Forthcoming: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse: Crystal Bridges Museum | Bentonville, AR

12 March - 15 July 2022
Overview

Traveling to Crystal Bridges in 2022:

 

The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, examines southern aesthetic and musical traditions of early twentieth-century Black culture, influences now common throughout the American South and contemporary American art and culture.

 

In an immersive experience that engages multiple senses, The Dirty South spotlights the southern landscape through its musical heritage, spiritual complexity, and regional swagger. The exhibition features works of sculpture, paintings, works on paper, assemblage, textiles, and music as well as ephemera from music culture, including instruments, music videos, costumes, lyrics, and personal effects. Ultimately, The Dirty South creates an engaging opportunity to experience a deeper understanding of the African American South and its undeniable imprint on the history of American art.

 

— Curatorial text courtesy of The Crystal Bridges Museum