Crystal Bridges debuts Proof Positive exhibit on Saturday

Back in December, we told you guys about the Post Secret exhibit at Crystal Bridges at the Massey, the temporary home for the coming Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville. We know, technically, it’s not in Fayetteville, but that doesn’t change the fact that there are some great things going on art wise at Crystal Bridges, and it’s only 30 minutes away (or less, depending on your driving habits).

There is a new exhibit starting Saturday called Proof Positive: Master Prints from the Collection of Fisk University Galleries that sounds pretty cool to us. The exhibit features 40 prints from the art collection of the historically black university in Nashville.

Works from famous African American artists such as Romare Bearden, Martin Puryear, Elizabeth Catlett, James Wells, Hale Woodruff, and Fisk professor Ted Jones make up the exhibit.

Dede Peters, owner of the ddp gallery here in Fayetteville helped with the installation of the exhibit last night.

“The exhibition kept growing on me until almost every piece became a favorite. That’s a pretty rare experience. The exhibition includes some works that have never left Fisk’s campus and many of the works were created specifically for the University. Its exciting to see works in person that we’ve only seen in books. This show is a ‘must see’.

A preview of the prints can be seen tonight at Crystal Bridges at the Massey from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The preview is free and open to the public. There is also a discussion about the exhibition tonight with Crystal Bridges curator Chris Crossman, with the Proof Positive exhibition curator Dr. Victor Simmons and Fisk art professor Ted Jones contributing to the conversation at the Bentonville Public Library from 5:30-6:30.