construction and piano-hinged door
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas


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

Chinese feminist poet Zhai Yongming

Chinese poet Zhai Yongming

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