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Warhol's Nature, Jamie Wyeth, and free summer fun

Jun 17, 2015 in Press Releases, Tourism

Bentonville, Ark. – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites visitors to experience two new exhibitions in the month of July. Drawn primarily from the extensive collections of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Warhol’s Nature is on view July 4 through October 5 and explores the artist’s surprising lifelong engagement with nature as subject matter. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience well-known artworks like Warhol’s Self-Portrait, the iconic Flowers series of the 1960s, and an interactive installation of his inflatable Clouds. July 25 through October 5, the exhibition Jamie Wyeth examines the artist’s distinctive approach to realism over the course of six decades, from his precocious childhood drawings through recurring themes inspired by the people, places, and objects that populate his world. On July 24, visitors are invited to attend a Keynote Lecture with artist Jamie Wyeth and Elliot Davis, Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which organized this traveling exhibition. Members of the press will be invited to attend a media preview for both exhibitions on Thursday, July 23. More information is forthcoming.

July also offers free family activities to celebrate summer including Summer Family Fun: Hummingbirds on July 10, which features a hands-on puppet-making workshop. Explore the many secrets of fireflies on July 11 with Discover the Grounds: Lightning Bug Hunt at the Skyspace, and drop in for new art-making experiences with Animated Animals on July 25.

A full listing of July programs is below. Information and registration are also available on Crystal Bridges’ calendar of events. Sign up for Crystal Bridges email updates at ENewsletter.

Summer Blooms Trail Experience (May 18 – July 17)

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:30 am

Summer offers a glorious display of wildflowers throughout the museum grounds, but especially in the meadow area near the Skyspace. The tour will begin at the south lobby and will make its way up the paved Art Trail. Includes some hills, but is well worth the walk! Sponsored by The Coleman Company. Follows a paved trail, includes a steep incline. Please wear appropriate footgear. No registration is required.

Wednesday, July 1, 7 to 8 pm

Architecture Speaker » Emily Bills on Pedro Guerrero, Photographer for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Selected

Emily Bills, Managing Director of the Julius Shulman Institute of Architecture Photography, presents on Latin American photographer Pedro Guerrero. Guerrero was Frank Lloyd Wright's selected photographer and photographed artwork for Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson, two artists featured in the Museum’s collection. Learn more about the Julius Shulman Institute’s annual Excellence in Photography Award featuring the world’s renowned photographers. Sponsored by Chip and Susan Chambers. $10, (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Friday July 3, 8 to 10:30 pm

Salsa Night at Walker Landing: Celebrate the American Spirit with Salsa and Art!

Come out to Walker Landing for a night of Salsa dancing! Join us for this encore concert program with DJ Midnite and Son Caribe, in collaboration with the Hispanic Latino Associate Resource Group and Downtown Bentonville, Inc. Opening the evening at 8 pm will be salsa dancing lessons by Latin dance instructor Jenny Parker. Culminating the evening will be the singing of the national anthem and a lantern send off! Throughout the night, enjoy a free a visit into American History by exploring the Colonial Gallery open late till 11 pm. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Friday, July 3, 9 am to 9 pm

Saturday, July 4, 9 to 10 am

Member Preview ofWarhol’s Nature

Crystal Bridges Members are invited to a Members-only Preview of the exhibition Warhol’s Nature. Free, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line at 479.418.5728.

Saturday, July 4, 10 am to 5 pm

Museum Store» Featured Artisan Susan Tinker

Color and fabric have been the constant guiding elements in Susan Tinker’s life as a weaver, seamstress, quilter, and painter. Dying silk is a simple progression of this timeless practice. Each silk charmeuse scarf is painted or printed with the best French silk dyes. Tinker will be demonstrating her silk-painting technique throughout the day. Come and select a personal piece of art that you can wear with anything! Free, no registration required.

