Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art presents Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest
June brings new life to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with the opening of an indoor-outdoor exhibition and new concert series, a day-long celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, summer camps, and much more!
Memorial Day through Labor Day, the galleries open at 10 a.m. The museum is extending evening hours Wednesdays through Fridays until 10 p.m. so visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy the outdoor Chihuly exhibition after dark.
Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest, by the American sculptor Dale Chihuly, is now on view in the gallery and along the newly enhanced North Forest Trail. The dual exhibition highlight Chihuly’s long career and showcases his newest projects in a museum-wide experience of light, color, and masterful forms. In the newly enhanced forest, Chihuly Saturday Nights features live music, artmaking and fun all summer. See the full lineup.
Architecture lovers will enjoy a celebration of Frank Lloyd Wrights’ 150th birthday with a full day of activities on June 8 at the Bachman-Wilson House. A lecture on June 22 with founder of Selldorf Architects in New York, Annabelle Selldorf, will present innovative approaches to the architecture in museums and gallery spaces.
Celebrate dad with artmaking, music, and more at a free Family Sunday on June 18, and encourage the kids to explore their creativity at one of the manySummer Camp options offered by the museum for all ages.
STAY IN THE KNOW! Log in or create an account to customize your eNewsletters based on your interests. A full listing of May programs is below. Information and registration are available on Crystal Bridges’ calendar of events.
Adult Mini Workshops » Sculpture
Wednesday, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, July 5 and 12, 6 to 8:30 pm
Led by artist Benjamin Cirgin, visitors will create a small-scale three-dimensional landscape sculpture using a reductive method of carving and cleaving raw clay. Participants will spend time studying the Crystal Bridges landscape as it merges with the temporary exhibition Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest. Each sculptor will have the opportunity to cover their work with colored glaze, resulting in a fused, pure glass finish. Projects will be fired off site and available for pickup at the museum two weeks after the workshop. $45 ($36 for Members) per session. Register online or with Guest Services for just one session, or all six.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday at Crystal Bridges
Thursday, June 8, 11 am to 9 pm
Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday with a visit to the Bachman-Wilson House!
Bachman-Wilson House Guides will be stationed in and around the house ready to entertain you with fun birthday trivia about the famous architect. Tickets are free for this opportunity and can be booked by phone (479.657.2335), online, or at Guest Services.
Summer Family Fun » Frank Lloyd Wright Celebration
Thursday, June 8, 5 to 7 pm
Celebrate the architect’s 150th birthday at the Frank Lloyd Wright house! Enjoy live music, artmaking, creative play, and birthday cake!Free, no registration required.
Artinfusion Insight » Special Highlight! FLW @ 150
Thursday, June 8, 8 to 10 pm
Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday with artinfusion! Festivities will include late-night VIP tours of the Bachman-Wilson House, special “Architecture of Cocktails” demonstrations with Eleven’s expert mixologists, mood music, and a delectable menu.
Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, General Mills, Greenwood Gearhart, Inc., The Hershey Company, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Blue Moon Brewing Company, and JTH Productions. Free to artinfusion Members, register online or with Guest Services.
CR(EAT)E » Art Inspires Cuisine
Sunday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Watch Crystal Bridges culinary team in action in this cooking demonstration during which you’ll enjoy five courses paired with wine. Taste how art inspires the culinary world of Crystal Bridges! $100 ($80 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. Sponsored by Hunter and Virginia Breshears, Flintco, and Onyx Coffee Lab.
Summer Camp » Art and Nature, Ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12
Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16, 9 am to noon
Get out and about during this camp in which you’ll explore the trails and grounds of Crystal Bridges! Visit the galleries to see how artists are inspired by the great outdoors, and create fun art projects that combine art and nature.
Sponsored by Nice-Pak Products, Inc.
$150 ($120 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Summer Camp » Pop Art Camp, Ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12
Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16, 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Discover Pop art in the permanent collection, including works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Experiment with painting and printing techniques to make art that really “pops”! Sponsored by Nice-Pak Products, Inc. $150 ($120 for Members)
Figure Drawing from the Nude Model
Wednesday, June 14 and 28, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Join us on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for this adult figure drawing class from a nude model. A variety of 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 on the first and third Mondays of each month, and are open to participants ages 14 and up.) $10 ($5 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Arkansas New Plays Festival
Friday, June 16, 5:30 and 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 17, 2 and 4:30 pm
You’re invited to sit in for Arkansas’ premiere festival of new works for the American stage, presented by Theatre Squared. Performance readings include an intimate conversation with the playwright and cast, which will help shape new works from the ground up. New Play Passes, granting entry to all events, are on sale now for $45. Reserve your passes online at waltonartscenter.org or by calling Tickets Northwest Arkansas at (479) 443-5600. Seating is very limited.
Yoga Solstice » 108 Sun Salutations
Saturday, June 17, 7 to 8 am
Welcome the summer season with 108 Sun Salutations on Crystal Bridges’ lush South Lawn, facilitated by Lynn Hancock of Yoga Story. This special yoga session celebrates the arrival of the summer season with 108 poses that will refresh you and energize your yoga practice. Before-hours arrival: Please note that the Museum does not open to the public until 10 a.m. and no bathrooms are available. Please bring your own yoga mat and water and dress appropriately. $5 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Family Sunday » Father’s Day
Sunday, June 18, noon to 5 pm
Bring Dad, Grandpa, or another special guy to the museum to celebrate Father’s Day with artmaking, music, and more. Sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Procter & Gamble, and Rockline Industries. Free, no registration required.
