Fall Exhibitions at Crystal Bridges Museum

This autumn, the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers an exciting lineup of major exhibitions, so mark your calendars now!

The newly acquired Infinity Mirrored Room – My Heart is Dancing into the Universe by artist Yayoi Kusama is on view permanently at Crystal Bridges.

This artwork is positioned in an enclosed room filled with mirrors and dotted paper lanterns that change color, making it appear as though the dots go on forever into the universe. The Infinity Mirrored Room is a timed experience, where each guest views the installation for one minute.

Kusama, a contemporary artist who paints, sculpts and creates performance art, is known for the dot pattern used in many of her works. In 2018, Crystal Bridges acquired Kusama’s Flowers That Bloom Now, which can be found along the trails of the museum’s North Forest.

Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today is the first exhibition of its kind to explore the connections between crystal and art throughout the world, spanning history and geography. With more than 70 works and objects from Ancient Egypt to the present day, the exhibition addresses recurring themes in the history of crystals, such as science and religion, art and medicine, and aesthetic beauty and transformation. Showing the exhibition in Arkansas is significant as the state is the only location in North America where large-scale mining of quartz crystals takes place.

Crystals in Art features works of all sizes, from small crystal sculptures to large-scale installations. Featured artists include Andy Warhol, Marina Abramović, Ai Weiwei, Alexis Arnold, Olafur Eliasson and Cindy Sherman.

Venture outdoors to the museum’s trails to experience the North Forest Lights – a nighttime, multimedia experience unlike anything Crystal Bridges has done before! Created exclusively for Crystal Bridges by Montreal-based multimedia and entertainment studio Moment Factory, five distinct installations will bring the soul and rhythm of the forest to life with light, sound and sensory effects for a captivating, unforgettable adventure.

The experience invites visitors to reconnect with nature and art while helping them to feel part of it. The five installations are:

  • Crystal Grove – Pixels of light appear through the trees in jewel-like fragments.
  • The Bridge – visitors will become enveloped in fog as lasers and lights give the illusion of water and mist flowing through the forest.
  • The Hearth – Visitors are drawn to gather and commune around a digital fire pit, where a sculpture made of tree limbs and twigs appears to float as it is consumed by flames. Hymnal and gospel rhythms and melodies conjure a transcendent communion in the woods.
  • Whispering Tree – Visitors are invited to engage in private dialogue with a massive tree as lighting effects respond to the conversation, for all to see.
  • Forest Orchestra – Like an orchestra tuning itself into harmony with its surroundings, a variety of music styles such as ragtime, bluegrass and folk are enhanced by a light show, to inspire a spirit of celebration.

North Forest Lights will not travel to any other locations and cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world – so don’t miss out!

For tickets and more information, visit crystalbridges.org.

 

Photo captions

Top: Artist Yayoi Kusama; Infinity Mirrored Room – My Heart is Dancing into the Universe.

Middle: Ai Weiwei, Chandelier, 2015; Alexis Arnold, Smithsonian Nature Guide: Rocks and Minerals, 2019; Anthony James, Portal Icosahedron, 2019.

Bottom: North Forest Lights.

 

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