Monday, July 6, 6 to 7 pm

Yoga and Art

Yoga Story’s Cindee Joslin leads an uplifting outdoor group class uniting the power of art with the beauty of nature. Enjoy this mind/body experience in the Museum’s Great Hall, complemented by views of Crystal Bridges’ ponds, forest, and architecture. Participants should bring their own yoga mat and dress appropriately. $5 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Monday, July 6 and 20, 1 to 3 pm

Figure Drawing

Join us on the first and third Mondays of each month for this adult Figure Drawing class to draw from a clothed model. Whether you’ve always had a love for figure drawing or are trying it for the first time, you’ll enjoy an afternoon drawing with other guests at the Museum. Participants must be 14 and older. A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses and longer poses. All materials are provided. $10 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Wednesday, July 8 and 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Figure Drawing from the Nude Model

Join us on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for this adult figure drawing class with a nude model. A variety of drawing materials will be provided, and model poses will include both shorter warm-up poses and longer poses. Participants must be 18 or older. (Note: Figure Drawing sessions with a clothed model are offered on the first and third Mondays of each month, and are open to participants ages 14 and up; please check the calendar for dates and time.) $10 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Wednesday, July 8, 6 to 6:30 pm

Member Meet and Greet with Bass Pro Shops Founder John Morris

Crystal Bridges Members are invited to a Meet and Greet with Bass Pro Shops founder John Morris in the Great Hall prior to a public lecture at 7 p.m. Separate registration required for the lecture. Free, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line at 479.418.5728.

Wednesday, July 8, 7 to 8 pm

Keynote Lecture » Bass Pro Shops Founder John Morris

John Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, shares his love of fishing and the evolution of this leisure sport. Inspired by the exhibition Fish Stories: Early Images of American Game Fish. Sponsored by Del Monte Foods. $10 ($8 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Thursday, July 9, 7:30 to 9 pm

Buckyball Poetry Lift Off

Houston Hughes continues his site-specific poetry series with invited poets. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Friday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

TEN » North Lawn Night

Join us by the Mark di Suvero sculpture Lowell’s Ocean on the Museum’s beautiful North Lawn for a fun evening with games, watermelon, and surprising experiences with sculpture! Organized by the Museum’s Teen Council. Free, no registration required.

Friday, July 10, 5 to 8:30 pm

Summer Family Fun » Hummingbirds!

Stonelion Puppet Theatre will present a hands-on puppet-making workshop in our studios from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by their brand-new show, I’d Rather Be a Hummingbird, at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. Be sure to check out the Gems of Brazil, the Museum’s stunning collection of paintings by Martin Johnson Heade featuring detailed, iridescent hummingbirds in the Colonial and Early Nineteenth-Century Art Gallery! Free, no registration required.

Friday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Photo Salon » Kat Wilson: Andy Warhol’s Studio Portraits

Explore photography through Andy Warhol's experiments with the camera, guided by local artist Kat Wilson. Warhol documented much of his life in Polaroids, which served as the basis for his portraits, silkscreen paintings, drawings, and prints. The black-and-white images provide a glimpse of the artist’s obsessive recording of his life outside the studio, including his nightlife, travel, and activities on the street. This first session by Wilson explores the studio interior and portraiture. The second session in August explores life outside the studio. $10 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Saturday, July 11, 9 am to 1 pm

Saturday Session for Teachers » Exploring Warhol’s Nature

Take a walk on the wild side in this professional development class for teachers! We’ll gather inspiration from Warhol’s Endangered Species series and act like animals while expressing ourselves creatively both in writing and art. Four hours of Professional Development credit available. Sponsored by Neff and Scarlett Basore. $10, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335,

Saturday, July 11, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Discover the Grounds » Lightning-Bug Hunt at the Skyspace

