Mu­seum sched­ules three shows for 2018

Ex­hibits to fea­ture black, In­dian art

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES - ROB­BIE NEISWANGER

Crys­tal Bridges Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art’s 2018 tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion sched­ule con­sists of one U. S. de­but and two ex­hi­bi­tions or­ga­nized by the Ben­tonville mu­seum.

Rod Bigelow, the mu­seum’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said in a news re­lease the three ex­hi­bi­tions “com­ple­ment the story of Amer­i­can art shared through our per­ma­nent col­lec­tion.”

■ “Soul of a Na­tion: Art in the Age of Black Power” was or­ga­nized by the Tate Mod­ern in Lon­don and will be on dis­play from Feb. 3 through April 23, 2018. The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes 150 pieces from 60 artists, ex­am­in­ing how Amer­i­can cul­ture was re­shaped through the work of black artists dur­ing the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. Crys­tal Bridges will be one of only two Amer­i­can venues — join­ing the Brook­lyn Mu­seum in New York — to host the ex­hi­bi­tion.

■ Two Crys­tal Bridges ac­qui­si­tions — Ge­or­gia O’Keefe’s Jim­son Weed/ White Flower No. 1 and Ra­di­a­tor Build­ing — Night, New York — will be fea­tured from May 26 to Sept. 3, 2018, in an ex­hi­bi­tion of her work and how it has in­flu­enced emerg­ing con­tem­po­rary artist like Sharona Elias­saf and Mon­ica Kim Garza. “Ge­or­gia O’Keefe and Con­tem­po­rary Artists,” or­ga­nized by cu­ra­tor Lau­ren Haynes and for­mer Crys­tal Bridges cu­ra­tor Chad Al­li­good, will travel to ad­di­tional venues af­ter its de­but at the mu­seum.

■ “Na­tive North Amer­ica,” on dis­play from Oct. 6, 2018, through Jan. 9, 2019, will present 75 works by Amer­i­can In­dian artists such as Kay Walk­ingStick, Carl Beam, Fritz Scholder, An­drea Carl­son, and Kent Monkman. Crys­tal Bridges said the ex­hi­bi­tion is the first to chart the de­vel­op­ment of con­tem­po­rary in­dige­nous art from the U.S. and Canada from the 1960s to the present. Like the O’Keefe ex­hi­bi­tion, “Na­tive North Amer­ica” will travel to ad­di­tional venues.

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