In January, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites visitors to warm up with the dance exhibition, The Art of American Dance, on view until January 16. January programs include a concert by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA), the first-ever Tween Night, and Members can now get a behind-the-scenes peek with a new program series!
While school is out for the holidays, Crystal Bridges provides family-friendly activities each afternoon with Winter Break Wonders through Monday, January 2. Families can participate in artmaking, music, puppets, and dance while school is out. On December 31, families can enjoy the second annual Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration and parents can ring in the New Year with NEW 365!
Members are invited to kick off 2017 with the new series, Member Scoop. On January 11 members can participate in a guided experience and view The Art of American Dance with Interpretations Manager Samantha Sigmon and Exhibitions Designer Jessi Mueller.
On January 21 the museum will host its first Tween Night! This free event is open to all area middle and junior high school students, and will feature a DJ, dancing, artmaking, and unique gallery experiences.
Crystal Bridges welcomes SoNA on January 27 for an intimate concert and conversation about classical music and American art between Paul Haas, SoNA Music Director and Conductor, and Mindy Besaw, Crystal Bridges Curator.
STAY IN THE KNOW! Log in or create an account to customize your eNewsletters based on your interests. A full listing of January programs is below. Information and registration are available on Crystal Bridges’ calendar of events.
January 9 & January 14, 1 to 2 pm and January 12, 1 to 2 pm and 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Gallery Conversations » Exhibitions
Join curators, artists, writers, musicians, and more for stimulating conversations and performances in the permanent collection and temporary exhibition galleries. Visit the website for more information on speakers and topics each month.
Monday, January 9 and 23, 1 to 3 pm
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 adults 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/Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Wednesday, January 11 and 25, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Figure Drawing from the Nude Model
A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses and longer poses. Participants must be 18 or older. (Note: Figure Drawing sessions with a clothed model are offered each month, and are open to participants ages 14 and up. Visit crystalbridges.org for more info.) $10 ($5/Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Wednesday, January 11, 6 to 7 pm
NEW Member Scoop » Dance and Design
We’re kicking off a new series just for Members! Member Scoops are an opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes knowledge from various Museum staff members on special topics. For this Scoop, Members are invited to a special opportunity to view The Art of American Dance through a new lens. Join Interpretations Manager Samantha Sigmon and Exhibitions Designer Jessi Mueller for a behind-the-scenes look at bringing an exhibition to life!
FREE, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line.
Thursday January 12, 11:30 am to 2 pm
Preschool Playdate » Playful Patterns
Clap a pattern, make a pattern, and wear your favorite pattern at this Playdate! Join us for art projects, story time, and creative play inspired by patterns in our permanent collection.
FREE, no registration required.
Friday, January 13, 20, and 27, 2 to 3:30 pm
Homeschool Friday Fun » All About Me!
Discover how artists depict themselves and the people around them through art in our permanent collection. Back in the studio create a life-size self-portrait and use paint and collage materials to make art projects that are all about you! $45/3 sessions ($36/Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Friday, January 13, 7 to 8 pm
Hollywood Cinema Series » Shirley Temple and Bill “BoJangles” Robinson
Join us in the final days of The Art of American Dance exhibition for a screening of the 1935 movie The Little Colonel, which includes one of the most iconic scenes in American movie history: the staircase dance that Temple performed with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Featuring the first interracial couple to dance on screen, this scene was so controversial that it was cut from screenings in the South. Sponsored by inVeritas, Demara Titzer, and JTH Productions. FREE, register online or with Guest Services.
