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In honor of African American History Month, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
has prepared a self-guided tour brochure showcasing 10 works by African American artists. Pick up a free brochure in the museum’s main lobby. You can also attend at special Gallery Talk from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 to learn more about these gallery pieces. Featured speakers will be Anne Kraybill, Crystal Bridges School Programs Manager, and Calvin White Jr., Director of African and African American Studies at the University of Arkansas. They will focus on interpretation of the large painting Our Town, by Kerry James Marshall, located in the Twentieth-Century Art Gallery. No registration for this presentation is required.
Also on the 23rd is Crystal Bridges’ inaugural adults-only evening program, Art Night Out, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The theme is “Time Traveler,” and the event will explore the history of American art through music and literature. Entertainment will include music by Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Smith & Reed Acoustic Duo; theatrical performances by TheatreSQUARED; American classic films in the “Great Hall Time Machine,” and an Open Mic Show of poetry readings hosted by DJ Beat Bachs.
Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite fashions from Colonial America, The Gilded Age, The Roaring Twenties, or the Flower Power Sixties to enter the museum’s Facebook fashion contest. Tickets for the event are $15 per person and can be purchased in advance at the Guest Services desk in the museum lobby. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount.