Sheila Gallagher, Plastic Lila, 2013; Melted plastic on armature; Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Photo: Stewart Clements Photography
State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now
January 29 – March 26, 2017
Organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Over the course of one year, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s curatorial team logged more than 100,000 miles, traversing the United States to visit nearly 1,000 artists. Traveling to communities large and small, the museum found artists whose work engages broad audiences, demonstrates a high level of skill, and sparks conversation about important issues of our times. This one-of-a-kind exhibition, drawing from nearly every region, offers an unusually diverse and nuanced look at contemporary American art. State of the Art brings together works in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, fiber, sculpture, video, ceramics, installation, and more. The exhibition examines how today’s artists are informed by the past, innovate with materials old and engage deeply with issues relevant to our community.
Mallory/Wurtzburger: A Retrospective
January 22 – April 9, 2017
Sponsored by: Suzanne and Neely Mallory and Mary and Charles Wurtzburger
In keeping with the Mallory/Wurtzburger series’ emphasis on exhibiting the work of local and regional contemporary artists, what better way to highlight Memphis art during the run of State of the Art than through a celebration of the artists from past Mallory/Wurtzburger exhibitions? This retrospective of Mallory/Wurtzburger artists celebrates the exhibition series with new works from some of the artists that have participated from 2008-2015, such as Kate Bradley, Jim Buchman, Joyce Gingold, Martha Kelly, Pixy Liao, Carl Moore, Haley Morris-Cafiero, Kong Wee Pang, Nick Peña, Brian Russell, and more.