Crystal Bridges Announces 2022 Temporary Exhibitions Schedule and Return of North Forest Lights
BENTONVILLE – The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced on Wednesday the schedule of temporary exhibitions for 2022.
The lineup includes the museum’s first fashion show, its first architecture show, and an immersive exhibit experience hosted by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse is the first new exhibition of 2022 and will run from March 12 to July 25, 2022. The exhibition explores the relationship between music and visual art in expression of the South of the Blacks from 1920. -2020.
The Dirty South examines South African American influences on American art history through works of sculpture, paintings, works on paper, assemblages, textiles and music, as well as ephemera from musical culture, including instruments, music videos, costumes, lyrics and personal effects.
The exhibit is currently on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and will travel to a second location before arriving at Crystal Bridges.
Opening September 10, 2022, Fashioning America: Grit to Glamor is Crystal Bridges’ first fashion exhibition and the first to showcase American fashion as a powerful emblem of global visual culture.
The exhibition conveys uniquely American expressions of innovation. It also emphasizes the work of designers who immigrated to America, Native American and Black designers, as well as iconic fashion brands and their impact on visual culture over each decade.
To highlight the influence of the media, Fashioning America includes a dynamic interplay between video, imagery and around 90 garments and accessories selected from two centuries of fashion.
The exhibition is curated by Crystal Bridges and curated by guest curator Michelle Tolini Finamore, PhD, a distinguished curator and fashion historian. After its visit to Bentonville, the exhibition will travel to two additional locations.
The final temporary exhibition in Crystal Bridges’ 2022 calendar is Architecture at Home. From May 7 to November 7, 2022, the museum’s first architectural exhibition brings together five prototype houses to spark a dialogue on contemporary housing.
Through research, interviews and innovative thinking, five architectural firms based across the Americas designed and manufactured 500 square foot prototypes for a contemporary home that will be featured in the exhibit.
Architecture at Home will be on display along the Orchard Trail on the museum grounds and visitors will be able to enter and explore the immersive household prototypes.
The five architectural firms participating in the exhibition are Studio SUMO, LEVENBETTS, MUTUO, PPAA (Perez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados) and studio: indigenous. Each of the companies interviewed the needs, challenges and opportunities of the Northwest Arkansas community to develop their prototypes.
The exhibition is part of the museum’s efforts to engage in a broader, active and ongoing conversation around the concept of the house and the complex and unequal realities of housing.
Architecture at Home is curated by Crystal Bridges and curated by Dylan Turk, Editor of Special Projects, Architecture and Design. The exhibition will be able to move to two additional locations after its first edition.
Crystal Bridges also announced this morning that the immersive sound and light installation series, North Forest Lights, will return to the museum on September 1 and will be on display until January 2, 2022. Tickets for the 2021 season will go on sale later. this summer.
Info: 418-5700, crystalbridges.org