Contemporary Indigenous art comes front and center at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now – a new, free exhibition coming to the world-class Bentonville museum.
Art for a New Understanding opens Saturday Oct. 6, 2018, and will be on view through Jan. 7, 2019.
This major exhibition presents more than 80 works of art from the 1950s to today, including paintings, photography, video, sculptures and performance art all created by Indigenous U.S. and Canadian artists.
Visitors to the exhibition will discover new stories in the artworks that fill the museum’s galleries with rich colors, images of community and joy, and thought-provoking moments of reflection.
Featured artists include Shan Goshorn, an artist who creates social critiques through basket weaving, Spiderwoman Theater, three sisters who challenge heavy topics with humor and heart, Athena LaTocha, an artist who created a large-scale mural based on her Northwest Arkansas environmental experience, plus many more.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a multi-author catalog that offers a comprehensive consideration of contemporary Native North American art and features new essays by art historians, cultural critics and artists, as well as excerpts from key texts from the last 50 years of scholarship and criticism.
Crystal Bridges has been recognized as part of the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize for the breadth and depth of ambitious exhibition research that comes with Art for a New Understanding. The Sotheby’s Prize jury said this exhibition will be a turning point in our understanding of this field.
Following its run at Crystal Bridges, Art for a New Understanding will travel to other major museums in the United States and in Europe.
Don’t miss the chance to broaden your definition of contemporary art with a new understanding of Indigenous art!
Top (from left) Dana Claxton, Headdress, 2015; Melissa Cody, World Traveler, 2014.
First row (from left) Brian Jungen, Prototype for New Understanding #2, 1998; Fritz Scholder, Monster Indian, 1968; Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Scorched Earth, Clear-cut Logging on Native Sovereign Land. Shaman Coming to Fix, 1991.
Second row (from left) Oscar Howe, Dance of the Heyoka, ca. 1954; Shan Goshorn, Removal (Ancestral Homeland and Indian Territory), 2012; Spiderwoman Theater, Australia3ladies.
Third row (from left) Anna Tsouhlarakis, Let’s Dance!, 2004; Andrea Carlson
Ink Babel, 2014; Dana Claxton, Headdress, 2015.
Fourth row (from left) Lloyd Kiva, New Cherokee Syllabary, ca. 1945–60; Kent Monkman, History is Painted by the Victors, 2013.
Get ready for tons of musicals, renowned dance companies, entertainment greats, up-and-coming artists, comedians, and dazzling must-see productions as Walton Arts Center — and other performing-arts venues and troupes in NWA — kick off new seasons and shows this fall!
Walton Arts Center: From the heart of Fayetteville’s entertainment district, Arkansas’ performing arts powerhouse will present nine dynamic series during its 2018-19 Season! Tickets sell fast, so get yours now at waltonartscenter.org.
Jersey Boys: Oct. 5-7 – They were four guys from Jersey with a sound nobody had ever heard… and the fans loved it! Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys!
School of Rock: Oct. 23-28 – Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band!
On Your Feet!: Dec. 4-9 – From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a cross-over sensation at the very top of the pop music world.
Falsettos: Feb. 8-9, 2019 – The Lincoln Center Theater Broadway Production of Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door.
A Bronx Tale: Feb. 26 thru March 3, 2019 – Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.
Waitress: April 9-14, 2019 – Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, the irresistible new hit tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage.
Cats: May 28 thru June 2, 2019 – A record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in more than 30 countries and 15 languages, Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.
Les Misérables: June 18-23, 2019 – Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and many more.
Mwenso & The Shakes: Sept. 14
Jessica Lang Dance: Sept. 20
Ragamala Dance Company’s Written in Water: Oct. 14
The Story of Everything, Kealoha, Slam Poet: Nov. 1
Hot Club of San Francisco’s Cinema Vivant: Jan. 10, 2019
THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live From Broadway™: Oct. 17-18
The King’s Singers: Dec. 11
Hot Club of San Francisco Swing Dance Party: Jan 11, 2019
Dorrance Dance: Feb. 12, 2019
Cirque Éloize Saloon: Feb. 19, 2019
One Night of Queen: March 14, 2019
Indigo Girls: Oct. 2
Take Me to the River: Live from New Orleans!: Oct. 21
Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & Band, Blind Boys of Alabama and The McCrary Sisters: Nov. 17
Monterey Jazz Festival 60th Anniversary Tour: March 31, 2019
Boz Scaggs: Out of The Blues Tour 2019: April 7, 2019
Joan Baez Fare Thee Well…Tour 2019: April 20, 2019
George Brooks’ ASPADA: Oct. 12
The John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet: Dec. 1
Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez Duo: Feb. 8, 2019
Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings & Bill Stewart Trio: March 15, 2019
Benny Green Trio with Veronica Swift: April 19, 2019
An Evening with Jimmy Webb: Oct. 11
John McCutcheon: Nov. 29
Ruthie Foster: Jan. 3, 2019
Gretchen Peters: March 7, 2019
Royal Wood: April 18, 2019
Molly Tuttle: May 2, 2019
Trike Theatre’s Peter Pan: Nov. 2,3,9 & 10
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Nov. 23-25
Walton Arts Center and SoNA Present The Snowman: A Family Concert: Dec. 16
Air Play: March 8, 2019
Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s You and Me and the Space Between: March 28, 2019
Claire Parsons’ And Then…: Nov. 8
The Polar Express: Dec. 21
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and
Other Eric Carle Favorites: Jan. 13, 2019
Trike Theatre’s Go, Dog. Go!: Jan. 19 & 26, 2019
Tall Stories’ Emily Brown and The Thing: May 10, 2019
Late Nite Catechism: Sept. 6-9
The Pump and Dump Show: 2018 Parentally Incorrect Tour: Sept. 22
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Party: Oct. 31
Dixie’s Tupperware Party: Feb. 19-24, 2019
Jay Leno: March 30, 2019
MORE PERFORMING ARTS…
TheatreSquared: Northwest Arkansas’ professional regional theater company kicks off its 2018-19 season with Once on August 22, followed by productions of Skeleton Crew, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Every Brilliant Thing and more.
Arts Center of the Ozarks: This arts organization in the heart of downtown Springdale will open its 2018-19 theater season on Sept. 7 with Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, followed by Tradition of the Mask: Africa in the Ozarks, Braum Stoker’s Dracula and more.
Arkansas Public Theatre: Housed in the venerable Victory Theater in the Rogers Historic District, the APT community-based performing arts troupe opens its Season 33 in September with Sunset Boulevard, the first of eight season productions, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas: Under the direction of Maestro Paul Haas, Northwest Arkansas’ professional symphony orchestra will present six mainstage concerts at Walton Arts Center for the 2018-19 Season, starting Nov. 3 with Masterworks I: Bernstein & Brahms, followed by the return of A Very SoNA Christmas on Dec. 15, and The Snowman: A Family Concert on Dec. 16.
Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra: Under the baton of Music Director Stephen Byess, the APO will present its 2018-19 Season beginning on Sept. 29 with a Halloween Fantasia concert, followed by the much-loved annual Christmas with the APO concert on Dec. 15 at Arend Arts Center.