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Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today

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.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Monday, January 6, 2020
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 6pm | Monday 11am to 6pm | Wednesday - Friday 11am to 9pm | Closed Tuesdays
Rates/Admission Prices

$12 (free for members and youth ages 18 and under)

Location
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712
Hours of Operation

Saturday | Sunday 10am to 6pm
Monday 11am to 6pm
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | Thursday | Friday 11am to 9pm

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.

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. 

Photo Credit:
Alexis Arnold
Smithsonian Nature Guide: Rocks and Minerals, 2019
Book, borax 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 6 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Anthony James
Portal Icosahedron, 2019

Steel, glass, LED lights
80 x 82 x 82 in.
Courtesy of the artist