Crystal Bridges Blog

Meet Chef Melody

Food is a way of life for Crystal Bridges Chef Melody Lane. “I’ve always been in the middle of exciting food movements throughout my career,” she says. But it wasn’t just Bentonville’s burgeoning food scene that brought the 57-year-old chef and food activist to Northwest Arkansas, but rather a cultural happening on an international scale:… Read more »

Chef Melody Lane

Winter in the Country

It’s snowing at Crystal Bridges today:  tiny flakes that are cascading off the arch of the roof in white streamers with the wind. It’s a beautiful, if slightly forlorn display.             Winter scenes are less popular among landscape artists than the greens of summer or the colorful foliage of autumn. However,… Read more »

Jervis McEntee
"Winter in the Country," 1889-90
oil on canvas

Native Americans in American Art

Changing Perspectives of Native Americans is a focus exhibition currently on view in the Museum’s Early Nineteenth-Century Art Gallery. The artworks featured—created by European and Euro-American artists—reflect shifting attitudes toward Native Americans. The very earliest images record characteristics and customs of the native residents of North America. Later, in the wake of controversial laws such as the… Read more »

Winslow Homer

Today is the birthday of Winslow Homer, born February 24, 1836. Crystal Bridges has six of Homer’s paintings in our permanent collection, five of which are works on paper, including Spring, 1878, watercolor and pencil on paper.   In the summer of 1878, Homer traveled to Massachusetts and upstate New York, including Houghton Farm, the country… Read more »

Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
Watercolor and pencil on paper

Joan Mitchell

February 12 is the birthday of Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell (1925-1992). Everything about Mitchell’s privileged early life and academic career might have suggested a smooth path to an early successful career as an artist. Born into a wealthy family (her father was a physician; her mother, co-editor of Poetry magazine.), she was financially independent, and… Read more »

Joan Mitchell

Get Creative with Van Gogh to Rothko!

On Saturday, February 21, an exciting new traveling exhibition, Van Gogh to Rothko: Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will open at Crystal Bridges. This promises to be an exhibition with a considerable WOW Factor, featuring 76 artworks by a veritable Who’s Who of art over the past 150 years. The real showstoppers will be… Read more »

The Artists' Studio interactive space in "Van Gogh to Rothko."

Edward Curtis – Frontier Photographer, Artist and Adventurer

February 16 is the birthday of Edward Curtis – American frontier photographer and ethnologist, who became best-known for his epic work The North American Indian, produced between 1907 and 1930 (Crystal Bridges owns a complete set consisting of 20 textbooks and 20 portfolios with 720 photogravures.) Curtis was born near Whitewater, Wisconsin, in 1868. In… Read more »

Edward Curtis, self portrait, ca. 1910

A Day of Love at Crystal Bridges… or not.

Gentle Readers: Valentine’s Day is upon us, with all the accompanying mush, sap, saccharine, hearts, and flowers. We realize, however, that not everyone finds this a day full of love and sunshine.  In fact, this evening Crystal Bridges’ artinfusion group hosts the third annual Black Hearts Ball, an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration for the jaded, the… Read more »

Benjamin West
"Cupid and Psyche"

Announcing New Acquisitions: Process & Recent Highlights

Crystal Bridges permanent collection spans more than five centuries of American masterworks from colonial to current day. Since the Museum’s founding, we continue to add to the unfolding story of America exhibited in our galleries by acquiring new works.    When an artwork is acquired, the process of bringing it into the Museum’s collection and… Read more »

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