Crystal Bridges Blog

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 »


Chihuly Editions: Q&A with the artists

Glass artist Dale Chihuly is known around the world for the colorful and graceful organic forms of his blown-glass sculptures and installations.  What you may not know, however, is that Chihuly also collaborates with Chihuly Workshop creating Studio Editions that are inspired by the artist’s original works. Four Studio Editions are created and offered each year. Crystal Bridges’… Read more »


Arthur Dove: The Condition of Light

  Arthur Garfield Dove (1880-1946) is considered one of the earliest American abstract painters. Sunday, August 2 would have been Dove’s 135th birthday.   Dove was born to a well-to-do family in Canandaigua, New York. His father, a brick manufacturer and contractor, named him after the 1880 Republican candidates for President and Vice-President, James Garfield and… Read more »

Arthur Garfield Dove

Artinfusion Member Spotlight: Eric Fay

Welcome to the second in a series of profiles of Members of Crystal Bridges’ young professionals group, ARTINFUSION. This is an affinity group within the Museum’s membership that is designed to provide social networking and art experiences especially for Members ages 21 to 40s. Artinfusion offers events for its membership and their guests that feature networking opportunities, art… Read more »

artinfusion member Eric Fay

Installing Maman

Ever wonder how a 30-foot-tall spider sculpture was installed in the courtyard at Crystal Bridges?   Very carefully.     No, seriously, we have a video of it.  Here you go:  The installation of Louise Bourgeois’s monumental sculpture, Maman, at Crystal Bridges. Enjoy!  

Louise Bourgeois
"Maman," 1999
Bronze, stainless steel, and marble

Diederich’s Dogs and Manship’s Bears

“I love animals first, last and always. Animals seemed to me truly plastic. They possess such supple unspoiled rhythms.” –William Hunt Diederich Recently, our preparators have installed a lively new bronze sculpture in the center of the Early Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. The work, by William Hunt Diederich, depicts a lithe and graceful pair of greyhounds… Read more »

William Hunt Diederich, 1884 - 1953 
"Greyhounds," 1913

The Elusive Crystal Bridges Gardener

When you work outside, amongst nature, I suppose you tend to blend in to the surroundings.  And when you blend in to the surroundings, you hear some amusing and interesting statements by passersby, such as: “Did you know the glass on the bridges are made from pure crystal?” and “Well I heard that Frank Lloyd… Read more »

Museum Horticulturalist Cody George on the Crystal Bridges trails.

Poetry Lift-Off Brings Variety to Great Hall

Local poet Houston Hughes has found a number of meaningful ways to rediscover the art collection and architecture of Crystal Bridges through spoken-word performance. Over the past few years, Hughes has served as host for several poetry events at Crystal Bridges, including a poetry slam writing workshop, a one-night slam, a college evening, and an open-mic night…. Read more »

Houston Hughes
Photo by Marc F. Henning
College Night "Le Carnaval des Couleurs" event on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.