Crystal Bridges Blog

Meet the Archivist

I am thrilled to introduce our community to the Museum’s new archivist, Valerie Sallis.  Valerie brings five years’ experience in archives management and digital projects to the Crystal Bridges’ library. Given Valerie’s professionalism and proven skills, we can all look forward to even deeper access to our Museum’s treasured materials!  Valerie shares her interests and… Read more »

Lee Krasner

The Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery exhibition features several magnificent paintings by leading twentieth-century female artists. Among the highlights is Lee Krasner’s Milkweed.   Lee Krasner was part of the first generation of Abstract Expressionists. The situation for Krasner and her female artist friends was difficult, since Abstract Expressionism was… Read more »

Lee Krasner (1908-1984)
"Milkweed," 1955
Oil, paper, and canvas collage on canvas
82 3/8 x 57 3/4 inches (209.2 x 146.7 cm)	
Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1976

Bachman Wilson House Update

Anyone who has visited Crystal Bridges’ South Lawn in the past few weeks has observed the back wall of the Bachman Wilson House as it has gradually risen into view over the construction fence. It may have been something of a let-down, as this gray, cinder-block wall does not have much of a “Frank Lloyd… Read more »

A view of the back of the Bachman Wilson House under reconstruction. This side will have floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of Crystal Spring.

1940s to Now Gallery Re-opens

We are delighted to be reopening the north end of the newly installed “1940s to Now Gallery”!  This gallery has been closed for several weeks, after having housed half of the large exhibition State of the Art from September through January. Now it returns to its original purpose of showcasing some of the modern and… Read more »

A view of the recently reopened north end of Crystal Bridges' 1940s to Now Gallery

Soap Artist at Work

Soap as Art?? Who would’ve thought?  Not me.  That is until I met Jane Wheeler of Peighton’s Place Handmade Soap.  Jane has been making soap since 1998.  Using a cold process, she transforms all-natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, goat’s milk, herbs, oxides, and clays into bars of soap that almost look too beautiful… Read more »

exhibition soap sml

Josef Albers

March 19 is the birthday of Josef Albers. Albers is best known for his Homage to the Square series, featuring various colored squares, one within another, that demonstrate the interactions of colors. He worked in a number of other media, including stained glass, prints, drawings, mosaic, and furniture—but his true métier was color.   Born… Read more »


Women’s History Month: Helen Frankenthaler

Helen Frankenthaler, 1928 – 2011 Helen Frankenthaler’s cheerful Color Field painting Tutti-Fruitti is currently on view at Crystal Bridges as part of the temporary exhibition Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  It is a wonderful example of a signature work by an artist not currently represented in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection.  … Read more »

Acrylic on canvas
116 3a/4 × 69 in. (296.5 × 175.3 cm)
Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1976, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Meet Ana Aguayo: Crystal Bridges’ New Membership Program Manager

We have brought on two new Membership team members in the past several weeks: Ana Aguayo is the new Membership Program Manager; and Hannah Nestor is the Membership Program Assistant.  Emily Ironside, our former Membership Program Manager, was promoted to Development Officer.  As these folks will be interacting quite a bit with our Members and guests, we… Read more »

Ana Aguayo is Crystal Bridges' Membership Program Manager.