Join us for a dusk lightning-bug hunt and examination with University of Arkansas Entomologist Don Steinkraus at the Skyspace Meadow. Kids are welcome! Learn about the transformation of the ecosystem from day to night, and what secrets fireflies hold, besides their flickering lights. Steinkraus will train you in the art of catching fireflies and how to safely jar them for research and observation. As an added bonus, arrive early to hear a discussion of James Turrell’s Skyspace The Way of Color, led by a Museum Guide. Meet at the Skyspace, accessible via the paved Art Trail (includes a medium incline). Sponsored by The Coleman Company. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Monday, July 13, to Friday, July 17, 9 am to 12 pm

Summer Camp ages 6 to 9 » All About Andy

Learn all about Andy Warhol and his amazing art-making processes and materials in this multi- media summer camp. We’ll explore drawing, printmaking, and more in the Museum studios, outdoors on the grounds, and with gallery visits to the temporary exhibition Warhol’s Nature. $150 ($120 for Members), register online or at Guest Services.

Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, 9 am to 12 pm

Summer Camp for ages 10 to 12 » All About Andy

Learn all about Andy Warhol and his amazing art making processes and materials in this multi- media summer camp. We’ll explore drawing, printmaking, and more in the Museum studios, outdoors on the grounds, and with gallery visits to the temporary exhibition Warhol’s Nature. $150 ($120 for Members), register online or at Guest Services.

Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, 9 am to 12 pm

Summer Camp for ages 6 to 9 » Dancing Museum
Imagine what it would be like to visit Crystal Bridges at night and find that all the paintings were dancing! How would they move? Like a whirling rainbow? Like trees in the wind? Discover how dancing is like painting in this integrated dance and visual arts camp with acclaimed St. Louis-based dancer, choreographer, and arts integration specialist Alice Bloch. Join us to help create our own dancing museum through movement and art-making.$150 ($120 for Members), register online or at Guest Services.

Monday, July 13, 11 am to 12:30 pm

Journaling Group » Writing from Warhol

Take cues from the works of Andy Warhol in the exhibition Warhol’s Nature as you explore writing a children's story about animals. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Summer Camp ages 6 to 9 » Art and Animals

Explore artworks featuring animals in this session of summer camp! We'll look at Andy Warhol's Endangered Species series in the temporary exhibition Warhol's Nature and other artworks inspired by the animal kingdom in our galleries. Each day, experiment with a different method of art making to integrate animals into your own projects. $150 ($120 for Members), register online or at Guest Services.

Monday, July 13 to Friday, July 17, 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Summer Camp ages 10 to 12 » Art and Animals

Explore artworks featuring animals in this session of summer camp! We'll look at Andy Warhol's Endangered Species series in the temporary exhibition Warhol's Nature and other artworks inspired by the animal kingdom in our galleries. Each day, experiment with a different method of art making to integrate animals into your own projects. $150 ($120 for Members), register online or at Guest Services.

Wednesday, July 15, 6 to 7 pm

Boundless Book Club » The Sea by John Banville

John Banville's latest novel is simultaneously about growing up and growing old. It’s about rites of passage: both coming-of-age and coming of old age; awakening and dying. The Sunday Times wrote, “Banville has a talent for sensuous phrasing, and pungent observation of human frailty."

Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Wednesday, July 15, 6 to 7 pm

WOW » Warhol’s Nature

Please join Crystal Bridges Culinary Director Case Dighero, along with Crystal Bridges curators, as they discuss Warhol, nature, and Pop Art-inspired cuisine. Open to guests ages 21 and above. Sponsored by Premier Dermatology and Riedel Glassware. $30 ($24 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Thursday, July 16, 2 to 5 pm

Talks for Teachers » Guest Lecture by Alice Bloch

St. Louis-based choreographer and renowned dance scholar Alice Bloch will lead classroom teachers through an easy template for using the developmental movement sequence, or “BrainDance,” and creative movement as integrative tools for social, conceptual, and academic learning. Research shows that movement and dance can enhance children’s creativity in problem solving, language development, self-regulation and social/emotional relationships. Three hours of Professional Development credit available. Sponsored by Neff and Scarlett Basore. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Friday, July 17, 7 to 9 pm

