Crystal Bridges Blog

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

Thelma and Louise

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Are you familiar with Thelma and Louise?  No, not the 1991 film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.  I’m talking about Crystal Bridges’ version.   Thelma and Louise are  two particular trees on Crystal Bridges’ grounds that had a significant impact on the architectural design of the southern section of the Museum.   When the Museum site was being excavated prior… Read more »

Thelma and Louise in construction

Fantastic Iconoclastic Repast

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The Sensory Iconoclasts Project pairs regional artists with chefs from various Northwest Arkansas restaurants. The chefs created a dish inspired by the artist, and the artists created a work of art inspired by the food.  This month’s WOW event highlighted Iconoclastic recipes from Crystal Bridges’ Director of Culinary, Case Dighero, our own Master ‘Claster.  … Read more »


John James Audubon, Part 1

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In September, Crystal Bridges will exhibit an oil painting by John James Audubon, created in 1826 while the artist was in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The painting depicts a family of wild turkeys: male, female, and seven chicks. It was based upon the individual watercolor paintings of the male and female turkeys that Audubon had already made… Read more »

John James Audubon

A Very Special Trip to the Museum

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“Good morning! Crystal Bridges Museum. My name is Jan, can I help you?” As the Guest Services concierge responding to our Member and Guest calls and emails, I’m never sure what new, interesting, or quirky requests or questions might come my way. Talking with our Members and Guests about the wonderful opportunities for enjoyment here… Read more »

Gardening up Close

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I’ve always been a detail-orientated kind of person, which is good because my job is centered on details:  individual plant health, plant inventory, weeding, plant identification, etc.  Our grounds are beautiful because of the detail work that is done by the Trails and Grounds team to ensure the guest experience continues (or begins) on the… Read more »

American Basketflower

Asher B. Durand’s “Kindred Spirits”

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“Paint and repaint until you are sure the work represents the model—not that it merely resembles it.” —Asher B. Durand   Today is the birthday of Asher Brown Durand, born August 21, 1796.  Durand is the creator of one of Crystal Bridges’ most well-known and beloved paintings:  Kindred Spirits. The work is a tribute to… Read more »

Asher B. Durand (1796-1886)
Kindred Spirits
Oil on canvas