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Crystal Bridges Acquires an Early Sam Gilliam Drape Painting
Sam Gilliam, Mazda

Crystal Bridges Acquires an Early Sam Gilliam Drape Painting

Art & Collection
Crystal Bridges is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Mazda (1970), an early drape painting by the renowned artist Sam Gilliam. For more than 60 years, Gilliam has pushed the…
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New Audio Tour: Walk Through Crystal Bridges with Alice Walton
Alice Walton Talks Art audio tour screen shot from mobile app

New Audio Tour: Walk Through Crystal Bridges with Alice Walton

Art & Collection At the Museum

“I’m Alice Walton, and I am delighted to take you on this tour today.”  So begins the museum’s newest audio tour, Alice Walton Talks Art. In this self-guided tour, take…

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Crystal Bridges Acquires Martin’s Cincuentañera by Shizu Saldamando
Shizu Saldamando, Martin’s Cincuentañera

Crystal Bridges Acquires Martin’s Cincuentañera by Shizu Saldamando

Art & Collection

Crystal Bridges is excited to acquire a new work by contemporary artist Shizu Saldamando titled Martin’s Cincuentañera.   About Martin’s Cincuentañera Saldamando’s artwork Martin’s Cincuentañera (2018) features Martin Crudo, the…

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Buy Ruth Asawa Stamps from the US Postal Service
Ruth Asawa USPS Forever stamp

Buy Ruth Asawa Stamps from the US Postal Service

Art & Collection
The US Postal Service is honoring the life and career of Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa, whose work is found in the Crystal Bridges collection, with a beautiful stamp collection…
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Yasuo Kuniyoshi and the Importance of Advocating for Artists (AAA Series)
Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Little Joe with Cow

Yasuo Kuniyoshi and the Importance of Advocating for Artists (AAA Series)

Art & Collection
In this blog series, the Crystal Bridges Curatorial team explores stories of American art paired with archival photographs courtesy of the Archives of American Art (AAA), Smithsonian Institution. In this…
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Charlie Chaplin: Laughing at Modernism
Chaplin in one of the most famous and memorable scenes from Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin: Laughing at Modernism

Art & Collection At the Museum

In our newly remodeled Modern Art Gallery, a clip of Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film Modern Times plays next to artworks depicting changes in technology, industry, and society in the twentieth…

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State of the Art 2020 Update: Crystal Bridges Acquires Artworks and a New VR Experience
Gallery view of State of the Art 2020 exhibition

State of the Art 2020 Update: Crystal Bridges Acquires Artworks and a New VR Experience

Art & Collection Exhibitions

In his paintings, video installations, assemblage works, sculptures, and performances, Paul Stephen Benjamin explores the questions, “What is the color black?” and “If the color black had a sound, what…

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Crystal Bridges Acquires Native American Art from Bruce Hartman Collection
Pop Chalee, Enchanted Forest

Crystal Bridges Acquires Native American Art from Bruce Hartman Collection

Art & Collection

Crystal Bridges is excited to announce the acquisition of 31 modern and contemporary artworks by 25 Native American artists from the Bruce Hartman collection in Kansas City, Missouri. The collection…

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¿Qué hay de nuevo en las galerías de arte moderno? (en Español)
View of a gallery with artwork hung on the wall

¿Qué hay de nuevo en las galerías de arte moderno? (en Español)

Art & Collection
No te pierdas un clip de Tiempos modernos, un largometraje de 1936, escrito y dirigido por Charlie Chaplin. La película, protagoniza a Chaplin como un trabajador de línea de ensamblaje…
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What's New in the Modern Art Galleries?
View of a gallery with artwork hung on the wall

What's New in the Modern Art Galleries?

Art & Collection
Don’t miss a short clip of Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film. Modern Times stars Chaplin as an assembly line worker struggling to survive the modern, industrialized world. Radical changes in technology,…
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Remembering Juneteenth at Crystal Bridges
Hank Willis Thomas, Zero Hour

Remembering Juneteenth at Crystal Bridges

Art & Collection

Effective in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a presidential proclamation and executive order, known as the Emancipation Proclamation, stating that all slaves in the United States were now free. However,…

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Celebrating Queer Artists in the Crystal Bridges Collection
Gabriel Dawe, Plexus No. 27

Celebrating Queer Artists in the Crystal Bridges Collection

Art & Collection

Here, we examine the storied histories of a few artists and artworks in the Crystal Bridges collection that identify as LGBTQ+.

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7 Book / Artwork Pairings to Add to Your List
Just Kids by Patti Smith book cover (left) Benjamin West, Cupid and Psyche (right)

7 Book / Artwork Pairings to Add to Your List

Art & Collection
The 40 essays collected in Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, including one written by collection artist Brian Tolle, are written in the artists’ own voices. Although each different and…
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An Interview with Artist Leo Villareal
Leo Villareal with his work Buckyball

An Interview with Artist Leo Villareal

Art & Collection
CB: Your work is very public in nature, and I know you’ve said you really enjoy watching people react to your work in the public setting. Can you talk about…
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The Odd Couple: Hollowell and Melchers
Left: Gari Melchers, The Embroideress [Portrait of Mrs. Hitchcock]; Right: Loie Hollowell, Mother's Milk

The Odd Couple: Hollowell and Melchers

Art & Collection
It’s that thread of mystery that again brings us back to Mrs. Hitchcock—who may not appear to be hiding anything. But look again at the peculiar black dress she’s wearing.…
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The Ramsay-Polk Family: Family Portraits in the Age of Social Distancing
James Peale, Sr., The Ramsay-Polk Family at Carpenter's Point, Cecil County, Maryland (left) Curator Mindy Besaw next to the artwork in the gallery (right)

The Ramsay-Polk Family: Family Portraits in the Age of Social Distancing

Art & Collection

This post was written by Mindy N. Besaw, curator, American art and director of fellowships and research.

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Teaching Empathy Through Art at Crystal Bridges
Teachers Julie Griggs (left) and Heather Hooks (right)

Teaching Empathy Through Art at Crystal Bridges

Activities & Education Art & Collection

Empathy is a lesson that we should all refresh ourselves on from time to time. Now, with the help of teachers Julie Griggs (left) and Heather Hooks (right), we can!…

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So You've Acquired An Artwork...Now What?
Gallery view of Jason Bard Yarmosky , Wintered Fields

So You've Acquired An Artwork...Now What?

Art & Collection

Ever wonder about the decision-making involved in choosing when, where, and how our artworks go on view? Once Crystal Bridges acquires an artwork, there are several questions that need to…

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Winter Wonderland Scenes in the Galleries
Francis Guy, Winter Scene in Brooklyn

Winter Wonderland Scenes in the Galleries

Art & Collection
This is one of my favorite paintings in the gallery. There is so much to look at in this early American neighborhood that can now be found underneath the Brooklyn…
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Bookmark an Artwork
George W. Pettit, Union Refugees (left) Cover of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas (right)

Bookmark an Artwork

Art & Collection

In 2017, the museum created the IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) committee, whose goal is to foster diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within our workplace. The committee selected a handful…

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