Arkansas Arts

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It took workers using two excavators a little less than an hour to bring down the old Cinema 150 movie theater in Little Rock. The dome-shaped building at the corner of University and Asher Avenues ran many of the top films of its day.

Built in the late 1960s with a screen that curved at a 150 degree angle, it gave movies a big impact.  The theater was closed in 2003, considered functionally obsolete for having just one screen in an era of multiplexes. But it still had a very special place in the hearts of many who saw films there.

Esse Purse Museum
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It’s the only one of its kind in the United States and one of only three in the world. Located on Main Street in Little Rock is the ESSE Purse Museum. Laura Hardy, public relations director, says when people learn about it, “The reaction is usually like, ‘What the heck is a purse museum’ or, ‘Oh my gosh that is so cool.” 

Three coins commemorating the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service will go on sale next month.

The Marshals Service says the coins, including a gold $5 coin, a silver dollar coin and a copper-nickel clad half dollar coin, will be available for purchase in limited quantities beginning Jan. 29. The designs for the coins were unveiled in July.

Frank Lloyd Wright House Being Reassembled In NW Arkansas After Move

Dec 23, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright House
Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF News

Almost a year ago, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville announced it had acquired a house designed by noted American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The building, which was carefully deconstructed at its original site in New Jersey and shipped to Arkansas, is being reassembled on the museum’s grounds.

The president of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is resigning, although he will remain as a member of the museum's board of directors.

The museum announced Monday that Don Bacigalupi will step down as president on Jan. 14 to accept an appointment as the Founding President for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that is to be built in Chicago.

Bacigalupi was named executive director of Crystal Bridges in 2009 and helped in the planning, collection development and opening of the museum. He became president in 2013.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has announced six temporary exhibitions that will go on display next year at the facility in Bentonville.

The first exhibit is "Van Gogh to Rothko" and will feature 75 artworks from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Along with work by Vincent Van Gogh and Mark Rothko, the exhibition will also feature pieces by Paul Gauguin, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, among others.

The exhibition opens Feb. 21 and runs through June 1.

An event this weekend in southwest Arkansas will celebrate the life and legacy of African American poet and author Maya Angelou, who died earlier this year at the age of 86. 

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928, but with the end of her parent’s marriage at the age of three, Angelou was sent to live with her grandmother in southwest Arkansas.

Oliver Stone

Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone is visiting Little Rock Saturday as part of this year’s Reel Civil Rights Film Festival. Stone will participate in a moderated discussion following the screening of an episode of his 2012 television documentary series, "The Untold History of the United States."

Part of the 60-minute episode explores the decision of President Dwight D. Eisenhower to send the 101st Airborne to Little Rock to enforce the 1957 integration of Central High.

Crystal Bridges Opens Most Ambitious Exhibition To Date

Sep 12, 2014
State of the Art Crystal Bridges
Antoinette Grajeda / KUAF

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has put the finishing touches on what may be its most ambitious exhibition to date. It opens to the public Saturday.

The curatorial team at the museum has traveled more than 100,000 miles to visit nearly 1,000 artists. Museum president Don Bacigalupi says they worked to find artists that have not yet been part of the national art scene.

Thomas Saccente

At the intersection of psychology and art lies the work of a new up-and-coming Arkansas artist.

Kateri Joe of Conway is currently having her first exhibition at the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. It’s entitled “Thank Your Lucky Stars” and is built around the theme of humanity’s relationship with the cosmos and the idea that everyone is connected to the universe at large.