New Art Exhibitions, Spring Programs at Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville has a full slate of offerings this spring, from its shared art exhibition with the Momentary: State of the Art 2020, to more major exhibitions and special spring programs for kids and families, too.

Major Art Exhibitions
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… | Thru April 20

This is the first comprehensive, mid-career survey of award-winning conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas’ career. Featuring 91 works, ranging from photography to sculpture, mixed media, paintings, video and collaborative projects with other artists.

Thomas is known for combining familiar sports and advertising images with histories of art and politics to examine popular culture, and how art can raise awareness in the ongoing struggle for social justice and civil rights.

Thomas’ artistic practice centers on analyzing and dissecting the images and concepts that comprise American culture, with particular attention to race as a construct, gender and cultural identity.

 

Ansel Adams: In Our Time | May 23 thru Sept. 7 

Take a trip across the American West through the lens of iconic photographer Ansel Adams, together with more than 20 contemporary photographers.

Visit national parks, the Southwest, and desert and wilderness spaces through 180 photographs by Adams and his contemporary successors.

For more than 50 years, Adams captured the breathtaking beauty of the country’s natural landscape in stunning black-and-white photographs. This new exhibition, developed by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, spotlights his work alongside the work of other artists whose modern-day environmental concerns point directly to Adams’ legacy.

 

Special Spring Programs

Art in Bloom | Crystal Bridges’ annual celebration uniting the power of art with the beauty of nature, returns to the museum March 20-23. More than a dozen regional florists and shops will each create a unique floral arrangement based on an artwork in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection. See the arrangements on display in the galleries for all to enjoy during Art in Bloom! Free to the public.

Spring Break Specials | Visitors of all ages are invited to Crystal Bridges during the week of March 21-29. Every afternoon during Spring Break, the museum will host family-friendly performances, art making and other activities. Free to the public.

For tickets and more info, visit crystalbridges.org.

Photo credits: (Lead blog image) Guernica, 2016, Hank Willis Thomas; (In body of blog, from the top) Raise Up, 2014, Hank Willis Thomas; Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1960, Ansel Adams; Image of children from crystalbridges.org.

PLEASE NOTE: In light of recent events, to help contain the spread of COVID-19, many events in the area have been postponed, rescheduled or are on hold. We encourage readers to check directly with event organizers at links provided to determine current statuses before making plans. The Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association along with the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism are closely monitoring COVID-19 in Arkansas and are engaged with state health officials to ensure preparedness as the situation evolves. The health and safety of our residents and our visitors is, and will always be, our top priority. With this in mind, we encourage potential travelers to assess before traveling.

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