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The Summer 2022 Guide to Crystal Bridges

We love summer at Crystal Bridges. Our 120 acres are in full bloom and new seasons bring new exhibitions and events to learn, get inspired, and find solace. This year, we’re bursting at the seams with art, architecture, and nature for everyone to enjoy, from our first outdoor architecture exhibition to an entire weekend of festivities celebrating The Dirty South and the arrival of an original print of the US Constitution in July. Use this blog to plan your summer visit to Crystal Bridges, and check back often for updates.

First, a few things to note:

Summer Hours: Between Memorial Day (5/31) and Labor Day (9/5), the galleries will open at 10 am each day, giving everyone an extra hour to enjoy art.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff:

 

Discover The Dirty South through Art, Music, and Events

Celebrating 100 years of southern Black culture, The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse engages multiple senses to spotlight the southern landscape through its musical heritage, spiritual complexity, and regional swagger. Through a narrative of persistence and power seen in visual art, video, textiles, sound elements, instruments, costumes, and even a customized car in the south lobby, discover how southern Black expression across time and geography has shaped and influenced the South and US contemporary culture as we know it today.

Two visitors stare a sculpture of stacked speakers in a gallery
Nadine Robinson, Coronation Theme, [date]. Seen in The Dirty South.

Don’t Miss These Events Celebrating The Dirty South

 

The Dirty South Weekend

July 15-17 | Events listed below

We’re bringing together hip-hop artists, poets, scholars, and more for a multi-day event to celebrate and explore the themes of The Dirty South. From artist talks to live music performances (including Run the Jewels and Big Boi at the Momentary on July 16!), check out the lineup of events below, get your tickets, and come celebrate with us.

 

Enjoy These Free Exhibitions

 

a pattern of oval shapes in magenta, pastel green, and brown colors intersecting with one another
Image courtesy of the artist.
Loring Taoka: ±

Open now through March 27
Free | in the Contemporary Art Gallery

In ±, artist Loring Taoka immerses a section of the Contemporary Art Gallery in this pattern, inviting visitors to leave their expectations and comfort zones behind and fall into a space of illegibility. Walking down the hall, one can engage with the pattern through moments of optical disruption through the lenses of frosted glass, light boxes, gels, acrylics, and protrusions that pull the pattern off the wall and bring it into one’s own memories, experiences, and personal references.

 

Group of Calvary men and Native Americans on horseback fighting
Charles Schreyvogel, Breaking Through the Line, early 20th century, oil on canvas, 46 1/4 x 58 3/4 x 2 3/16 in. Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Let’s Talk: Art of the West

Open now through September 12
Free | in the Early American Art Gallery

A free, interactive, focus exhibition featuring paintings on loan from the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa, Oklahoma) that highlight western art and asks audiences to look, think, and share. Prompts throughout the gallery invite guests to tell what they know about the history of the American West and their perceptions of western art. In response to guest feedback, the labels and other supporting material in the exhibition will change throughout the course of its three-month run.

 

Historical print of the US Constitution
John Dunlap and David Claypool, The Official First Edition of the Constitution, 1787, ink on paper, 16 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. Private Collection. Photograph Courtesy of Sotheby’s, Inc. ©2021.
We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy

Opens July 2
Get free timed tickets here | in the Modern Art Gallery

In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a rare, original print of the US Constitution (one of only eleven known in the world) is going on view at Crystal Bridges. In this free exhibition, the document is displayed in conversation with works of art by influential historical and contemporary artists that provide diverse American perspectives on the nation’s founding principles.

 

R. Buckminster Fuller, Fly’s Eye Dome, 1961, fabricated ca. 1980, fiberglass-reinforced polyester, 38 x 50 x 50 ft. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2015.15. Courtesy, The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller. Photo by Ironside Photography.
Architecture at Home

Opens July 9
Free | along the Orchard Trail

Architecture at Home, Crystal Bridges’ outdoor architecture exhibition, brings together five prototypes for homes to spark a dialogue about contemporary housing. Through research, interviews, and innovative thinking, five architecture firms based across the Americas designed and fabricated 500 square-foot prototypes for a contemporary house to be displayed in the exhibition and visitors can enter and walk around them. Overall, this exhibition helps us better understand how architecture affects our lives, determine what makes a house a home, and celebrate the artistry in building and shelter. Learn more about this project and the participating architects.

 

people dancing in the woods during the forest concert series
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Enjoy live music at the Forest Concert Series

Spend your summer Saturday evenings enjoying live music at Crystal Bridges during the return of our Forest Concert Series! Bring your lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy live music under the forest trees. A food truck and cash bar will be available throughout the night, as well as artmaking activities.

  • July 2 – Luna Luna: Dreamy retro synth-pop and sweetheart jams to keep us all feeling young
  • July 9 – Joel Frahm: An evening of bold, inventive jazz by a seasoned saxophonist
  • July 30 – The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: A ragtag collection of Ozark hippies playing electric bluegrass

 

an educator wearing a covid mask stands in front of an artwork speaking to a group of seated children
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

There are a few Summer Camp spots left

Make the most of your family’s summer break with weeklong day camps designed for kids ages 4 to 18. Explore the grounds in a camp all about art and nature, or give the architect in the family a chance to build their skills with a camp connecting STEM and the arts. Whatever your kids’ passions, they’re sure to find plenty to love at the museum. Learn more and search available camp spots here.

 

People at spaced out tables eating in a restaurant
Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Enjoy lunch or coffee in Eleven

Spend some time enjoying a southern-inspired dish or seasonal coffee drink in Eleven. It’s the perfect place to take a break from your art adventuring while enjoying floor-to-ceiling views of Ozark nature underneath Jeff Koons’s Hanging Heart.

a crowd of people outside on the momentary green on a sunny day
The Momentary Green

Visit Bentonville and the Momentary

Make your trail walk (or bike) count! Take the Art Trail to downtown Bentonville and continue on to the Momentary at 507 SE E St., about 1.5 miles one-way. Read the Momentary’s Summer Guide to learn what’s going on in the space during this season.

Visiting Bentonville for the first time this season? There’s something for everyone, from public art and cultural museums to unique food and drink options to exciting nightlife and over 40 miles of connecting bike trails. Go to VisitBentonville.com for more information to plan your summer trip.

 

Thank you to our sponsors:

The Dirty South sponsored by Harrison and Rhonda French Family | Ramsay, Jaquita and Sarah Ball | Catherine and Stephan Roche | Esther Silver-Parker | Deborah Wright. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Architecture at Home sponsored by Ford Foundation | Airways Freight Corp. | Engel & Völkers | Ken and Liz Allen | The Incredible Building Co. | Tartaglino Richards Family Foundation.

We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy is sponsored by Kenneth C. Griffin.

Learning and engagement programming for We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy is sponsored by Scholastic Inc. | Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates, & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. | Johnny and Jeanie Morris, Bass Pro Shop | Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc. | Sotheby’s | Bob and Becky Alexander | Marybeth and Micky Mayfield | Lamar and Shari Steiger | Jeff and Sarah Teague / Citizens Bank | Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities | Avis and Bill Bailey | Scarlett and Neff Basore | The Harrison and Rhonda French Family | Jim and Susan von Gremp | Shannon and Charles Holley | Valorie and Randy Lawson / Lawco Energy Group | Neal and Gina Pendergraft | Helen Porter | JT and Imelda Rose | Lee and Linda Scott | Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Catherine and Michael Mayton, Trustees | William Reese Company

Forest Concert Series sponsored by iHeartMedia, Johnson & Johnson, avad3, and General Mills. Presented on the Coca-Cola Stage.