Arkansas Museum Fine Arts Courtyard entrance; image credit Tim Hursley
Courtyard entrance; image credit Tim Hursley

Art Museum Grand Opening > The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (AMFA) has revealed the exhibitions and site-specific commissions slated for its grand reopening on April 22, 2023. The oldest and largest cultural institution of its kind in Arkansas, AMFA has reimagined its building and 11-acre campus in downtown Little Rock. Former President Bill Clinton joined AMFA’s leadership team and Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. for the New York announcement at The Pool at the Seagram Building in Manhattan.

“My predecessor as governor, Winthrop Rockefeller, was right to call the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts ‘more than a museum,'” said President Clinton. “I’m thrilled that with this transformation, visitors from around the corner and around the globe will enjoy a world-class facility in the heart of Little Rock. This project is such a great model of public/private cooperation – for small cities and big cities alike – and I’m grateful to everyone who came together to make it possible.”

AMFA’s new 133,000-square-foot building will house its permanent and international collection of 14,000 works of art dating to the 14th century.

Art Museum - Degas pastel painting of ballerinas
From the collection: Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas (Paris, France, 1834 – 1917, Paris, France), “Danseuse bleue (Avant la classe, trois danseuses) [Blue Dancer (Before Class, Three Dancers)],” 1886 – 1890, pastel on paper, 21 1/4 x 19 3/4 in., On loan from the Jackson T. Stephens Charitable Trust for Art.
The opening permanent collection installation at the art museum will showcase some of it’s most significant works – including drawings by Signac, Marin, and O’Keeffe and rare paintings by Rivera and Elaine de Kooning – and the “Drawn to Paper” art museum exhibition will illustrate the depth of AMFA’s holdings of 20th century American and European works on paper.

The reopened AMFA will also feature site-specific commissions by contemporary artists Anne Lindberg and Natasha Bowdoin; a special exhibition of the work of Chakaia Booker; and the Museum’s New Media Gallery featuring the animated video Tears of Chiwen by Beijing-based artist Sun Xun. Comprised of new acquisitions and loans by artists such as Elias Sime, Ryan RedCorn, LaToya Hobbs, and Oliver Lee Jackson, the banner inaugural exhibition at the art museum, “Together,” is a celebration of art that explores our connectedness to each other and the natural world.

Nigerian art
On view: Toyin Ojih Odutola (Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Nigeria, 1985 – ), “Picnic on the Grounds,” 2017 – 2018, pastel, charcoal, and graphite on paper, 69 1/2 x 50 1/4 in., Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Foundation Collection: Given in honor of the Grand Opening of the Reimagined Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, April 22, 2023, Harriet and Warren Stephens. 2023.001. © Toyin Ojih Odutola. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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