Spotlight Lecture and Dance Performance » Dancing into the Future presented by Alice Bloch

At the turn of the twentieth century, Isadora Duncan (1865-1927) revolutionized the art of dance as we know it. In this unique lecture and performance by St. Louis-based choreographer and renowned dance scholar Alice Bloch, you’ll learn about Duncan’s vision for modern movement that influenced some of the world’s great visual artists, including August Rodin, Henri Matisse, John Sloan, and Harriet Frishmuth. This fascinating presentation explores the roots of Duncan’s modern technique, inspired by nature and the art of classical Greece. Bloch animates this story with dance performances that exemplify Duncan’s vision of the dancer as “the highest intelligence in the freest body,” which has led to the wealth of dance styles we enjoy today—from Martha Graham, to Merce Cunningham, to Trisha Brown. Bloch interweaves performances of Duncan’s heartfelt choreography with the dramatic story of her art, her life, and the tumultuous era that formed her, linking her work to the great currents of art, philosophy, and scientific discovery that created the modern world.

The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the exhibition Warhol’s Nature with a performance of Duncan’s choreography “Water Study” in Warhol’s Silver Clouds installation. Afterward, follow Bloch to the Great Hall where her lecture will begin at 7:45 p.m. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Sunday, July 19, 6 to 8 pm

Eleven’s Riedel Comparative Glass Seminar

For 11 generations, Riedel Glass has represented the high art of glassmaking, and as the first varietal specific glasses on the market, they are known for changing the perception of how you drink wine. See for yourself and join us for a Comparative Glass Seminar guided by Chris Hillan, a representative from Riedel Glass. As an added bonus, we will also be featuring food and wine from Eleven. You’ll take your glasses home with you, as well as a whole new outlook on wine. $90 ($72 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Monday, July 20, 1 to 2 pm

Art Talk with Director of Curatorial Affairs Margi Conrads

Meet Director of Curatorial Affairs Margi Conrads in this detailed discussion of Georgia O'Keeffe and Jimson Weed/ White Flower No.1. Free, no registration required.

Wednesday, July 22, 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Art Book Club » The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) by Andy Warhol

Join a lively discussion of this engaging autobiography. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Wednesday, July 22. 5 to 9 pm

Artinfusion @ Culture Hour

Artinfusion Members and friends are invited to come together on the fourth Wednesday of each month to meet and mingle during Culture Hour in Eleven. Enjoy networking, complimentary nosh, and $6 drink specials in Eleven, then stroll the galleries while they are open late. Culture Hour special pricing typically ends at 7 pm, but on these fourth Wednesdays we extend the deals for artinfusion Members (with proof of membership) until 9 pm. Bring a friend! Artinfusion is especially for Crystal Bridges Members ages 21 to 40s. Sponsored by Arvest, Blue Moon Brewing Company, RopeSwing, and Saatchi & Saatchi X. Free, no registration required.

Wednesday, July 22, 8:30 to 10 pm

Outdoor Film » Ozarkumentaries

Seedling Film Association presents its third annual Ozarkumentaries series—short films made by Arkansas filmmakers about the Ozark region! After the film screening, join us for post-discussion with the local filmmakers. Sponsored by Demara Titzer and The Legacy Fayetteville Condominiums. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Friday, July 24, 5:30 to 7:-00pm

Teacher Preview Night » Jamie Wyeth

Join fellow educators for this special preview of the temporary exhibition Jamie Wyeth. Spend time exploring the exhibition on your own, and then join fellow teachers in a discussion on how the works could be used in the classroom. This event is not for credit. Free, exclusively for educators, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Friday, July 24, 7 to 8 pm

Keynote Lecture » Conversation with Artist Jamie Wyeth

Join Elliot Davis, Curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in a conversation with artist Jamie Wyeth. Davis recently curated the retrospective of Wyeth at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Sponsored by Del Monte Foods. $10 ($8 for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

Friday, July 24, 9 am to 9 pm

Saturday, July 25, 9 to 10 am

Member Preview of Jamie Wyeth

Crystal Bridges Members are invited to a Members-only Preview of Jamie Wyeth. Free, register online or by calling the Member Priority Line.

