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A Post-Party Post

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Last night was the artist and sponsor reception for State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.  Some 70 artists whose work is in the exhibition attended.   For those of us who have been working behind the scenes, it was a powerful experience to meet face-to-face the real live people whose names, bios, and artwork… Read more »

From Left:  Kristen Cliffel, Terence Hammonds, Lauren Was, Jeila Gueramian, Adam Eckstrom, Mary Kay, and Jeff Whetstone, all artists in State of the Art.

Architectural Gifts to the Library

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After attending the Library Great Reveal on nineteenth-century architecture this summer, Andy and Barb Ballestra donated a wonderful, rare architectural publication from 1933 to the Museum Library:  number 93 of 300 printed elephant folios titled The Architectural Work of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, Chicago : and Their Predecessors, D.H. Burnham & co., and Graham,… Read more »

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International Literacy Day in Art

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It’s International Literacy Day!   Today we celebrate great works of art in Crystal Bridges’ collection that relate to books and reading, and we also offer a couple of sneak peeks at works in the upcoming exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now with a literary theme.   As early as colonial times, images… Read more »

John Salvest, b. 1955
"Forever"
Second-hand romance novels on metal armature

American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution, Part 2

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We’re entering the last days in which guests may view the temporary exhibition American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution, on view here at Crystal Bridges through September 15.  Don’t miss this lovely assemblage of portraits from the collections of Crystal Bridges and our partner institutions: the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the… Read more »

Samuel F.B. Morse (1791-1872)
"Marquis de Lafayette"
1825
Oil on canvas

American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution

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We’re entering the last days in which guests may view the temporary exhibition American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution, on view here at Crystal Bridges through September 15.  Don’t miss this lovely assemblage of portraits from the collections of Crystal Bridges and our partner institutions: the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the… Read more »

Rembrandt Peale
"porthole" Washington
ca. 1823
Oil on canvas
Terra Foundation collection (1992.53)

Bachman Wilson House Update: Phase 1 into Phase 2

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If you have walked the Tulip Tree Trail or been out to the Museum’s South Lawn this summer, you have likely seen and heard the ongoing preparations for construction of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson house on the Museum grounds.   Earth moving is almost complete, as the site has been cleared and leveled, and the… Read more »

Construction of the stone retaining wall on the future site of the Bachman Wilson house.

John James Audubon, Part 2

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This is part two of a three-part series.  For Part One, click here In 1908, Audubon and his wife Lucy set out for Louisville, Kentucky, to establish a store with Audubon’s partner, Ferdinand Rozier. In  1910 the Louisville store folded. Audubon wrote: “I could not bear to give the attention required by my business and… Read more »

john-james-audubon self portrait