3 Fall Experiences Light Up Crystal Bridges — Ancient to Modern Crystals in Art, an Infinity Mirror Room and North Forest Lights

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  • October 07, 2019

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Yayoi Kusama INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM - MY HEART IS DANCING INTO THE UNIVERSE , 2018. Wood and glass mirror ed room with paper lanterns, 304 x 622.4 x 622.4 cm 119 5/8 x 245 1/8 x 245 1/8 in Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai and Victoria Miro, London/Venice.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has three fresh experiences for fall visitors: a new acquisition, Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart is Dancing into the Universe by Yayoi Kusama; Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, a new exhibition exploring the connections between crystals and art throughout the world; and North Forest Lights, an immersive nighttime light experience created exclusively for Crystal Bridges.

“With the breadth of these new must-see offerings, Crystal Bridges is excited to bring visitors together to explore elements such as light and crystals through art in the museum’s natural setting,” said Rod Bigelow, Crystal Bridges executive director & chief diversity and inclusion officer. “We can’t wait share the brilliant work of Kusama in an intimate space, expand the conversation of crystals while highlighting local connections, and provide an exclusive outdoor light experience unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”   

In "Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today," at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Ai Weiwei Chandelier, 2015. Copper, crystal, and light fixtures. Courtesy of the artist.
Image courtesy of the Ai Weiwei Studio

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart is Dancing into the Universe

Crystal Bridges recently acquired Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart is Dancing into the Universe, 2018 by Yayoi Kusama. This artwork is an enclosed room filled with mirrors and dotted paper lanterns that change color. This effect makes it appear like the dots expand forever into the universe.

Contemporary Japanese artist Kusama is well-known for her paintings, sculptures, performances, and installations. Dots are a common theme throughout her work—a pattern that she has utilized in her work since she was a child in an effort to escape trauma and anxiety. Crystal Bridges acquired another artwork of hers in 2018, Flowers That Bloom Now, which can be found in the North Forest.

For the timed experience, each participant will be allowed to view the installation for one minute. More information and tickets can be reserved HERE.

Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today

October 12, 2019 to January 6, 2020

Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today is the first exhibition of its kind to explore the connections between crystal and art throughout the world, spanning history and geography. The exhibition includes a selection of crystal specimens, and over 70 works of art and objects from Ancient Egypt up to the present day, and addresses recurring themes in the history of crystals such as science and religion, art and medicine, aesthetic beauty and transformation, and more.

This is the first time that Crystal Bridges has explored the medium of crystal, and the museum is expanding past American art in this exhibition to understand a full story of crystal and the various roles the element played across the world throughout the course of history. This expansive focus also allows the museum to showcase these works of art in Arkansas, the only location in North America where large-scale mining of quartz crystals takes place.

In "Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today," at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Maker Unknown, Mughal period (1526 - 1858): Islamic Attributed to India mid - 17th century. Mango - Shaped Flask Rock crystal; set with gold, enamel, rubies and emeralds. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1993 (1993.18)

Crystals in Art is co-curated by Joachim Pissarro, director of the Hunter College Galleries and Bershad Professor of Art History at Hunter College, and Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges and curator of visual arts at the Momentary.

The scope of this exhibition ranges from objects from Ancient Egypt and Rome, to China, Europe, and more, including contemporary artworks created in the past few years, with featured artists such as Andy Warhol, Marina Abramović, Ai Weiwei, Alexis Arnold, Olafur Eliasson, Cindy Sherman, and more. The exhibition features artworks of all sizes, from small crystal sculptures to large-scale installations.  Tickets are available HERE, $12 or free for members and youth ages 18 and younger.

North Forest Lights

October 26, 2019 to February 16, 2020

North Forest Lights is a nighttime, multimedia experience in the middle of the North Forest unlike anything Crystal Bridges has ever done before. Created exclusively for Crystal Bridges by Montreal-based multimedia and entertainment studio Moment Factory, five distinct installations will bring the soul and rhythm of the forest to life with light, sound, and sensory effects for a captivating, unforgettable adventure.

Each encounter that visitors will experience on their walk through the Ozark woods translates nature’s secret music and hidden communication into a symphony of light and sound. The experience invites people to reconnect with nature and art while helping them to feel part of it. Inspired by their first foray in the southern US, Moment Factory designed this experience by using the environment of the museum’s surrounding forest to create five distinct installations. 

For more information, visit crystalbridges.org

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