Crystal Bridges, the world-class American art museum in Bentonville, welcomes an exciting lineup of temporary exhibitions in 2017 – featuring an exploration of sight and sound from the U.S./Mexico border, the work of iconic glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, and a retrospective of early American modernist painter Stuart Davis.
Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border — Thru April 24 — Border Cantos is a unique collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo, who utilize the power of art to explore, share, and humanize the complex issues surrounding the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. In this exhibition, the artists present works of photography, sculpture and sound that document and transform artifacts from the border. The pieces that make up this exhibition, each with a story of their own, invite spectators to ponder what goes on in this area of the world that might not otherwise be told.
Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest — June 3 thru Nov. 13* — American sculptor Dale Chihuly has mastered the translucent and transparent properties of ice, water, glass and neon, creating works of art that transform the everyday visual experience into something truly unparalleled. For this highly anticipated exhibition, Crystal Bridges will present extensive indoor and outdoor installations, featuring completely new works, as well as iconic pieces recognized throughout his entire career.
Chihuly is known throughout the world for his impressive site-specific installations in public spaces, as well as exhibitions presented in museums, gardens and the outdoors. Come see what’s on display in the gallery, then head down to the museum’s network of trails to discover sculptures that will activate your imagination along the way. Attending this exhibition is sure to deliver a memorable experience! *Both the gallery and forest exhibitions will run thru Aug. 14, with the forest installations remaining on display thru Nov. 13.
Stuart Davis: In Full Swing – Sept. 16 thru Jan. 8, 2018 — Stuart Davis (1892–1964) ranks as a preeminent figure in American modern art, with a career that stretched from the early twentieth century well into the early 1960s. Born in Philadelphia, Davis began as an illustrator of the urban life around New York, and after a year in Paris become one of the first American artists to bring the lessons of French avant garde art into American painting. Over his career, he forged a union of international Modernism and uniquely American imagery that continues to influence art being made today.
This major retrospective will focus on three phases of Davis’s work, in which he applied the forms of Cubism to still-lifes and landscapes, and invented a new abstract language that merged the aesthetics of advertising and jazz with language.
When you visit Crystal Bridges, don’t forget to check out the gift shop for artful souvenirs! For more information, visit crystalbridges.org.