Summer Camp » Imaginate & Create with Crystal Bridges and the Scott Family Amazeum Ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12
Monday, June 19, through Friday, June 23, 9:30 am to 3 pm
Enjoy the unique opportunity to travel between two museums for a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience hosted by the Scott Family Amazeum and Crystal Bridges! Does your imagination run wild? Are you bursting with creativity? This special week of camp is for you! Spend half of each day in the Amazeum, investigating how you view the world in weird and wonderful ways using curiosity, creativity, and ingenuity. Then spend the other half of the day at Crystal Bridges discovering how artists use these elements, too. The program includes daily STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities. Visits to the Amazeum’s Imaginate exhibit and Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection and the temporary exhibition, Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest, will have your camper’s imagination soaring. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy two summer camps in one! Sponsored at Crystal Bridges by Nice-Pak Products, Inc. Scott Family Amazeum summer camps are presented by BIC Corporation. $335 ($265 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. Crystal Bridges and Amazeum Members enjoy a discount on camp registration. You only need to be a Member of one museum to enjoy this discount. Scott Family Amazeum and Crystal Bridges
Wednesday, June 21, 6 to 8:30 pm
Adult Mini Workshop » Margaret Warren
Led by artist Margaret Warren, who currently teaches ceramics at National Park College in Hot Springs. Participants will work with fired clay to create elegant fluted bowls and saucers that imitate similar shapes created in glassblowing. Each student will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of glaze colors and to add glass chips to the center of their bowls, creating a unique blend of colors. Projects will be fired off site and available for pickup at the museum two weeks after the workshop. $45 ($36 for Members) per session. Register online or with Guest Services for just one session, or all six.
WOW » Chihuly Exhibition SOLD OUT
Wednesday, June 21, 6 to 7:30 pm
Museum curators join Crystal Bridges Director of Culinary Programming and Events Case Dighero to discuss the temporary exhibitionChihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Premier Dermatology and Gelmart International. $40 ($32 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Spotlight Talk » Architecture Lecture: Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA
Thursday, June 22, 7 to 8 pm
Founder of the New York firm Selldorf Architects, Annabelle Selldorf presents a discussion on architecture and design in this Spotlight Talk. Selldorf will provide a unique look at how the firm has taken innovative approaches to the architecture in museum and gallery spaces, discussing recent projects. Selldorf Architects’ projects include designs for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Clark Art Institute, Neue Galerie New York, and Brown University. She was also recently selected for the expansion and renovation of the Frick Collection in New York City.
Craft Squared » Drawing!
Friday, June 23, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Meet us in the studios to grab a glass of beer and discover fun, action-packed drawing processes with a variety of materials, such as squirt bottles, ink, charcoal, and more! The evening is about experimentation, energy, and the creative process. All materials, two glasses of beer, and light appetizers are provided. $55 ($44 Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Summer Family Fun » Movie Night
Fridays, June 23, July 28, and August 11, 8:30 pm
Bring a blanket and enjoy a family-friendly movie! Free, no registration required.
Artinfusion Excursion » Team Springdale at the Perrodin Supply Co.
Saturday, June 24
Artinfusion returns to Springdale to hang out with artists Amber and Jonathan Perrodin in their converted warehouse space. The Perrodins are the masterminds behind #TeamSpringdale and The Little Craft Show, among many other projects. Come prepared to be inspired! Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, General Mills, Greenwood Gearhart, Inc., The Hershey Company, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Blue Moon Brewing Company, and JTH Productions. Exclusive to artinfusion Members, watch out for email invitations.
A Day of Wellness Retreat
Sunday, June 25, 9 am to 4 pm
Find balance, creativity, and wellness at Crystal Bridges in this full-day retreat. Instructor Cindee Johnson will lead transformative practices that include an introduction to Eccentrics Movement combining tai chi and ballet, creativity sessions on finding the artist within, and discovering essential oils. The afternoon will conclude with meditation, leaving you refreshed, centered, and grounded. $55 ($44 Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Summer Family Fun » Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew
Wednesday, June 28, 7 to 8 pm
Grab a close seat as Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre transports you back to the lively and colorful days of Old World Italy, where adventure, music, and above all, passion was a way of life. Through a flurry of song and spectacle, join the rambunctious and arrogant Petruchio in his quest to woo the unimpressed and headstrong “Kate the Curst.” Inspired by Italian traditions of puppetry andcommedia dell’arte, the players bring the audience right into the middle of the action. So come ready to play─they can’t tell the story without you! Free, no registration required.
Wednesday, June 28, 6 to 8:30 pm
Adult Mini Workshop » Octavio Logo
Led by artist Octavio Logo, who has made public murals throughout Mexico and in Northwest Arkansas, this workshop will introduce techniques of repetition and geometric forms with air-dry sculpture media. Each student .will leave with a finished artwork. $45 ($36 for Members) per session. Register online or with Guest Services for just one session, or all six.
Performance Lab » Live Cinema by Brent Green and Sam Green
Friday, June 30, 8 to 9:30 pm
Live music meets stop-motion animation and documentary shorts in this wild, outdoor show! Self-taught animator Brent Green and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground) burst the boundaries of cinema by pairing live music and narration with vignettes of their films. In this showcase of their best work, the filmmakers will be accompanied by Foley sound artist Kate Ryan and a band composed of Brendan Canty (Fugazi), James Canty (Nation of Ulysses), and Becky Foon (Silver Mt. Zion). The work was a 2016 New Waves Festival selection at the Brooklyn Academy of Arts. Sponsored by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Demara Titzer, and JTH Productions. $10 ($8 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.
Art by the Glass » ArtWord
Friday, June 30, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Draw inspiration from art and text in this fun social class that pairs wine with an art project! After viewing works from our permanent collection that incorporate text, we’ll return to the studios to learn artful hand-lettering techniques that will spell out our own masterpiece.
All materials, plus two glasses of wine and light appetizers, are provided.
$55 ($44 for Members), register online or with Guest Services.