This year, Crystal Bridges launched a new podcast called Museum Way! On the series, we share all the ins-and-outs of the museum, from the galleries to the trails, the architecture and more—you learn the museum way of Crystal Bridges. Along with Interpretation Manager and host Stace Treat, you hear directly from staff and special guests about upcoming projects, museum secrets, and answers to your questions.
There are 7 episodes available now! While you travel for the holidays, plug in and spend some time learning more about Crystal Bridges. A few of our recent episodes include:
Contemporary Indigenous art comes front and center in Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now—on view now at Crystal Bridges through January 7. Discover new stories as today’s Indigenous artists fill the gallery with exquisite colors, images of community and joy, and thought-provoking moments of reflection.
In this episode, we talk with Interpretation Manager Samantha Sigmon and Director of Audience Research & Evaluation Juli Goss about planning an exhibition from the beginning. From interpretation tactics to focus groups and research, we’re sharing the behind-the-scenes planning process for Art for a New Understanding. Listen here.
On this episode of Museum Way, we talk with Negar Ahkami, an artist who was featured in The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art. Ahkami’s paintings are colorful collisions of influence and critique that she refers to as “an aesthetic of contradiction.” She incorporates Persian architecture and design into her paintings as a proxy for Iranian culture alongside a stylized cartoon aesthetic. Growing up in the U.S., she was acutely aware of her identity as an American, but one who was constantly defending her Iranian heritage. While her fusion of styles underscores her own sense of cultural hybridity, the work reflects Ahkami’s idea that Iran is presented in American media as a “cartoon” of its real self.
In the second half of the episode, we chat with Kim Crowell, Associate Museum Educator in Access and Inclusive Programs and Accessibility Coordinator, about museum programs focused on access and inclusion. Crystal Bridges offers a number of on-site accommodations for guests with disabilities in order to assure an enjoyable and engaging experience at the museum. Learn more about museum access here, and read a blog post by Kim on multi-sensory tours!
Other Museum Way episodes include a conversation on artwork installation, a chat with our Eleven restaurant chef, a look into museum virtual reality, and more. Subscribe to the podcast to be notified whenever we post a new episode—more exciting episodes are coming soon!
Crystal Bridges Interpretation Manager Stace Treat is the host of Museum Way. New episodes of the podcast are launched each month! Subscribe to be the first to listen, and head over to our social media channels to let us know what you’d like to hear on future episodes.