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New Acquisition: Elsie Driggs's Blast Furnace
Elsie Driggs, Blast Furnaces

New Acquisition: Elsie Driggs's Blast Furnace

Art & Collection
    New on view in Crystal Bridges' Early Twentieth-Century Art Gallery is Elsie Drigg's Precisionist painting, Blast Furnaces, created in 1927.     Elsie Driggs was born in 1898…
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Crystal Bridges Celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month by Remembering Artist/Activist Keith Haring
Keith Haring, Two-Headed Figure

Crystal Bridges Celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month by Remembering Artist/Activist Keith Haring

Art & Collection

In remembrance of the 48th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that ignited the flame of the LGBT Civil Rights movement of the seventies and eighties, it seems appropriate to…

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Oh Deer! New Crystal Bridges Acquisition Visits Chicago
Tony Tassett, Deer sculpture

Oh Deer! New Crystal Bridges Acquisition Visits Chicago

Art & Collection

An enormous white tail deer, sculpted of painted fiberglass, recently appeared on the Riverwalk in Chicago, Illinois.  The sculpture, appropriately titled Deer, was created by artist Tony Tasset in 2015,…

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Robert Henri: American Original
Robert Henri

Robert Henri: American Original

Art & Collection
  Instead of ascribing to the traditional norm of using predominantly white, upper-class subjects for painted portraits, Henri instead found inspiration in capturing the energy of everyday individuals. He also…
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May Day: Prints for the People
Rockwell Kent, Big Inch

May Day: Prints for the People

Art & Collection
In honor of May Day: traditionally a celebration of Labor in many European countries, we will take a look at some works on paper in Crystal bridges collection that celebrate…
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The Powerful Influence of Walt Whitman
One of Samuel Murray's final portraits of Walt Whitman

The Powerful Influence of Walt Whitman

Art & Collection
Walt Whitman is easily one of America’s most well-known poets. His collection, Leaves of Grass, was published in eight editions during his life, each with revisions and an expanded set…
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Poetry and Art  
Two men standing on bluff in the mountains over looking a creek at the bottom of a ravine.

Poetry and Art  

Art & Collection
April is National Poetry Month!  In celebration, let me introduce you to a few works in Crystal Bridges’ collection with poetic connections.   Kindred Spirits The two figures in this…
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Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Atkinson, Jr., Reunited for the First Time in Over a Century
John Singleton Copley, Portrait of Theodore Atkinson, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Atkinson, Jr., Reunited for the First Time in Over a Century

Art & Collection
Beginning this week, the great colonial-era painter John Singleton Copley receives the special recognition he deserves in a spotlight corner of our Colonial to Early-Nineteenth Century Gallery, thanks in part…
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Women's History Month: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
Sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, with her sculpture for the Inwood War Memorial

Women's History Month: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Art & Collection
Sculptor and art collector Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942) was born the middle child in the midst of four brothers and was the great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, known for the railroad…
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Women's History Month: Pam Longobardi's Plastic Oceans
Pam Longobardi

Women's History Month: Pam Longobardi's Plastic Oceans

Art & Collection Exhibitions
Pam Longobardi’s artwork is framed within a conversation about globalism and conservation, and involves painting, photography, and installation. In 2006, she founded the Drifters Project, an international collaborative artistic research…
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Women's History Month: Ruth Asawa
Ruth Asawa, Untitled

Women's History Month: Ruth Asawa

Art & Collection
  Ruth Aiko Asawa was born in 1926 in southern California to Japanese immigrants who worked as farmers. On December 7, 1941, Japanese aircraft bombed the US fleet at Pearl…
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Women's History Month: New Works by Remarkable Women
Carmen Herrera, Cerulean

Women's History Month: New Works by Remarkable Women

Art & Collection
In the month of March, the galleries may look at little different, as several works not before seen at Crystal Bridges are being installed. They add to the diverse voices…
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Women's History Month: Joan Brown
Joan Brown, Self-Portrait with Fish and Cat

Women's History Month: Joan Brown

Art & Collection
Self-Portrait with Fish and Cat is one of the largest of Joan Brown’s signature self-portraits and the first self-portrait by a woman to join the Crystal Bridges collection. Considered a…
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Black History Month: Kara Walker, "A Warm Summer Night in 1863,"
Kara Walker, A Warm Summer Evening in 1863

Black History Month: Kara Walker, "A Warm Summer Night in 1863,"

Art & Collection
Looming large against a chaotic illustrated scene, the caricatured silhouette of a hanged young black woman sets a dark tone for Kara Walker’s tapestry, A Warm Summer Night in 1863.…
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Black History Month: Fred Eversley
Fred Eversley with one of his large lens sculptures

Black History Month: Fred Eversley

Art & Collection
Fred Eversley is an African American artist born in 1941. His path to becoming an artist, back in the early '60s, is an unusual one. The son of a New…
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Happy Birthday Raphaelle and Rembrandt Peale!
Left: Rembrandt Peale, Self-portrait Right: Charles Willson Peale, Portrait of his son Raphaelle Peale, 1822

Happy Birthday Raphaelle and Rembrandt Peale!

Art & Collection
This month, we celebrate the birthdays of Raphaelle and Rembrandt Peale, (February 17 and 22, respectively) two brothers from America’s first artist family.   Raphaelle and Rembrandt’s grandfather, Charles Peale…
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Happy Birthday to Leo Villareal!
Leo Villareal with his work Buckyball

Happy Birthday to Leo Villareal!

Art & Collection

Happy Birthday to Leo Villareal, the creator of the Buckyball– the spherical sculpture that lights up the path to our front entrance at dusk.   Buckyball consists of two geodesic spheres,…

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Black History Month: Emma Cadwalader Guild's sculpture "Free"
after Emma Marie Cadwalader-Guild, Free

Black History Month: Emma Cadwalader Guild's sculpture "Free"

Art & Collection
One of the works in Crystal Bridges' collection that speaks most movingly about the experience of African Americans during the Restoration period was actually created by a White woman. Today's…
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Of Love and Loss: A Valentine's Story from the Galleries
Dennis Miller Bunker, Anne Page

Of Love and Loss: A Valentine's Story from the Galleries

Art & Collection
One of Dennis Miller Bunker’s defining paintings is his 1887 portrait of Anne Page. The painting is low in key, with a dark neutral background devoid of patterns or accessories.…
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Black History Month and a New Acquisition by John Biggers
John Biggers, The Garbage Man

Black History Month and a New Acquisition by John Biggers

Art & Collection

Today’s blog post was prepared by Crystal Bridges Interpretation intern Dennison Schultz.   New to the Crystal Bridges permanent collection is The Garbage Man (1944) by John Biggers (1924 –…

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