Crystal Bridges Blog

A Canvas for an Architectural Masterpiece

As the reconstruction of the Bachman-Wilson House at Crystal Bridges wraps up, final touches are also being applied to the landscape surrounding the house.  The Trails and Grounds crew has been working for months to create a landscape for this classic Frank Lloyd Wright house that integrates the house with the grounds of Crystal Bridges, remains true to… Read more »

Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman-Wilson House at Crystal Bridges

An Introduction to Crystal Bridges’ Archives

Today is National Ask an Archivist Day!  So we thought we’d ask Crystal Bridges’ Archivist and Cataloger, Valerie Sallis, to provide some information about archives in general and the growing Crystal Bridges archive in particular.  You can read a bit more about the archives here. –LD   The Crystal Bridges Library acquires and maintains archives that… Read more »

Wyeth on Warhol, Untoward Occurrences, and More

This is the last week to view the exhibitions Warhol’s Nature and Jamie Wyeth here at Crystal Bridges. The exhibitions close after October 5.  To commemorate the shows, I’ve pulled some excerpts from my interview with Jamie Wyeth several months ago. We talked about his relationship with Andy Warhol, as well as the strange obsessions that fuel… Read more »

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Five Reasons Why Part Three: Weight and Rhythm

Curator Chad Alligood has been explaining to our blog readers the reasoning that went behind some of the arrangements and juxtapositions of artworks in the Museum’s galleries.  Today, for part three of the five, Alligood talks about women artists in the Crystal Bridges collection, and a question of weights and balances in the installation of… Read more »

From left to right: "Untitled," by Ruth Asawa; "Night Zag Wall," by Louise Nevelson; and A214 RESBA, by Jackie Ferrara

Two Million and Counting

This week Crystal Bridges celebrates welcoming our 2 millionth visitor.   Before the Museum opened, estimates at attendance were between 150,000 and 300,000 visitors a year. Since our opening in November, 2011, Crystal Bridges is welcoming around 500,000 visitors a year. Yes, right here in Bentonville, Arkansas.   There was skepticism from some contingents when… Read more »

Opening Day

Artinfusion Ambassador Spotlight: Mike Abb

  Welcome to the next in our ongoing series of blog posts featuring Crystal Bridges Members! (See the previous posts here.) Bentonville resident Mike Abb has been an artinfusion ambassador since January, 2014.  Here, Mike shares with us some of his reasons for joining the group and his thoughts about the effect Crystal Bridges has had on… Read more »

Mike Abb, artinfusion ambassador

A Jamie Wyeth-Themed Journey

The front-line staff at Crystal Bridges, such as Guest Services and Protection Services associates, are the lucky staff members who get to interact with the Museum’s guests on a day-to-day basis.  Often these guests have traveled long distances to visit the Museum, and they are often eager to tell these folks how much they have… Read more »

The O'Briens with the bell that inspired Jamie Wyeth's "Bronze Age."

Speaking the Language of Art

The Museum’s Access and Inclusive Programs division collaborates with individuals and organizations in the community to develop dynamic and inclusive Museum experiences, including a series of programs with adult English language learners and local literacy councils.  Students at Ozark Literacy Council in Fayetteville and Literacy Council of Benton County in Bentonville visit the Museum regularly… Read more »

Members of the Literacy Council of Benton County Language of Art program in a discussion in the Museum gallery.

Opening Date Announced for Frank Lloyd Wright house

Big news here at Crystal Bridges today!   We are thrilled to announce that Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson house on Crystal Bridges’ grounds will open to the public at Crystal Bridges on 11-11-15: the fourth anniversary of the Museum’s opening. We will begin taking reservations for tickets on November 2.  Tickets may be reserved online… Read more »

The Bachman-Wilson House on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum on Friday, August 14, 2015, in Bentonville, Arkansas.  The house was originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in Millstone, New Jersey, in 1954 for Abraham Wilson and his first wife, Gloria Bachman

Photo by Beth Hall

Cr(EAT)e Food Blog:  High South Meets India

The August Wednesday Over Water (WOW) at Crystal Bridges featured a lively panel discussion of this year’s Sensory Iconoclast participants and their singular collaborations.  The project, now in its third year, boasts a partnership between chefs and artists to create mutually inspired art and foodstuffs.  This year’s theme is Diversity in Art, Cuisine, and Culture…so… Read more »