Saturday, July 25, 1 to 4 pm

Drop-In Art Making » Animated Animals!

Drop in between 1 and 4 p.m. to create your own thaumatrope, one of the earliest animation tools, using paper, tape, and a small stick. Choose your favorite animal from the exhibitions Jamie Wyeth or Warhol's Nature, and bring it to life with this art-making activity. All materials are provided. Free, drop-in, no registration required.

Saturday, July 25, 1 to 2 pm

Art Talk » Warhol and Wyeth with Curator Chad Alligood

Join this in-depth discussion and tour with Curator Chad Alligood on the friendship between Jamie Wyeth and Andy Warhol, and how it is evidenced in the exhibitions Warhol’s Nature and Jamie Wyeth. Free, drop in, no registration required. (Exhibition fee waived.)

Sunday, July 26, 1 to 4 pm

Drop-In Drawing

Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. for a free, informal drawing session. Materials are provided and an art instructor will be on hand to get you started. Check at Guest Services for the specific location. All ages are welcome! Free, no registration required.

Thursday, July 30, and Friday, July 31, 8:30 am to 3 pm

Arkansas Art Educators Workshop » DIY Art
This two-day art-immersion workshop is exclusively for members of the National Art Education Association and Arkansas Art Educators. Participants will learn several different artistic processes which will leave you energized for the coming school year! Twelve hours of Professional Development credit available. $40 per day, $65 for both days, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335. Note: If you are not currently a member, please join NAEA before enrolling in this workshop.

Friday, July 31, 9 to 10:30 pm

Live Arts » Film & Performance, Utopia in Four Movements

Join us for this performance by filmmaker Sam Green and musician Dave Cerf, presenting Utopia in Four Movements. Throughout human history, people have had giddy dreams and fantastic notions about what the future would bring. Today the future has become more of a threat than a promise—a knot of intractable problems looming menacingly on the horizon. With a powerful sense of poetry, Utopia in Four Movements uses the collective experience of cinema to explore the battered state of the utopian impulse at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

In this “live documentary,” filmmaker Sam Green cues images and narrates in person while musician Dave Cerf performs the soundtrack. Green and Cerf sift through the history of the utopian impulse with the audience and search for insights about the way to build a vision of the future based on humankind’s noblest impulses. Free, register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

About Crystal Bridges
The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.

Opened to the public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization for all to enjoy. Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton chairs the Museum’s board of directors. Since its opening, the Museum has welcomed nearly 1.8 million visitors, and garnered more than 8,000 households in its membership. Some 74,000 school children have participated in the Museum’s Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost to the schools. More than 240,000 visitors a year utilize the Museum’s 3.5 miles of walking trails.

Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum's 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola [3]— each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution—as well as major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, John Baldessari, and James Turrell. The permanent collection, which continues to grow through a strategic acquisition plan, is on view year-round and is enhanced by an array of temporary exhibitions, which were viewed by some 242,000 visitors in 2014.

Crystal Bridges provides year-round programming for all ages. In 2014, more than 500 public programs were offered, including lectures, performances, classes, and continuing education for K-12 teachers. An award-winning app, available free for both Apple and Android devices, features audio tours of current and past exhibitions, and many of the Museum’s lectures and gallery talks are available in Crystal Bridges’ iTunes U site. A new initiative to develop high-quality distance-learning opportunities for students and teachers begins this year.

Crystal Bridges also offers two research fellowship programs. The Tyson Scholars in American Art program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art. The Reese Teacher Fellowship provides for research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. Additional information about Crystal Bridges is available online at CrystalBridges.org.
 

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