Saturday, January 14, 21, and 28, 10:30 am to noon
Preschool Art Class » Art in Action (Ages 3 to 5 with an adult)
Ready, set, action! You’ll have messy fun in this class that is all about art and movement! Explore action art in our permanent collection and make your own back in the studio. Experiment with paper marbling, spin art, and straw-blow painting. $30/3 sessions ($24/Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Monday, January 16, 9 to 11 am
Member Last Look » The Art of American Dance
Members are invited to a Members-only Last Look for the temporary exhibition The Art of American Dance. This exhibition features 90 works, ranging from realistic to abstract, by iconic and wide-ranging artists. It examines dance-inspired paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from the 1830s to the recent past—from dance in Native American cultures to ballroom dancing, to Jitterbug, swing, modern dance, and others. Visitors can observe American history of race, gender, ethnicity, and class through the lenses of dance and the visual arts. FREE, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line.
Wednesday, January 18, 6 to 7 pm
Wednesday Over Water (WOW) » The Scoop
Join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero and Museum curators to discuss little-known insights and anecdotes about the American artists in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection, as well as the regional cuisine of the time. Open to guests ages 21 and above. $40($32/Members), register online or with Guest Services. Sponsored by Premier Dermatology and Riedel Glassware.
Wednesday, January 18, 7 to 9 pm
College Hangouts » Work It
Get the lowdown on summer internships and other opportunities at Crystal Bridges and around the country during this special professional development workshop! Museum staff will share the ins and outs of resumes, cover letters, interviews, and how to choose the right job or internship for you. Sponsored by Stephen and Claudia Strange. Register online or with Guest Services.
Wednesday, January 18, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Art Book Club » An Island Garden
Pining for spring? Join this discussion of Celia Thaxter’s charming garden journal, An Island Garden, first published in 1894. Thaxter welcomed many artists to her home off the coast of Maine, including her friend Childe Hassam.
Attend February’s Great Reveal for an up-close look at the illustrations Hassam created for this book. FREE, no registration required.
Saturday, January 21, 7 to 9 pm
NEW Tween Night
Join us for the Museum’s first Tween Night! Crystal Bridges’ fantastic Teen Council has planned a great evening for younger students featuring a DJ, dancing, artmaking, and unique gallery experiences. This party is free, and open to all area middle and junior high school students. Sponsored by Rui J.P. de Figueiredo, Jr. and Natalia Ferretti and Nickelodeon. FREE, no registration required.
Friday, January 27, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Please join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero as he hosts a lively conversation with curator, Lauren Haynes. Ms. Haynes recently joined the curatorial team at Crystal Bridges, focusing her passion and expertise on contemporary art. From her time in Tennessee, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and now Arkansas, she’ll share her insights and inspirations about women in the art world. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Arvest Bank and Briar Rose Bakery, Cindy Flynt Walters and Betty Flynt, and Onyx Coffee Lab. $35 ($28/Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Friday, January 27, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Artinfusion Insights » Modern Momentum: Art + Music
Bring the arts directly into your world through exclusive encounters with artists and creative professionals! Enjoy a special walkthrough of the Museum’s Early Twentieth-Century Galleries led by a Crystal Bridges Curator, highlighting the exciting ways that modern artists captured the dynamic energies of the new twentieth century in their work. After the tour, head down to the Great Hall for a concert by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas that will expand on this theme! Exclusive to artinfusion Members, register online or with Guest Services. (Separate tickets required for the concert.) Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, The Hershey Company, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Blue Moon Brewing Company, and JTH Productions.
Friday, January 27, 8 to 9 pm
Concert by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Join us for an up-close experience with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas in an intimate concert and conversation about classical music and American art between SoNA Music Director and Conductor Paul Haas and Crystal Bridges Curator Mindy Besaw. Stay after the concert to mingle with the conductor, musicians, and curator for a post-performance reception. $50 ($40/Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Friday, January 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Art by the Glass» Loopy Doopy
Create an original work of art in this class that pairs wine with an art project. All materials plus two glasses of wine and light appetizers are provided. We’ll explore line- and mark-making in a whole new way, looking at the dizzying Wall Drawing 880, Loopy Doopy, by artist Sol LeWitt. $55 ($44/Members), register online or with Guest Services.