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October at Crystal Bridges includes: The Truth Booth, Piano Concert, a New Dance Exhibition, and Halloween in the Hollow

Art of American Dance

In the month of October, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites visitors to participate in an interactive art movement, enjoy a piano dedication concert, celebrate the opening of The Art of American Dance, and attend artinfusion’s annual Halloween in the Hollow party.

 

On October 4 and 5, the international art movement, The Truth Booth, is coming to Lawrence Plaza in downtown Bentonville. An interactive artwork, the inflatable video recording booth allows participants to record their own version of the statement beginning, “The

Truth is…” The Truth Booth is part of In Search of the Truth by The Cause Collective.

 

In collaboration with the Cliburn, the Olga Kerns Dedication Concert showcases a grand piano formerly belonging to pianist Val Cliburn that was gifted to the Museum. The concert is on October 9 and will be performed by the renowned Russian-American pianist, Olga Kern.

 

Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies: The Road to the White House, is on display through January 9, 2017, from the Museum of Democracy, The Wright Family Collection. The exhibition examines the history and power of visual advertising in political campaigns of American leaders from George Washington to Barack Obama. Featuring more than 40 campaign items such as buttons, flags, posters, and novelty items, the exhibition underlines the powerful role of mass-market campaign advertising in American elections. This diverse collection of objects reminds us that election messaging, mudslinging, and catchy slogans are as American as apple pie.  Sponsored by Randy and Valorie Lawson/Lawco Energy Group. High-res press images are available for download HERE.

 

The Art of American Dance is the first major traveling exhibition to explore American visual art related to the many forms of dance. The exhibition features 90 works by iconic and wide-ranging artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Nick Cave, and Faith Ringgold and examines dance-inspired paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from the 1830s to the recent past. These works are inspired by dance in Native American cultures to ballroom dancing, to Jitterbug, swing, modern dance, and others. Crystal Bridges is thrilled to house this exhibition from October 22, 2016 to January 16, 2017. In conjunction with The Art of American Dance, Crystal Bridges brings an exciting selection of dance companies, choreographers, and filmmakers to the museum, adding to the experience of the artwork and sharing new insights in visual art and dance.

 

Artinfusion’s annual Halloween in the Hollow will take place on Saturday, October 29 complete with dancing inspired by The Art of American Dance, kooky cuisine, a cash bar, and a costume contest!

 

A full listing of October programs is below. Information and registration are available on Crystal Bridges’ calendar of events.

 

Sunday, October 2, 11 am to 12:30 pm

Member Picnic at Family Sunday

Enjoy a festive and fun time as Crystal Bridges celebrates YOU, our Members. Join us for a fall celebration with family fun, delicious picnic food, and delightful music. After the Member Picnic, continue the fun with free Family Sunday activities throughout the Museum from noon to 5 p.m. Free for Members with limited capacity. Register online or by calling the Member Priority Line at 479.418.5728.

 

Sunday, October 2, noon to 5 pm

Family Sunday » The Big Draw

Celebrate the art of drawing with your family! Explore fun and unexpected ways to “make your mark” around the Museum with music and more at our fourth annual Big Draw Family Sunday. Expect WAY more than just crayons and paper! Sponsored by Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee; Procter & Gamble; Rockline Industries; and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Free, no registration required.

 

Monday, October 3 and 17, 1 to 3 pm

Figure Drawing

Join us on the first and third Mondays of each month for this adult Figure Drawing class to draw from a clothed model. 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 adult guests at the Museum. Model poses will include both short warm-up poses and longer poses. All drawing materials are provided. $10 ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Monday, October 3, 6 to 7 pm

Yoga and Art » Chakra Series: Sacral

Surrender and receive to accept change! Yoga Story’s Cindee Joslin leads this uplifting group experience uniting the power of art with the beauty of nature. Discover various Museum spaces as you are refreshed and renewed through motivational sessions on balancing chakras, color, and movement. Participants should bring their own yoga mat. This month’s chakra: sacral. $5 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, October 5, 6 to 8 pm

