State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Feb. 18-May 29
Time Varies
Art, Museums
Surprises abound on the hills, in the gullies, and across the streams of Benton County in northwestern Arkansas. One of them is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by Moshe Safdie as a series of pavilions that sit on top of the formerly free-flowing Crystal Springs (now a series of ponds). Here Alice Walton (Sam Walton's daughter and third-richest woman in the world) has amassed an art collection that, at times, makes art-world heavyweights squirm — because it's that good. The museum organized this touring exhibition, which is making a stop at Mia. Billed as a snapshot of contemporary art, the show highlights more than 130 works in diverse media. Included are pieces by Twin Citians Chris Larson and Andy DuCett. There will be an opening reception during the Third Thursday celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, February 18. Admission to the exhibition is free that evening if you sign up to become a member. Otherwise, admission is $20 during the show's run.