Arkansas Arts

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. 

Sarah Whites-Koditschek

The Annual Delta Exhibition is in its 56th year at the Arkansas Arts Center. It includes over 13,000 entries from over 450 artists from the Mississippi Delta region. This year, most of the works in the exhibition are paintings and many have a narrative style. They tell stories about the people or landscapes they depict.

David Bailin draws and paints on large canvases in his home garage studio in Little Rock. He uses erasure marks and paints with coffee rinds to create shape and texture in his pieces.

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has announced its new programming director.

Film critic and journalist Lauren Wissot will join the festival and collaborate with festival executive director Courtney Pledger to bring documentary films from across the world to Arkansas.

This year's film festival will take place Oct. 10-19 at the Arlington Hotel in town.

The film festival is an Academy Award-qualifying festival and is attended by documentary film lovers, filmmakers and noted special guests.

A soon-to-be-released documentary film looking at music legend Glen Campbell will get an advance screening Thursday in Little Rock. It’s called “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me” and will be shown at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater.

“Of course Glen Campbell is one of our most famous native sons and to get the opportunity to see this film ahead of audiences across America and the world is a real honor,” said Courtney Pledger, artistic director for the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute.

Robinson Center Music Hall Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Gov. Mike Beebe, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and others used crow bars Tuesday to rip up part of the stage at Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center Music Hall, formally signifying the start of renovations to the venue.

The $68 million project will modernize the facility, which was built in 1939.  The work will improve its acoustics and seating, while enabling it to host any touring Broadway production.

Stodola said it has taken a lot of work to get to this point.

An exhibition of blown glass by artist Dale Chihuly is to open at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is to attend the opening gala.

The invitation-only reception is set for Friday night at the Clinton Center. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday and will run through Jan. 5.

One of Chihuly's pieces is in the Clinton Center's permanent collection. In 2000, the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock hosted a special exhibition of his works.