Art for a New Understanding:
Native Voices, 1950s to Now

October 6, 2018, through January 7, 2019

Contemporary Indigenous art comes front and center in Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now—a new, free exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges. 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.

Tickets

Admission to Art for a New Understanding is free.
Reserve a free ticket here, or pick one up at Guest Services.

2018 Tickets

2019 Tickets

Special Exhibition Drop-In Tour

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1 pmTours offered October 15 to January 7

Meet one of our knowledgeable guides in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery for a 45-minute guided tour of highlights fromArt for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now. The tour is free; exhibition ticket is required. Arrive five minutes prior to tour time.

Blog Posts


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A full-color catalog, published by the University of Arkansas Press, is available for purchase in our Museum Store or call 479.657.2310 to order.

Art for A New Understanding Catalog Cover

The exhibition features over 80 artworks from the 1950s to today, including paintings, photography, video, sculptures, performance art, and more, all created by Indigenous US and Canadian artists. Spend some time with artworks by an artist who creates social critiques through basket weaving, three sisters who challenge heavy topics with humor and heart, an artist who created a large-scale mural based on her Northwest Arkansas environmental experience, plus many more.

Listed as one of the ‘most promising museum shows around the world’ by ARTNews and ‘one of the 10 US art shows you have to see this fall’ by AFAR Magazine, Art for a New Understanding will broaden your definition of contemporary art with a new understanding of Indigenous art.

Upcoming Programs

Enjoy a wide range of programs for all ages.

Dec 14

Spotlight Talk » Muriel Miguel: A Retrospective

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Artist-led Workshops

Explore your creativity with one of our Adult Workshops led by artists in the exhibition. #ArtistsatCB

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Admission sponsored by

The Christy and John Mack Foundation

There is no fee to visit this exhibition

Art For New Understand Sponsor Logos

Sponsored by Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, National Endowment for the Humanities, Annenberg Foundation, Bass Pro Shops, National Endowment for the Arts, ConAgra Brands, Arkansas Humanities Council, Becky and Bob Alexander, Frank and Pat Bailey, James and Emily Bost, Government of Canada, Randy and Valorie Lawson / Lawco Energy Group, Kyle, Maury and Finn Peterson, and The Sotheby’s Prize.

This exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit https://www.arts.gov/.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was recognized as part of the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize with a commendation that applauds the breadth and depth of ambitious exhibition research for Art for a New Understanding. The Sotheby’s Prize jury believes this exhibition will be a turning point in our understanding of this field.

Spiderwoman Theater, Reverb-ber-ber-rations, 1994,
Left to right: Lisa Mayo, Gloria Miguel, Muriel Miguel, Photo: The Advertiser/Sunday Mail, Adelaide, Australia