Sep 1, 2021 At the Museum The fall season brings new art experiences and vibrant colors of nature to Crystal Bridges. Here’s what you can look forward to at Crystal Bridges as you plan your visit for fall 2021: COVID-19 Visitation Policies: Per CDC’s updated guidelines, we are requiring all visitors ages 2 and up and staff to wear a face covering indoors and for outdoor programs. Masks will be available upon entry for those who do not have one. Concept Renderings by Studio Bryan Hanes Please pardon our construction As soon as you turn onto Museum Way, you’ll notice there is quite a lot happening. To the left of Museum Way, in the additional parking lot, construction is underway for Whole Health Institute, a non-profit created to make a transformative approach to health and wellbeing available to everyone. The facility will be located on the museum’s 120-acre grounds and include space for interactive programs welcoming participation from the community and a convening space for up to 800 people. In addition, the building will include offices for both Whole Health Institute and Art Bridges. This new 75,000 square-foot, multi-use office and community space has an estimated completion date of 2023. To the right of Museum Way, near Scott Family Amazeum, the museum is building a nature playscape inspired by arts, science, nature, and design, inclusive for guests of all ages. The space will invite visitors to step off the trail and into a park that uses the natural surroundings to engage the senses with interactive elements and water features that mimic the Ozark landscape. On the other side of the Amazeum, we are also building a free parking deck to accompany all visitors to both Crystal Bridges and the Amazeum. Please pardon our construction while we welcome new neighbors and gear up to provide even more great art and nature experiences! North Forest Lights is back for a final season Have you seen the lights yet? For the past two years, North Forest Lights has been wowing its visitors with spectacular light and sound installations and a chance to experience the North Forest at night. Now, the experience is back for a third (and final!) season at Crystal Bridges, open now through January 2, 2022. Don’t miss your last chance to see what everybody’s been talking about. Learn more and get tickets here. P.S. – Are you a Crystal Bridges member? Members receive discounted tickets to North Forest Lights and other ticketed events throughout the year! Not a member? Join today. Discover free focus exhibitions in the galleries Focus exhibitions tend to include fewer works than our temporary exhibitions and hone in on a particular theme rather than a broad idea. This fall, we have several exciting focus exhibitions to share in the galleries, and they are all free to enjoy! Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside. What I Know: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey On view now through October 11, 2021 Modern Art Gallery What I Know is an exhibition about knowledge featuring artworks created with a variety of media by Leroy Almon, Thornton Dial, Sam Doyle, Minnie Evans, Josephus Farmer, Roy Ferdinand, Bessie Harvey, Clementine Hunter, Joe Light, Ronald Lockett, Sister Gertrude Morgan, J.B. Murray, Sulton Rogers, Nellie Mae Rowe, Welmon Sharlhorne, Herbert Singleton, and Purvis Young. John Dyer (American, born 1947), Selena, 1992, Digital print on panel, 58 x 59 x 1 in. Courtesy of the artist. Selena Forever/Siempre Selena On view now through January 10, 2022 Early American Art Gallery Throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, Grammy Award-winning artist Selena Quintanilla-Pérez became an international pop sensation, creating a legacy that has lasted far beyond her brief life. In this exhibition coming from the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, hear her music and enjoy a selection of nine photographs in which the singer shines. Meet the Photographer! Join us for a Spotlight Talk with photographer John Dyer in the Great Hall. Get an up-close look at the story behind the photos included in Selena Forever/Siempre Selena, as well as the fascinating career that led John to that photoshoot in Texas. Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. The event is free but registration is required. Reserve your spot here. Julie Alpert: Altars, Keepsakes, Squiggles, and Bows On view now through February 21, 2022 Contemporary Art Gallery For this immersive exhibition, artist Julie Alpert transforms a section of the gallery into a spectacle of pattern, color, and shapes such as bows, drips, roses, hearts, hashtags, and jazz hands using painted wood, collage, and modified household objects. Martin Johnson Heade, Fork-tailed Woodnymph from The Gems of Brazil, ca. 1863-1864, oil on canvas. 12 1/4 × 10 in. (31.1 × 25.4 cm). Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment Opens November 20, 2021 Modern Art Gallery This interdisciplinary project takes flight from the influential series of paintings The Gems of Brazil (1863-64) by Martin Johnson Heade and expands outward to explore pollination in nature and ecology, cultural and artistic influence and exchange, and the interconnection between art and science extending from the nineteenth century to now. Learn more here. Enjoy free programs in October We’ve got some exciting programs coming this month for families and groups of all ages, including the return of our annual Trick Art Treat event at the end of the month. And the best part? The following events are FREE! Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside. Art Trail at Night Friday, October 15, 7 to 10 pm Come experience an evening of drop-in, creative fun under the stars with music, food, artmaking, and more. From light racers to shadow puppets on the South Lawn, we’re transforming the Art Trail into a glowing garden of light and imagination that’s fun for all ages. We’ll also have a pop-up concessions and bar area serving late-night snacks, sips, and brews for those wanting a little refreshment. Learn more here. Teen Night: Fright at the Museum Saturday, October 23, 7 to 9 pm Calling all teens: this party is just for you! Students in grades 9-12 from all over Northwest Arkansas are invited to attend our annual Halloween-themed Teen Night, featuring live music, a costume contest, murder mystery, and artmaking. Presented by the Crystal Bridges Teen Council. Learn more here. Trumpet Performance by Corey Wilkes Thursday, October 28, 4 to 5 pm Join us for an afternoon of performance with trumpeter Corey Wilkes, as he premieres a never-before-heard piece from inside Rashid Johnson’s outdoor work, The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni. This event is free, but registration is required. Learn more here. Trick Art Treat Sunday, October 31, 10 am to 3 pm Have a ghoulishly good time trick-or-treating, eating candy, and capturing your genius costumes at the photo-BOO-th! We’ll also have music, live performances, and take-home art kits for everyone—dressed up or not—to enjoy. This event is free but registration is required with time slots for arrival. Learn more and reserve your spot here. Enjoy seasonal coffee treats + fall foliage While we can’t quite predict when the weather is going to change, it is a magical time at Crystal Bridges. From seasoned leaf peepers to folks who just appreciate the crisp air and majesty of autumn in nature, come to Crystal Bridges and be surrounded by 120 acres of natural Ozark forest ablaze with bright red, orange, and yellow colors. Want to further fulfill your fall fantasies? Stop by the Coffee Bar inside and pick up a special seasonal drink. Try an Orange-Hazelnut Hot Chocolate or our spin on the Pumpkin Spice Latte. We are proud to feature a locally crafted pumpkin spice syrup created by KYYA Chocolate, combined with coffee from Onyx Coffee Lab and milk of your choice. You will never taste a PSL quite as good as this! Amy Sherald, Precious jewels by the sea, 2019, 120 in. × 108 in. × 2 1/2 in., oil on canvas, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. In American Waters is our next temporary exhibition, opening November 6 In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting is a new exhibition in which the marine painting is revealed to be so much more than ship portraits. Visitors will be transported across time and water on the wave of a diverse range of modern and historical artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Amy Sherald, Kay WalkingStick, Norman Rockwell, Hale Woodruff, Paul Cadmus, Thomas Hart Benton, Jacob Lawrence, Valerie Hegarty, Stuart Davis, and many more. In this exhibition, visitors will also discover the sea as an expansive way to reflect on American culture and environment, learn how coastal and maritime symbols moved inland across the United States, and question what it means to be “in American waters.” Crystal Bridges’ 10th birthday is November 11! Crystal Bridges first opened to the public on 11/11/11, nearly 10 years ago. During the weekend of November 11-14, we’re celebrating this milestone with fun events and free admission to In American Waters for everyone! We hope you join us for this exciting weekend as we Cheers to 10 Years of Crystal Bridges. See our list of free anniversary weekend events, anniversary blogs, and enter a giveaway here. Back to school? Back to the museum! School Tours are coming back on-site this fall! If you’re an educator looking for a fun and FREE field trip idea for your class, look no further than Crystal Bridges. Join us for an hour-long guided tour in the galleries, on the trails, or virtually. We offer a full menu of tour options encompassing all subject areas, grade levels, and abilities. Peruse all the tour options here. Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside. Shop the Museum Store Crystal Bridges’ Museum Store offers an engaging shopping experience in a one-of-a-kind environment. Shop from a selection of fine-art prints of some of the museum’s most popular works, as well as specialty items created exclusively for us, inspired by the art, architecture, and nature of Crystal Bridges. We are closed on Thanksgiving Crystal Bridges will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25. Otherwise, we will maintain our normal hours. Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside. Visit the Momentary and Bentonville Beyond Crystal Bridges, Bentonville (and the larger Northwest Arkansas area) are full of adventure. Visit the Momentary, our satellite contemporary art space, at 507 SE E St. for today’s visual, performing, and culinary arts. From public art and cultural museums to unique food and drink options to exciting nightlife and over 40 miles of connecting bike trails, there is something for everyone in Bentonville. Go to VisitBentonville.com for more information to plan your fall trip.