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Crystal Bridges announces public talks with renowned American leaders

Crystal Bridges' lineup for public talks will feature former U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, David Rubenstein and musician Yo-Yo Ma.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced a lineup of public talks along with other live and virtual programs featuring prominent American leaders.

In connection with the exhibition We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy, former U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, David M. Rubenstein and musician Yo-Yo Ma will present in-person programs at Crystal Bridges. The museum has invited these speakers and public figures to engage in meaningful and inspiring dialogue.   

Tickets for the public talks are $12 for members and $15 for the general public with availability beginning Wednesday, Aug 24. on the museum’s website.  

The schedule for the public talks goes as follows: 

  • Artists as Changemakers | Oct. 2, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Ticket Required - David M. Rubenstein, philanthropist and co-founder of The Carlyle Group, will converse with contemporary artists, Luis Garza and Bethany Collins.
  • Condoleezza Rice | Oct. 18, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. | SOLD OUT -  66th U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, will discuss how democracy is created and sustained through hard work, persistence, strong institutions, and dedicated citizens. 
  • An Evening with Carrie Mae Weems and Yo-Yo Ma | Nov. 10, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Ticket Required -  Acclaimed musician Yo-Yo Ma and multidisciplinary artist Carrie Mae Weems will participate in a conversation centered on artists and their civic duties. 
  • Veteran’s Day Conversation: Defending Our Constitution | Nov. 11, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Ticket Required - In honor of Veteran’s Day, Wesley Clark, retired U.S. Army general and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, will be joined in conversation with Rick Waddell, retired lieutenant general in the United States Army Reserve and former assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Commander Susan Kilrain, NASA astronaut, distinguished navy test pilot, and aerospace engineer. 
  • Hillary Clinton | Nov. 30, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. | SOLD OUT - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join Dr. Angie Maxwell, director of the Diane Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas, in a conversation about how the nation's founding documents continue to shape lives, with a special focus on Arkansas and the South. 
  • Chef Nico Albert and Professor Gerald Torres | Dec. 15, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Ticket Required - Chef Nico Albert will be joined by professor Gerald Torres for a conversation centered on the relationship between the Constitution, tribal law, and Indigenous heritage, with a close look at use of Indigenous land and resources through a lens of environmental justice, equity, and cultural histories.

The museum will also host a weekend of programs on September 16 and 17 in observance of Constitution Day. Constitution Weekend will include a series of brief talks in the galleries led by community members, experts, artists and educators who will use art as a vehicle to explore themes of freedom, justice and civic engagement. 

  • Civic Commons | Sept. 16, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. & Sept. 17, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Free - The museum’s Garrison Lobby will transform into a common room for the community to meet non-partisan civic organizations serving the state of Arkansas such as Arkansas United, Legal Aid of Arkansas, Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas, Arkansas Alliance for Disability Advocacy, and others. 
  • Short Talks, Big Ideas: Radical Notions of Democracy | Sept. 16, 6 - 9 p.m. | Ticket Required - TV host and comedian Adam Conover will present a group of featured thinkers shaping contemporary civic conversations during an evening of fast-paced talks and performances centering multiple perspectives about the relevancy of the Constitution. Guests will include 
    • Julian Saporiti, Vietnamese Italian American songwriter of No-No Boy
    • Najja K. Baptist, assistant professor of political science at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville
    • Maria de Los Angeles, artist whose imagery focuses on issues of migration, displacement, identity and otherness
    • Hadia Choudhary, high school senior and founder of End the Uyghur Genocide, a youth-led activist project; 
    • Lauren Zungia, Oklahoma City based poet, designer and content strategist
    • Osyrus Bolly, Arkansas hip hop performer. 
  •  The Art of the Constitution | Sept. 17, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Free - Throughout the day, community members, experts, artists, and educators will hold short talks in the galleries using art to explore themes of freedom, justice and civic engagement. Additionally, public radio station KUAF will be curating a line-up of performances on Walker Landing and the studios at the museum will be open for all-ages artmaking. 

The museum is also mounting free virtual talks and resources including a new lecture series, Critical Conversations: Finding the We in We the People, in partnership with the Bill of Rights Institute, Clinton Presidential Center, National Archives Museum, and the American Enterprise Institute. In September, it will also launch a microsite with a full virtual exhibition tour and curriculum resources for teachers.  

For more information, click here.  

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