Wednesday Series for Educators » Politics in Art

Two hours of Professional Development credit is available. Sponsored by Neff and Scarlett Basore $10 ($8 for Members), register online or with Guests Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, October 5, 7 to 8 pm

Spotlight Talk » Architects Peter MacKeith and Joseph Weishaar

Enjoy a creative discussion between two architects: Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Dean Peter Mackeith, and 2013 graduate, Joseph Weishaar. Originally from Fayetteville, Weishaar recently won an international competition to design the World War I memorial in Washington, DC and is currently a project architect with Brininstool + Lynch in Chicago. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 to 9 pm

College Hang Out

College students, get ready for an off-the-wall experience at the Museum! We’ll go behind the scenes with the Collections Management team—our resident experts on art handling and exhibition preparation—to see the secret life of artworks before and after they are on display. Special thanks to the Crystal Bridges College Ambassadors. Sponsored by Stephen and Claudia Strange. Free, no registration required.

 

Thursday, October 6, noon to 6 pm

UNOde50 Jewelry Showcase

The creation of each UNOde50 design follows a unique process in the world of fine jewelry, using the same handcrafted production methods as it did when the store began.  Stop by and browse the bold and unique collection of Unode50 during this two day event. Free, no registration required.

 

Thursday, October 6, 1 to 2 pm and 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Gallery Conversation » What’s New? » Picasso and Magritte

The radical ideas of European avant-garde artists inspired many American artists to explore new forms of expression. In this Gallery Conversation, Associate Museum Educator Brady Plunger will discuss artists Pablo Picasso and René Magritte, as well as the European influences on American art at the turn of the century. Free, no registration required.

 

Friday, October 7, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Photo Salon » Black Light Photography with Victor Chalfant

Join Victor Chalfant for the last Photo Salon of the season to explore a darker side of image-taking: black light photography. Chalfant is the recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Fellowship award for photographic art, and his photography has been exhibited in galleries all across the country. Visit Chalfant’s website here. $10 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Saturday, October 8, 10 to 11:30 am

Discover the Grounds » Creepy Crawlers

Spiders, centipedes, scorpions, and other lesser-known arthropods cause fear for some and arouse fascination in others. Meet entomologist Austin Jones in the Museum’s courtyard under Louise Bourgeois’s  30-foot-tall spider sculpture, Maman. Discover the native crawlers here in the Ozarks, and how being creepy can actually be a good thing! We’ll discuss the characteristics that make arthropods unique, where to find them, and how to avoid danger when exploring these often-misunderstood members of our community. Sponsored by Blue Rhino. Free, no registration required.

 

Saturday, October 8, 9 am to 1 pm

Saturday Session for Teachers » Exploring Critique

Four hours of Professional Development credit is available. Sponsored by Neff and Scarlett Basore. $10, register online or with Guests Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Sunday, October 9, 4 to 5 pm

Concert » Olga Kerns Dedication Concert

In collaboration with the Cliburn, Crystal Bridges presents a special concert showcasing a grand piano formerly belonging to the great pianist Van Cliburn, which was recently gifted to the Museum. The concert will be performed by Olga Kern, who is recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists. With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship, and extraordinary technique, the Russian-born American pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, and began studying piano at the age of five. In 2001, Kern received the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas–the first woman to do so in more than 30 years. $50 ($40 for Members), register online or with Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Monday, October 10, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Creative Connections

Creative Connections is a program for individuals in the early stage of Alzheimer’s or related dementia and their care partners. Museum Educators facilitate interactive discussions of artworks in the galleries followed by hands-on art activities in the studio. No prior art experience is required. Refreshments and art materials are provided.

Sponsored by Loreen Arbus. Presented in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education. Free. Register through Alzheimer’s Association. To register, contact:  Alzheimer’s Association by calling (479) 273-5559, or email [email protected].

 

Wednesdays, October 12, 19, and 26, 1 to 2:15 pm

Preschool Art Class » Sensory Art

Experience art with all of your senses! Make art that creates sound, has yummy scents, and feels fantastic! $30/3 sessions ($24 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, October 12, 1 to 3 pm

Homeschool Tour and Art » Create Your Story

Spend the afternoon at the Museum as we write our own stories inspired by artwork! We’ll venture into the galleries to explore the theme of the day, and you’ll discover the elements of storytelling by creating a diorama and writing an original short story of your own.  Free, register online by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, October 12 and 26, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Figure Drawing from the Nude Model

Join us on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for this adult figure drawing class with a nude model.  Model poses will include both short 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.)  All drawing materials provided. $10 ($5 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, October 12, 7 to 9 pm

Artinfusion Insight » Latin Dance Beats

For this artinfusion Insight you’d better be ready to move to some Latin beats! Join artinfusion Members and their guests to enjoy a specially crafted menu of culture cocktails, wine, beer, and a complimentary selection of tantalizing appetizers. After a drink, take to the dance floor with our guest dance instructor to bust out your signature moves and maybe learn some new ones. Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, The Hershey Company, Wright Lindsey Jennings, and Blue Moon Brewing Company, and JTH Productions. Free for artinfusion Members. Register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335

 

Thursday, October 13, 11:30 am to 2 pm

Preschool Playdate » Music!

Make beautiful music at Preschool Playdate! Create art projects that make sound, and enjoy story time and creative play inspired by our permanent collection. Preschool Playdate begins with an 11:30 a.m. performance in the Great Hall. Sponsored by Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee and the Segal Family Foundation. Free, no registration required.

 

Thursday, October 13, 1 to 2 pm

Gallery Conversation » What’s New? » Joseph Cornell

Join Curatorial Assistant Alejo Benedetti to explore new recent acquisition Untitled (Palais de Cristal) by Joseph Cornell. This assemblage artwork that contains objects collected by the artist in his wanderings around New York City. Free, no registration required.

 

Thursdays, October 13, 20, and 27, 6:30 to 8 pm

Studio Squad » Painting

Are you more of an Action painter or an Impressionist? Do you prefer watercolor or acrylic? Explore new styles and techniques of painting each week with Studio Squad! We’ll begin by looking at paintings in the Museum galleries, and then experiment with paint media back in the studio. Sponsored by Nickelodeon. $45/3 sessions ($36 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Fridays, October 14, 21, and 28, 2 to 3:30 pm

Homeschool Friday Fun (ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12) » Creature Feature

Each day we’ll explore different critters and creatures featured in the Museum’s permanent collection galleries, and then make artful animals—both real and imaginary—back in the studio. $45/3 Sessions ($36 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Saturdays, October 15, 22, and 29, 10:30 am to noon

Young Artists Class » Wild About Art

Join us on a gallery safari to find bears, dogs, horses, and more animals throughout our permanent collection. Back in the studio, you’ll use Model Magic, paint, and other materials to create your own animal artworks. $45/3 Sessions ($36 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Sunday, October 16, 11 am to 5 pm

Adult Workshop » Transcending Watercolor

Discover artists and writers in this literature and watercolor workshop led by artist Carol Cooper. The workshop will begin with a discussion on the American Transcendentalist writers in association with the Hudson River School artists in the Museum’s Colonial to Early Nineteenth-Century Gallery. We’ll transition to sketching en plein air on the Museum trails and grounds and painting in watercolor in the studios. All projects will be demonstrated, but personal expression and interpretation are encouraged. All materials are provided. $55 ($44 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Wednesday, October 19, 6 to 7 pm

SOLD OUT WOW » Oktoberfest in the Ozarks

Please join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero and a special guest from Miller Coors as they discuss the art of beer-making in the twenty-first century. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Premier Dermatology and Riedel Glassware. $35 ($28 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335

 

Friday, October 21, 9 am to 9 pm and Saturday, October 22, 9 to 10 am

Member Preview » The Art of American Dance

Members are invited to preview the temporary exhibition, The Art of American Dance. This is the first major traveling exhibition to explore visual art related to the many forms of American dance. Featuring some 90 paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs, this exhibition examines dance-inspired works from the 1830s to the 1960s—from dance in Native American cultures to ballroom dancing, to Jitterbug, swing, modern dance, and others. During this more-than-100-year period, dance engaged every segment of US society and every artistic medium, creating arenas for social interactions, popular entertainments, and artistic experimentation. Free, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line at 479.418.5728.

 

Friday, October 21, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Art by the Glass » The Art of American Dance

Join us in the studios for an evening of artmaking, music, and wine! This Art by the Glass will take a special look at the way artists have represented dance in the temporary exhibition The Art of American Dance, inspiring us to paint our own interpretation of the figure while listening to music. $44 ($35 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Saturday, October 22, 10 am to 6 pm

Trent Tally Pottery Demonstration

Come enjoy a demonstration and browse artworks by Trent Tally.  Tally is a nationally known, award-winning artist whose work in porcelain, stoneware, low-fire earthen ware and raku combines influences from primitive, ancient and modern art.  Free, no registration required.

 

Saturday, October 22, 1 to 1:45 pm

Gallery Conversation » Ballet Arkansas

Meet Executive Director of Ballet Arkansas Michael Bearden in this gallery conversation exploring the relationships between art, dance, and culture. Free, no registration required.

 

Saturday, October 22, 2 to 3 pm

Exhibition Opening Lecture » Jane Dini on The Art of American Dance

Hear from The Art of American Dance Curator, Jane Dini. She’ll explore dance through the lenses of history, culture, daily life, and entertainment as documented by artists in the exhibition. Dini serves as Associate Curator of American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is currently preparing a book on John Singer Sargent. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

Saturday, October 22, 7 to 10 pm

Teen Night » Fright at the Museum

High school students from all over Northwest Arkansas are invited to attend our annual Halloween-themed Teen Night, featuring live music, a costume contest, and artmaking. This year, inspired by the exhibition The Art of American Dance, expect LOTS of dancing. Ballet Arkansas dancers will be on hand to teach you new party moves!

Presented by the Crystal Bridges Teen Council. Sponsored by The Nicole and John Weeldreyer Family Fund. Free, no registration required.

 

Sunday, October 23, 4 to 5 pm

Performance » Ballet Arkansas

Inspired by The Art of American Dance exhibition, enjoy a Great Hall performance by Ballet Arkansas, featuring a mixed repertoire of classical ballet, contemporary dance, and dance theatre. Stories will unfold through dance, including a vignette on Johnny Cash, a short dance comedy on married life, and more! Based in Little Rock, Ballet Arkansas is the state’s premiere dance company, touring nationally and hosting world-class dancers.   Sponsored by Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Demara Titzer, and JTH Productions. Free, no registration required.

 

Monday, October 24, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Creative Connections

Creative Connections is a program for individuals in the early stage of Alzheimer’s or related dementia and their care partners. Museum Educators facilitate interactive discussions of artworks in the galleries followed by hands-on art activities in the studio. No prior art experience is required. Refreshments and art materials are provided. Sponsored by Loreen Arbus. Presented in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education. Free. Advance registration through Alzheimer’s Association required. To register, contact:  Alzheimer’s Association by calling (479) 273-5559, or email [email protected].

 

Saturday, October 29, 9 pm to midnight

Artinfusion’s Halloween in the Hollow

Mark your calendars for artinfusion’s annual Halloween in the Hollow! Dig up your best creepy, kooky, or creative costume and come prepared to take on the competition in our costume contest. The night explores contemporary dance in all its wildest and challenging movements, inspired by The Art of American Dance. Supernatural cuisine crafted by Eleven’s mad-scientist chefs and a cash bar will be available. Your first drink is on us! Must be at least 21 to attend.  Sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi X, RopeSwing, The Hershey Company, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Blue Moon Brewing Company, and JTH Productions. Free for artinfusion Members, $35 for guests, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

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