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The Bachman Wilson House: On the Road

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This past January, Crystal Bridges acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright house, known as the Bachman Wilson House. In order to best preserve the architecturally significant structure, which had previously been exposed to repeat flooding, it was determined that the house would have to be relocated. After careful deliberation, a location on Crystal Bridges’ grounds… Read more »

Truck Side  Photo provided by J.B. Hunt Transport Inc.

The Bachman Wilson House: Selecting the Site

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Crystal Bridges recently acquired the Bachman Wilson House, a 1954 Usonian House designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. After repeat flooding at the structure’s original site next to the Millstone River in New Jersey, relocation presented itself as the best preservation option. The house is now disassembled and will be transported in pieces to Northwest… Read more »

Rending showing the future placement of the Bachman Wilson House near Crystal Spring.

Exploring Architecture: What’s Up with the Roofs?

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You can’t walk through Crystal Bridges without noticing a number of very unique design choices—the location, the building materials, the layout. It’s a beautiful and complex structure. But what’s up with the roofs?   Designed to mimic the rolling hills of Arkansas’s landscape, the roofs at Crystal Bridges are full of intriguing features. First of… Read more »

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Just in Time for Passover: Ben Shahn’s Haggadah

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Ben Shahn’s Haggadah (a Jewish text that presents the order of the Passover Seder) is a beautiful book that celebrates the traditions of Passover and highlights Shahn’s masterful skill as an artist and calligrapher.   Many of the illustrations in Shahn’s Haggadah were made around 1930.  However, it was not until 1965 that the artist collecting the drawings… Read more »

From Ben Shan's Haggadah for Passover.

Opening Doors to Art Exploration

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A while ago I had the pleasure of interviewing artist Jeff Koons (creator of the recently acquired Hanging Heart (Gold/Magenta), now on display in Crystal Bridges’ restaurant) for the upcoming issue of C magazine, the publication for Members of Crystal Bridges.  Koons is a real advocate for the accessibility of art and the importance of… Read more »

"Doors," by South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa.