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The Light Fantastic

Exhibition
Early American Gallery
FREE
No Ticket Required
Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, Total Eclipse of the Sun, Armstrong & Company (lithographer), 1882, chromolithograph, 27 1/2 × 37 3/4 in., plate: 21 × 28 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2006.48.3.

Light is essential to art, even in its absence. The scientific, mysterious, and material qualities of it have inspired artists for centuries. Light shapes how artists and viewers alike understand color, form, and composition.

In The Light Fantastic, the works of 27 artists from the nineteenth century to today are displayed alongside one another as a meditation on light, featured in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. Look closely at photographs by Carrie Mae Weems and Gregory Crewdson alongside abstract, poetic interpretations of light by Jen Stark, Dale Chihuly, and Agnes Pelton. Discover how local community members use light in their own work, and consider how the lighting of the gallery affects perceptions of the exhibition. 

In this free, focus exhibition at Crystal Bridges, enjoy the power of art and get ready to trip The Light Fantastic.

Dale Chihuly/James Carpenter, Neon sculpture, 1969-1971, hand-blown colored glass, neon, argon, and electrical components, 13 x 36 x 21 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2012.21.
Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Woman standing), from the series The Kitchen Table, 1990, printed 2015, gelatin silver print, 28 1/4 × 28 1/4 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2015.24.3.
Étienne Léopold Trouvelot, Total Eclipse of the Sun, Armstrong & Company (lithographer), 1882, chromolithograph, 27 1/2 × 37 3/4 in., plate: 21 × 28 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2006.48.3.