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Performance: Corey Wilkes

North Forest

Experience a unique meeting of visual and performing arts!

We invite you to join us for an afternoon of performance with trumpeter Corey Wilkes, inspired by Rashid Johnson’s installation The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni. Corey will be premiering a never-before-heard piece composed specially for the sculpture on invitation from Rashid Johnson. Performed from inside the artwork itself and set in the colorful North Forest, this event promises to combine two artistic media into a one-of-a-kind experience. We hope to see you there!

Free, registration required. Register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Trumpeter Corey Wilkes

Per the CDC’s updated guidelines, we are now requiring all guests ages 2 and up and staff to wear a face covering indoors and while attending outdoor programs, except while eating or drinking. Masks will be available upon entry for those who do not have one.

About the Artists

Corey Wilkes has established himself as one of the best improvising trumpeters in the modern era. Having the skill and maturity to approach both avant-garde and mainstream jazz standards, he combines each style with his own unique sensibilities. Corey continues to bring his brand of musicianship and talent to the forefront of the genre.

Born in Chicago in 1977, Rashid Johnson is among an influential cadre of contemporary American artists whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history. After studying in the photography department of the Art Institute of Chicago, Johnson’s practice quickly expanded to embrace a wide range of media—including sculpture, painting, drawing, filmmaking, and installation—yielding a complex multidisciplinary practice that incorporates diverse materials rich with symbolism and personal history.

About The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni

This midnight blue, pyramidal sculpture is the largest outdoor work Rashid Johnson has created to date and serves as a living greenhouse. Crystal Bridges’ Trails and Grounds team worked closely with Johnson, giving great thought to the artist’s desire for this sculpture to incorporate plant miscegenation, or the interbreeding of different plants. The unfolding cacophony of colors, textures, and forms will attract a wide variety of admirers, including birds, insects, and, the artist hopes, you.