Crystal Bridges Blog

Thrills and Chills at Crystal Bridges

In honor of Halloween, we scared up some spooky stuff for you to ponder from Crystal Bridges’ collection. Hope this doesn’t keep you up at night….   Evan Penny’s Old Self: Portrait of the Artist as He Will (Not) Be, Variation #2 This one was easy.  There’s just something about this super-realistic oversized head that gives… Read more »

Superstorm Sandy and the Art of Nathalie Miebach

It was two years ago today that Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the US, causing massive destruction along the eastern seaboard and especially in New York and New Jersey. Instruments recording ocean and atmospheric data during Sandy registered a number of extremes:  the storm surge at Battery Park in New York topped 13.88 feet:… Read more »

Nathalie Miebach, b. 1972
"O Fortuna Sandy Spins," 2013
Reed, wood, rope, bamboo, and weather data

Maria Oakey Dewing

Today is the birthday of Maria Oakey Dewing, born October 27, 1845.  Her rich, passionate painting, Rose Garden, is a visitor favorite in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection. Born Maria Richards Oakey, Dewing began her artistic career at the age of 17.  She studied at Cooper Union School of Design and the Antique School of National… Read more »

Maria Oakey Dewing, photographed by Fratelli Vianelli. This image is among the Dewey family papers in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

Library Periodicals

Working at Crystal Bridges, it is indeed a privilege to be surrounded by such natural beauty and great works of art.  Every day, we are given the opportunity to learn and expand our knowledge.  To this end, the Library at Crystal Bridges can be a valuable resource.  It is a place to gather answers for… Read more »

The Art Newspaper

Working at the Museum, Part 1

As editor of Crystal Bridges’ blog, I’m always sniffing around for new blog ideas and attempting to harry, cajole, or even bribe (a little chocolate goes a long way sometimes) everyone in the Museum—from interns to curators—into contributing posts. My theory is that there is just about nothing that goes on around here that is not in… Read more »

Brandi Cline is the Education Assistant at Crystal Bridges.

Into the Gap: Robert Rauschenberg

Today is the birthday of Robert Rauschenberg, an artist who played a pivotal role in the development of American art after WWII. This blog post, written by Museum President Don Bacigalupi, is excerpted from Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection catalog, Celebrating the American Spirit: Masterworks from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.    The art world… Read more »

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008)
Oil, graphite and silkscreen ink on canvas

Exploring the Given Reality with Dave Greber

New Orleans artist Dave Greber creates mesmerizing, eye-boggling video works.  The two works presented in State of the Art illustrate the very different styles his practice encompasses, yet the two works—Sinew-en-ciel, an installation on the gallery wall, the other, Stilllives II: Vignette, projected on the floor—complement one another with their use of color and movement… Read more »

Dave Greber

The Apple of Our Eyes: Apple Cider Recipes from WOW

…I have had too much Of apple-picking: I am overtired Of the great harvest I myself desired. There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch, Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall. For all That struck the earth, No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble, Went surely to the cider-apple heap… Read more »

caramel apples

“Blackness in the Extreme”: Kerry James Marshall

Artist Kerry James Marshall will be visiting Crystal Bridges on November 12 to offer a Keynote Lecture about his work.  Marshall’s large painting Our Town is in the Museum’s permanent collection. (The work is not currently on view while the State of the Art exhibition occupies the Twentieth-Century Art Gallery.) Marshall is well-known for his images of… Read more »

A school group engages in a discussion in front of Kerry James Marshall's  "Our Town."