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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Bentonville AR, 72712

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Museum Photo: Aerial view:
"Aerial view of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art,
designed by Safdie Architects;
photography by Timothy Hursley.
Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art,
Bentonville, Arkansas."


Crystal Bridges at 10

The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni by Rashid Johnson

What I Know: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey


Crystal Bridges at 10
Through SEP 27, 2021
Temporary Exhibition Gallery

The Lantern Bearers by Maxfield Parrish
Maxfield Parrish (1870 - 1966), The Lantern Bearers, 1908, 40 × 32 in. (101.6 × 81.3 cm), Oil on canvas mounted on board, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2006.71

On November 11, 2011, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors for the first time. Over the course of a decade, the museum has greeted over five million visitors from around the world to enjoy world-class art, architecture, and nature. This year marks a decade since Crystal Bridges opened, and the museum is recognizing this milestone with a new exhibition celebrating its collection and community.

Crystal Bridges at 10 is an immersive exhibition with 10 distinct art experiences celebrating the museum’s collection and the local community one decade into the museum’s lifetime. Primarily drawing from the museum’s collection, the exhibition features 130+ artworks, presenting crowd favorites in new ways, showcasing works never before on view at the museum, and lifting up artist voices.

Step into Maxfield Parrish’s The Lantern Bearers with a life-size tableau vivant, or living picture. Discover a collection of works inspired by the four elements of air, earth, fire, and water, designed by artist Mark Dion. Enjoy a room of art curated from an artist’s point of view: Dyani White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota), whose work is part of the Crystal Bridges collection. Watch as Fayetteville-based artist Ziba Rajabi creates a new work of art before your eyes. Walk through the museum’s forest in the galleries with an immersive light-and-sound installation.

Through collaborations with local artists and experts, the Northwest Arkansas community is also represented in the exhibition. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, read the stories of some of Northwest Arkansas’s community champions. Watch as the University of Arkansas takes a digital dive into Francis Guy’s Winter Scene in Brooklyn. See self-portraits made by local children framed on the wall next to self-portraits from the collection. Discover all of this and more.

In a spectacular celebration of art brought to life from voices both within and beyond the museum, Crystal Bridges at 10 revels in the museum’s first 10 years and sets the precedent for the decade to come.

Crystal Bridges at 10 is curated by Mindy Besaw, curator, American art and director of fellowships and research, and Lauren Haynes, director of artist initiatives and curator, contemporary art at Crystal Bridges and the Momentary.

The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni by Rashid Johnson
North ForestFree

Artist Rashid Johnson combines influences of art, architecture, and nature in the North Forest this summer with a new, outdoor sculpture created specifically for Crystal Bridges. This unique, midnight-blue, 20 x 20 x 20-foot, living greenhouse titled The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni will include collaborations with artists, performers, and community members.

Johnson is known for using a range of everyday objects, including live plants, books, records, shea butter, black soap, and CB radios, that reference his childhood, and Black culture. The museum’s Trails and Grounds team worked with Johnson to identify a collection of native and non-native plants to be featured within this pyramidal structure. Tropical plants like monsteras, philodendrons, and ponytail palm trees will lavish in the rich summer sun. The flora will vary with the seasons and response patterns, resulting in an ever-changing, living sculpture. The second level of the sculpture’s frame offers a scaffold stage for artists to perform from within the heart of the sculpture. Performances, such as sound, music, spoken word, poetry, dance, oratory, and more, can also be performed around the sculpture

What I Know: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey
JUN 26 - OCT 11, 2021

What I Know is an exhibition about knowledge featuring artworks created with a variety of media by Leroy Almon, Thornton Dial, Sam Doyle, Minnie Evans, Josephus Farmer, Roy Ferdinand, Bessie Harvey, Clementine Hunter, Joe Light, Ronald Lockett, Sister Gertrude Morgan, J.B. Murray, Sulton Rogers, Nellie Mae Rowe, Welmon Sharlhorne, Herbert Singleton, and Purvis Young.
Dr. Crow by Sam Doyle

The artists’ practices and intentions differ, still, whether moved by divine inspiration, sociopolitical observation, or an indelible memory, all of them imbued their impassioned works with wisdom gleaned from lives well lived, proclaiming: this is What I Know.

The artworks are recent gifts from the collection of advocate, scholar, and collector, Gordon W. Bailey. What I Know is the result of his ongoing collaboration with Crystal Bridges and reflects his decades-long advocacy on behalf of African American artists from the South.

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