State of the Art 2020 Summit
Crystal Bridges Summit, Insights from a Changing America, is bringing together an extraordinary group of America’s brightest minds, influential voices, and talented artists. This interactive virtual summit to be held September 23rd commemorates Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary – the country’s newest contemporary art space in Bentonville, Arkansas.
This Summit will take a look at the resonance now of themes and ideas raised in our major exhibition: State of the Art 2020. To create this exhibition, Crystal Bridges curators traveled the nation in 2019 meeting hundreds of artists in their workspaces resulting in the selection of a diverse group of 61 artists, from varied backgrounds and at different points in their careers. These individuals represent a cross-section of artists working today and engaged with themes including world-building—creating real and fictional spaces; sense of place—investigating ideas of home, family, and immigration; mapping—connections to and relationships with landscapes and power, and temporality—the concept of time and how we perceive it. The artists selected are engaging with a range of issues pertinent to contemporary life in the United States. The Summit program will explore their work in relation to the nature of a country in the midst of transformative demographic, technological, environmental, and cultural changes.
This powerful and provocative virtual gathering will connect participants with these meaningful trends and themes at the intersection of American art and American life and explore them through the lens of three sessions focusing on topics that have taken on new urgency: “Sense of Place: Nurturing Vibrant Communities,” “Confronting History: Changing the Narrative,” and “Shifting Grounds: Art Education for a New Age.”
The insights of the group will be captured for public dissemination as part of Crystal Bridges’ ongoing core commitment to make American art more accessible and relevant to a broad audience. Further information on the program and speakers will be available as the Summit date nears.
State of the Art 2020 Summit Schedule (All times CDT)
10:00 — Welcome Announcements and Indigenous Peoples and Land Acknowledgment
10:20 — Panel #1: Sense of Place: Nurturing Vibrant Communities
11:50 — Artist Spotlight: Suchitra Mattai, Peter Everett, Paul Stephen Benjamin
12:25 — Panel #2: Confronting History: Changing the Narrative
1:10 — Panel #3: Shifting Grounds: Art Education for a New Age
1:55 — Prompt and Discussion Session
2:30 — Artist Spotlight: JooYoung Choi, Cristina Molina, Jody Kuehner
3:00 — Conclusion