Crystal Bridges Blog

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Crystal Bridges (with a little help from John James Audubon) to you and all your brood! Crystal Bridges is open on Black Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Opt out of the madness at the mall and come take in some art. (The Museum Store will be open, too, so you can… Read more »

Wild Turkey Cock, Hen and Young, 1826
John James Audubon
Oil on linen

A Conversation with Evan Penny

On November 24, 2015, Crystal Bridges welcomes back Evan Penny’s hyper-realistic sculpture Old Self: Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be. The work, a favorite among Museum guests, has been resting in the vault for more than a year to protect it from light damage. (To learn more about how light can be damaging… Read more »

Evan Penny, "Old Self: Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be, Variation #2," 2010
Silicone, pigment, hair, fabric, and aluminum
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Share Your Museum on #GivingTuesday

  December 1 is #GivingTuesday, a worldwide day of giving to usher in the charitable season. Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to encourage people to affect change in their communities through focused giving—of time, of resources, and of talents. Celebrate philanthropy by participating in the movement with Crystal… Read more »

Jeff Koons
"Hanging Heart (Gold/Magenta), 1994-2006
© Jeff Koons
Photo by Marc F. Henning

Volunteer report on the National Docent Symposium

Here’s a bit of information I’ll bet you didn’t know:  there is an National Docent organization composed of two delegates for each of the six regions established by the American Alliance of Museums, as well as the two Canadian regions. Every two years the organization holds a National Docent Symposium, and this year’s event took place September 17 through 20… Read more »

Crystal Bridges volunteer Lowell Collins and Phyllis Jones at the 21015 National Docent Symposium

“Short Take” on the Frank Lloyd Wright Welcome Pavilion

Students and faculty in the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design honored Fay Jones and his mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright, by building a permanent structure on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The creation, a viewing pavilion to complement Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House, is the result of a unique partnership between the… Read more »

The Frank Lloyd Wright Welcome Pavilion at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Art Ambassador: Tina Winham

As part of our ongoing series of profiles of Crystal Bridges Art Ambassadors, we’d like to introduce you to Tina Winham.  Tina lives in Rogers, Arkansas, and has been an Ambassador for Crystal Bridges for three years. The Crystal Bridges artinfusion membership program engages socially connected and culturally engaged adults ages 21-40s in the Museum’s… Read more »

Tina Windham, Crystal Bridges Art Ambassador

Everett Shinn

Today is the birthday of Everett Shinn (1876 – 1953), a member of the Ashcan School of painting spearheaded by Robert Henri. Shinn is best known for his paintings of theatres and New York street scenes.  He also was one of the few artists who worked largely in pastels. He began his career as an… Read more »

Everett Shinn
"A French Music Hall," 1906
Oil on canvas

Welcoming George Segal’s “Depression Bread Line”

A solemn group of dark figures stand in a row just inside the Early Twentieth-Century Gallery bridge at Crystal Bridges. Slump-shouldered, straight-faced, and dressed in nondescript overcoats and battered hats, the life-sized figures are arranged against a wall of dark brick. These are George Segal’s Depression Bread Line, a recent addition to Crystal Bridges’ permanent… Read more »

George Segal, 1924-2000
"Depression Bread Line," 1991
Plaster, wood, metal, and acrylic paint

A Conversation with a Bachman-Wilson House Guide

Museum Member preview tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House are currently underway. The preview period serves two purposes: it gives Crystal Bridges Members a chance to see the house first, and it gives the tour guides an opportunity to beta-test their material before public tours begin on November 11. (Yes, that’s right, we’re using… Read more »

Volunteer Guide Kelly welcomes you to Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House.