Crystal Bridges Blog

Mop it Up! Peppadew Cheese and Rib Mop

Ah, Spring!  The bad news:  tree pollen is coating the Museum roofs with yellow fuzz and everybody is sniffling and sneezing. The good news:  grilling season has arrived! Today, the chefs in Eleven offer recipes for a delicious peppadew cheese appetizer and rich braising sauce for your first spring batch of spareribs!     Peppadew Cheese… Read more »


Cleaning the Fish

Fish Stories is a temporary exhibition featuring 20 color prints from Game Fishes of the United States, 1879 -1880, illustrated by Samuel A. Kilbourne (1836-1881), which is in the collection of the Crystal Bridges Library.  The exhibition is on view through September 21.    When I first discovered Game Fishes of the United States among the Library’s rare… Read more »

After: January 2014. 
Samuel Kilbourne, Red Snapper from Game Fishes of the United States (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1879), 1879 – 1880, Chromolithograph, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Library, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Heugh-Edmondson Conservation Services, LLC.

Splash, Drip, Splatter

Inspired by the Jackson Pollock painting in our current exhibition, Van Gogh to Rothko, Crystal Bridges’ College Ambassadors got together recently to try out Pollock’s drip and splatter method of action painting.     You can see a time-lapse video of the project here:         Pollock’s drip paintings were not random.  There… Read more »


Film Festival Submissions Accepted Now

April 1 was the opening day for submissions to Crystal Bridges’ second annual Short Film Festival. Submissions will be accepted through July 1, so there’s still plenty of time to create your own short film and get involved! The winning films will be showcased at the festival on August 19.     The theme for… Read more »


Gosh Doggit, Dogwoods are Blooming!

This morning as I was riding the shuttle down Museum Way on my way to work I noticed with some surprise that the dogwoods have started blooming. They always seem to take me that way:  one day the forest is gray, with just the first fuzz of green appearing. The next day it is scattered… Read more »

Dogwoods (website-Trails and Grounds- Dogwood Trail)

Meet Hannah Nestor: Membership Program Assistant

Hannah Nestor has been working at the Museum as a Guest Services Associate since June, 2014, and she joined the Membership team on January 5 as Membership Program Assistant. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at William Jewell College where she majored in studio art and completed part of the coursework at Kemper Museum of Contemporary… Read more »

Hannah Nestor is the Membership Program Assistant at Crystal Bridges.

Looking Closely at Chuck Close

One of the most arresting works in the newly re-configured 1940s to Now Gallery is Chuck Close’s self-portrait. This large-scale black-and-white artwork looks, at a glance, like an Impressionistic rendering made up of blobs of white, gray, and black paint. But look closer:  the work is actually made of paper pulp in varying shades, which… Read more »

Chuck Close, b. 1940
"Self Portrait/Pulp," 2001
Colored pressed handmade paper pulp consisting of eleven various grays

Discover the Grounds!

Spring is here and Crystal Bridges’ grounds are beginning to bloom! It seems like every day there is something new bursting into flower at the Museum. First it was the witch hazel (“Arnold Promise”), with its tendrils of yellow, astonishing against the brown background of the still-dormant forest. Next, the woods were suddenly full of… Read more »

Wild Columbine

Haggadahs for Passover from the Museum Library

Saturday, April 4, begins the celebration of Passover.  We encourage your to visit the Museum Library and view one of the several Haggadahs including one of the most stunning modern interpretations, Haggadah for Passover illustrated by Ben Shahn, 1965. A first edition, signed copy #66 of only 228 copies. The spectacular double-page Menorah frontispiece is… Read more »

A Passover Haggadah 
Edited by Herbert Bronstein for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Drawings by Leonard Baskin.
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1974.