Major Art Exhibitions: Crystal Bridges & 21c

Delve deep into dynamic art in downtown Bentonville at the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the contemporary art galleries of the award-winning 21c Museum Hotel.

These cultural anchors in Bentonville’s burgeoning art scene, both within walking distance of each other, Crystal Bridges and 21c Museum are hosting three major art exhibitions this spring – each exploring a different set of deep, diverse, entertaining, enlightening and even controversial ideas surrounding superheroes of pop culture, the connection between art and nature, and female identity and experience.


600 Museum Way, Bentonville

Men Of Steel, Women Of Wonder – Don’t miss your chance to see this unforgettable exhibition examining art-world responses to two of America’s favorite superheroes: Superman and Wonder Woman. With over 70 paintings, photographs, installations, videos, and more created by over 50 talented artists, the exhibition uses these superheroes to explore national identity, American values, social politics, representation, and the concept of humanity. Also on display are Action Comics #1 and Sensation Comics #1, Superman and Wonder Woman’s first comic book cover appearances! See your superheroes before they fly away.

On View through April 22

Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment  – Featuring 100 works from 70 eminent U.S. collections, this exhibition traces 300 years of evolving ideas about the natural world and our place within it. From colonial beliefs about the divine in nature, to artists’ advocacy for national parks, to the emergence of environmental activism, this collection of paintings, photographs and installations explore our relationship with the environment.

On View: May 25 through Sept. 9

Photo credits: (Header) Fahamu Pecou, Nunna My Heros: After Barkley Hendricks’ ‘Icon for My Man Superman,’ 1969, 2011. Above from left: Renée Cox, Chillin’ with Liberty (from the Rajé series), 1998; Alexandre Hogue, Crucified Land, 1939


200 N.E. A Street, Bentonville

The Future is Female – From gleaming acrylic fingernails glued into reptilian forms that emerge from a wall, to female anatomy rendered in neon light and boxing gloves, this exhibition reflects the influence of the Second Wave Women’s Liberation Movement. Investigating identity, consumer culture, ecology, history, mythology and power, the works featured in The Future is Female illuminate both the consequences and the persistence of the struggle for equality.

On View through September

The Future is Female photo credits: (From left) Zanele Muholi, Ntozabantu VI, 2016; Zoë Buckman, Champ, 2016; Saya Woolfalk, ChimaCloud Crystal Body B, 2017

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