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Reflections of a Curator: Black History Month and Accountability
Early American Art Gallery, Crystal Bridges

Reflections of a Curator: Black History Month and Accountability

Art & Collection

In this blog, Mindy Besaw, curator, American art and director of fellowships and research at Crystal Bridges, reflects on Black History Month and how to stay accountable for promoting and reflecting on Black art throughout the year.

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Black History Art and Book Pairings
(left) Jacob Lawrence, People in Other Rooms (Harlem Street Scene); (right) Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Vintage Random House

Black History Art and Book Pairings

Activities & Education Art & Collection

The Reader by Emma Amos inspired our Curatorial and Education teams to reflect and pair books with artwork by Black artists at Crystal Bridges.

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Beth Lipman, The Levy-Franks Family, and a New Work Made of Glass
Beth Lipman, Belonging(s)

Beth Lipman, The Levy-Franks Family, and a New Work Made of Glass

Art & Collection Exhibitions

Learn more about Belonging(s) (2020), a newly commissioned work, by Beth Lipman, part of Crafting America.

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Crystal Bridges Acquires New Artwork by Sandy Rodriguez
Sandy Rodriguez, De las Señales y Pronósticos and I.C.E. Raids de Califas

Crystal Bridges Acquires New Artwork by Sandy Rodriguez

Art & Collection

Crystal Bridges recently acquired a work by Los Angeles-based painter Sandy Rodriguez titled De las Señales y Pronósticos and I.C.E. Raids de Califas, created in 2018. 

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Art, Black History, and More with (Free) Virtual Gallery Tours
Kerry James Marshall, Our Town

Art, Black History, and More with (Free) Virtual Gallery Tours

Art & Collection At the Museum

Did you know Crystal Bridges is currently offering free virtual gallery tours? 3 in 30 takes participants on a virtual tour of three artworks in 30 minutes, with many revolving around a theme. 

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Conversations Across Collections: Artists and Antiracist Activism
Faith Ringgold, Maya's Quilt of Life

Conversations Across Collections: Artists and Antiracist Activism

Art & Collection

Welcome to Conversations across Collections. This entry is the fourth in a collaborative series between the Archives of American Art and Crystal Bridges where we share the archival backstory on objects from each of our collections.

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Conversations Across Collections: The Journey of Marisol’s The Bathers
Marisol, The Bathers

Conversations Across Collections: The Journey of Marisol’s The Bathers

Art & Collection

One of my jobs as an intern is to help build object files—internal files for the museum and visiting researchers that include information about our collection. How was the work created? Where has it been exhibited? Who previously owned the object?

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Conversations Across Collections: Oscar Bluemner’s Self-Portrait is Anything But Simple
Oscar Bluemner, Self-Portrait

Conversations Across Collections: Oscar Bluemner’s Self-Portrait is Anything But Simple

Art & Collection

What may seem like yet another simplified portrait of a flattened figure with bright colors is anything but. Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938) placed great emphasis on the colors he chose, the forms he created, and the mood his paintings conveyed.

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Looking Close and Finding Love
Charles De Wolf Brownell, Eye, ca. 1870, watercolor and graphite on paper

Looking Close and Finding Love

Art & Collection

The dark blue-gray eye floats on the creamy white paper. It stares back, unblinking and life-sized. A reflected window arches over the iris, suggesting the human attached to this eye was indoors.

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Conversations Across Collections: The Science of Martin Johnson Heade’s The Gems of Brazil
Martin Johnson Heade, The Gems of Brazil

Conversations Across Collections: The Science of Martin Johnson Heade’s The Gems of Brazil

Art & Collection Exhibitions
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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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