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Exhibitions coming to Crystal Bridges in 2024


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has announced their lineup of traveling exhibitions coming to the museum in 2024.

The museum announced five major exhibits coming to the gallery spaces in 2024: Exquisite Creatures on display March 16-July 29; Space Makers: Indigenous Expression and a New American Art on display April 13-Sept. 30; North Forest Outdoor Lights: Klip Collective on display Sept. 4, 2024-Jan. 5, 2025; Knowing the West on display September 14, 2024 – January 27, 2025; and an exhibition collaboration with the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (Title TBD) coming to the museum October 19, 2024 – March 31, 2025.

This is in addition to the permanent collection at the museum, which includes masterworks of American art and some lesser-known works spanning from the colonial period to the modern day. Visitors can experience the permanent collection at the museum for free.

Below is a bit more information on temporary exhibits coming to the museum this year.

For more information about Crystal Bridges, visit their website.

Exhibit descriptions provided by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Exquisite Creatures | March 16, 2024 – July 29, 2024

Exquisite Creatures is a dialogue with art, nature, and science that asks the question: what is it about the natural world that calls to us? Throughout the exhibition, artist and naturalist Christopher Marley reflects on humanity’s intimate relationship with nature, revealing its intricate beauty and diversity through three-dimensional works comprised of animal, mineral, and plant specimens arranged in precise, geometric compositions. Shown together, the works create an immersive environment that inspires wonder and fosters a desire to preserve the natural world.

Crystal Bridges welcomes guests to experience the connection between art, nature, and science, emotionally and aesthetically, throughout the exhibition. The museum will activate the show’s themes through nature and science-based programming and activities both inside the museum and outdoors across its trails and grounds. The exhibition’s curatorial lead is Xuxa Rodriguez, PhD, associate curator, contemporary art.

Christopher Marley “Son of Chamelibob,” 2022, Old World Chameleons, 58 in. x 40 in.,© 2024 Christopher Marley | exquisitecreatures.org

Space Makers: Indigenous Expression and a New American Art | April 13, 2024 – September 30, 2024

Space Makers: Indigenous Expression and a New American Art examines the mid-century American art movement known as the Indian Space Painters and the relationship between those painters, the Indigenous visual and material culture that inspired them, and the artists from the modern Native art movement who expanded upon such creative explorations through their own visual heritage. Investigating these relationships for the first time, Space Makers reconfigures the history of American art and reveals its foundations in Indigenous space – aesthetically, geographically, and socio-politically. The free, focus exhibition features loans from the Charles and Valerie Diker collection, one of the nation’s preeminent collections of the underrecognized Indian Space Painting movement, and is guest curated by Christopher T. Green, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Swarthmore College.

North Forest Outdoor Lights: Klip Collective | September 4, 2024 – January 5, 2025

Inspired by Crystal Bridges’ sprawling wilderness, the Philadelphia-based Klip Collective will present an immersive nighttime light and sound experience that simultaneously transforms the museum’s North Forest. Guests are invited to meander along the forest paths like never before with awe-inducing installations that cast the woods as a near-magical space of joyful discovery. Opening right at the end of summer and running into early winter, Klip’s exhibition leans into the passage of time and changing environment, unraveling as a mesmerizing journey through time and space.

Founded in 2003, Klip Collective is a collaborative group of artists, sound designers, composers, and technologists. Each member brings their unique skillset together to create sensorial experiments that charm, inspire, and transport viewers the world over. In speaking about this project at Crystal Bridges, Klip’s founder and creative director, Ricardo Rivera, said, “We’re honored to have the opportunity to transform Crystal Bridges’ North Forest space with new site-specific audio and visual installations. Our exhibit will showcase a layered, meditative experience. Through sonic and illuminated landscapes, our work will explore cycles in nature and experiment with distortions in time.” This exhibition is curated by Alejo Benedetti, curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges and the Momentary.

Klip Collective, Sacred Sum at Grounds For Sculpture, 2021

Knowing the West | September 14, 2024 – January 27, 2025

The first major traveling exhibition to focus on the coexistence of art created between 1785 and 1922 by Native American and non-Native American artists, Knowing the West celebrates the American West as inclusive, complex, and reflective of the diverse peoples who contributed to art and life there.

Americans often feel they “know the West,” whether informed by direct experience or popular culture. Knowing the West embraces these impressions and expands ideas of art of the West by presenting more than 100 artworks, including textiles, baskets, paintings, pottery, sculpture, beadworks, saddles and prints. This exhibition recontextualizes historic artwork, encourages deeper exploration of a familiar topic, and celebrates the rich cultures that reflect the complexity of the American West. In collaboration with Rizzoli International Publications Inc., Crystal Bridges will present a fully illustrated publication to accompany Knowing the West, featuring essays by curators, curatorial advisors, and scholars. Like the exhibition, the book will center on Native voices and perspectives as it takes a deeper look at the project’s aim to complicate popular perceptions of the American West.

The exhibition is co-curated by Mindy N. Besaw, Ph.D., curator of American art at Crystal Bridges, and Jami C. Powell, Ph.D., Osage Nation, associate director of curatorial affairs and curator of Indigenous art at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.

Knowing the West is supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities planning grant.

E. Boyd, Portfolio of Spanish Colonial Design, ca. 1938, Woodblock prints, Each page: 14 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in., Tia Collection, Santa Fe, NM

Exhibition collaboration with the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (Title TBD) | October 19, 2024 – March 31, 2025

Crystal Bridges and the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (ACOM) are partnering to present a new exhibition that focuses on the Marshallese community by infusing a reverence for tradition with an eagerness to celebrate Marshallese Indigenous culture here and now. ACOM will develop and navigate the direction for the show, weaving in objects and stories shared by the community and works created by local artists and makers. Through this collaborative effort, the exhibition intends to explore and honor the Marshallese community and the intergenerational connection rooted in Northwest Arkansas.

The Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese and Alejo Benedetti, curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, co-curated the exhibition.

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Dustin Bartholomew is the co-founder of Fayetteville Flyer, an online publication covering all things news, art and life in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007. A graduate of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas and a lifelong resident of the area, he still lives in east Fayetteville with his son Hudson, daughter Evelyn, his wife Brandy, and his two dogs Lily and Steve. On occasion, he tickles the ivories in a local band called The Good Fear.

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