May 31-Sept. 30. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri.
Color field is an art form in which the color itself is the dominant subject matter: Think Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Jules Olitski and Ken Noland. But “Color Field,” the new exhibition in the North Forest of the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art — once the private domain of the Walton family — places along its North Forest trail monumental outdoor sculpture saturated in bright colors, hues not found in nature. Some of the work is interactive — visitors can make music by pushing the nearly 12-foot wind chimes of Sam Falls’ “Untitled (Wind Chimes)” and walk beneath the flying flags of Odili Donald Odita’s “Negative Space.” Other works include an inflatable sculpture featuring abstract splashes of colors by Claire Helen Ashley, a billboard-sized grid of colors by Spencer Finch and a piece that illustrates the effect of lighting on figures by Amanda Ross Ho.
Ashley, Odita and installation artist Typoe Gran will be on hand for a panel discussion 7 p.m.-8 p.m. May 31 in the Great Hall. The discussion is free, but call 479-657-2335 to register.