Deeper Discussion

Artists converge on Crystal Bridges

Posted: January 28, 2018 at 1 a.m.

“SHADOWS” BY ADGERS COWANS, 1961 — Cowans will speak on a panel about photography with other surviving founders of New York’s Kamoinge Workshop. Deborah Willis, one of the nation’s leading historians of African-American photography and curators of African-American culture, will moderate the panel. “The theme of the exhibition invites viewers to bear witness, contemplate, celebrate, appreciate and travel along with the members of the workshop,” Willis muses. “Their photographs awaken us to the lives of a group of photographers who creatively worked together; and Kamoinge as a collective has spent most of their existence searching for a ‘truth’ in their photographs. These photographers know that there is much more work to be done; this discussion is another intervention and gives us time to pause as we enjoy, meditate, and think as we learn more about how they made photographs.”

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville presents its first temporary exhibition of the year starting Feb. 3, and with it, a momentous symposium featuring artists represented in the exhibition.


‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’

WHEN — Feb. 3-April 23

WHERE — Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville

COST — $10 nonmembers

INFO — 418-5700,


Soul of a Nation:

Artists in Conversation

The symposium will take place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Crystal Bridges but is sold out. The museum will be live-streaming the program, with a link available at the day of the event.

After the symposium has concluded, Crystal Bridges will upload the full event to its YouTube channel at a later date.

Organizations interested in being a viewing site for the symposium can register their location at the museum’s website and will receive extra information and a viewing kit.

Photo courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC “DID THE BEAR SIT UNDER A TREE?” — Oil on canvas with painted fabric collage and zipper, was created ...

Black Unity by Elizabeth Catlett, 1968 (cedar, 21 × 12 1/2 × 23 inches), from the collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is among the w...

Courtesy image "Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free" by artist Carolyn Lawrence is part of the "Soul of a Nation" exhibition at Crystal Bridges Muse...

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