A year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions enhances the guest experience by providing opportunities to enjoy traveling exhibitions from other institutions, or special presentations of artworks from our own and other museum galleries, organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni by Rashid Johnson
Opens May 15, 2021
Artist Rashid Johnson combines influences of art, architecture, and nature in the North Forest this summer with a new, outdoor sculpture created specifically for Crystal Bridges. This unique, midnight-blue, 20 x 20 x 20-foot, living greenhouse titled The Bruising: For Jules, The Bird, Jack and Leni will include collaborations with artists, performers, and community members.
This Is the Day
April 24 - August 16, 2021
This Is the Day brings together 24 artistic representations of Black faith and spirituality, including the work of Bruce Davidson, Faith Ringgold, and Arkansas-based photographer Aaron Turner, that illuminate the resilience of the Black church and the community it has served for more than 300 years.
February 6 - May 31, 2021
Featuring over 100 works in ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and more unexpected materials, Crafting America presents a diverse and inclusive story of American craft from the 1940s to today, highlighting the work of artists such as Ruth Asawa, Peter Voulkos, Jeffrey Gibson, Sonya Clark, and more.
November 21, 2020 - May 24, 2021
Companion Species is a new focus exhibition and collaborative project that takes inspiration from the recent Crystal Bridges acquisition, Companion Species: Speech Bubble by Marie Watt (Seneca).
What I Know: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey
June 26 to October 11, 2021
What I Know is an exhibition about knowledge featuring artworks created with a variety of media by Leroy Almon, Thornton Dial, Sam Doyle, Minnie Evans, Josephus Farmer, Roy Ferdinand, Bessie Harvey, Clementine Hunter, Joe Light, Ronald Lockett, Sister Gertrude Morgan, J.B. Murray, Sulton Rogers, Nellie Mae Rowe, Welmon Sharlhorne, Herbert Singleton, and Purvis Young.
Crystal Bridges at 10
July 10 - September 27, 2021
In a spectacular celebration of art brought to life from voices both within and beyond the museum, Crystal Bridges at 10 revels in the museum's’ first 10 years and sets the precedent for the decade to come.
Selena Forever / Siempre Selena
September 4, 2021 to January 2022
Throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, Grammy award-winning artist Selena Quintanilla-Pérez became an international pop sensation, creating a legacy that has lasted far beyond her brief life. With her embellished bustier tops, high-waisted pants, and red lips―a look often imitated today―Selena’s image and fashion sense were as famous as her music, particularly in a genre dominated by men. This image was immortalized by renowned photographer John Dyer. Working collaboratively, Selena and Dyer crafted photographs that contributed to her enduring legacy over the course of two photoshoots in 1992 and 1994.
In American Waters
November 6, 2021 - January 31, 2022
In this exhibition, visitors will be transported across time and water on the wave of a diverse range of modern and historical artists, discover the sea as an expansive way to reflect on American culture and environment, and question what it means to be "in American waters."
Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment
November 20, 2021 - March 21, 2022
The exhibition Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment, features approximately 80 works of art plus photographs and natural history specimens from the artists’ collections. This interdisciplinary project takes flight from the influential series of paintings The Gems of Brazil (1863-64) by Martin Johnson Heade, and expands outward to explore pollination in nature and ecology, cultural and artistic influence and exchange, and the interconnection between art and science extending from the nineteenth century to now.
Diego Rivera’s America
March - July 2023
The exhibition includes rarely seen works from private collections, major paintings on loan from museums in both the United States and Mexico, studies for pivotal mural projects in Mexico City, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York, as well as large-scale digital projections that convey the immersive quality of his epic murals. Due to COVID-19-related challenges, this exhibition has been rescheduled to March- July 2023.