It’s officially spring! As the flowers bloom and the leaves fill the forest with color, we have new focus exhibitions, exciting speakers, family-friendly events, and flowers in the galleries to bring you back to life this season!
Whether you’re trying to find activities for your kids or grandkids during Spring Break, looking for activities with visiting family during Easter weekend, seeking stimulating events to expand your mind, or just want to get back out on the trails, here’s what Crystal Bridges has to offer this spring.
The spring season welcomes two new (FREE) focus exhibitions to the Crystal Bridges galleries.
March 2 – August 2019
Do you remember playing with Barbie dolls or baseball figurines as a kid? Experience that nostalgia through the lens of American photographer David Levinthal in this free, focus exhibition found in the Early American Art Gallery.
April 6 – October 2019
This free, focus exhibition explores the unique qualities of tempera painting and includes a Renaissance-era painting on loan from the Philbrook Museum of Art!
The Distinguished Speaker Series at Crystal Bridges is kicking the 2019 season off with two powerhouse female artists:
Friday, March 22, 7 to 8 pm
Remember the song O’ Superman from the ‘80s? Laurie Anderson is a visual artist, composer, musician, film director, and writer who has pushed disciplinary boundaries in American art for over four decades and is also included in the exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. Get your tickets here!
Wednesday, April 24, 7 to 8 pm
Vanessa German is an acclaimed visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She was featured in Crystal Bridges’ State of the Art exhibition (2014-15) and she recently won the 2018 Don Tyson Prize. Get your tickets here!
Saturday, April 6, 10 am to 6 pm
Slow Art Day is a museum event celebrated by 94 (and counting!) museums around the world. At Crystal Bridges, make some time to slow down and spend quality time with select artworks at the museum with guided sessions hosted by our Gallery Guides. Musicians will also play soothing music throughout the galleries. Want to get out on the grounds? Enjoy yoga on Walker Landing or plein air watercolor painting on the North Lawn. This museum-wide event is completely free and open to everyone.
Friday, April 22, 6 to 11:30 pm
Let’s send Men of Steel, Women of Wonder off with a bang! During the exhibition’s last weekend, come to Art Night Out dressed as your favorite superhero! We will be taking a group superhero photo at the beginning of the night, so make sure to get there early.
Superman and Wonder Woman will be making an appearance at the event, so be sure to grab your photo with them! We’ll also have food trucks, music, a comedy show, an adventure course for kids, and much more. Men of Steel, Women of Wonder will also be open and free for all guests – not to mention, the event is free, too!
Sunday, April 28, 6 to 7:30 pm
For the first time ever, Crystal Bridges’ culinary team is hosting an event outdoors on the museum’s grounds. Inspired by our popular WOW programs, High South Moments invites you to experience the ingredients and flavors of the Ozark region. At F.I.R.E., Food Inspires Real Emotion. Gather in the North Forest with local chefs as they cook around an open fire, igniting all senses among nature and friends. Get your tickets here!
Yoga + Art, Meditation + Mindfulness
Take some time to unwind at the museum with Mindful Mondays.
Every first Monday of the month, grab your yoga mat and head to Yoga + Art at the museum after work, led by instructors from Yoga Story.
Every second Monday of the month, join us for Meditation + Mindfulness in the galleries where we focus on a specific artwork and take some time meditating in front of it.
Also, don’t miss World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on Saturday, April 27! Each year on the last Saturday of April, people all over the world come together, to breathe together, providing a healing vision for our world. Beginning at 10 a.m., demonstrations will include Tai Chi Yang form, Chen Form, 24 Simplified form, Tai Chi Sword, and more, performed by local practitioners. Guests are invited to come and watch these ancient art forms, or join in during one of the guided demonstrations.
During your visit to Crystal Bridges, don’t forget to try Drop-in Artmaking, every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm at our studios, located off Walker Landing. Also, during Spring Break Specials, the Museum Store will offer fun artmaking activities. Be sure to swing by for a memento and fun art activity!
Special thanks to our sponsors:
David Levinthal: Barbie and Baseball is sponsored by The Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Arts Foundation.
Distinguished Speaker Series sponsored by Del Monte Foods.
High South Moments is sponsored by Gelmart International.