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Exploring Architecture: What’s Up with the Roofs?
Ceiling beams in Eleven being put into place

Exploring Architecture: What’s Up with the Roofs?

Architecture

Finally, there is the roof on top of the Museum Store, where there is no copper to be seen. The top of the Store is simple and unobtrusive when compared…

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Museum Grounds Crew Struggles to Contain Piranha Infestation in Crystal Bridges’ Upper Pond
Piranha

Museum Grounds Crew Struggles to Contain Piranha Infestation in Crystal Bridges’ Upper Pond

Nature & Outdoor

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art resides on 120 acres of Ozark forest. The building itself is nestled in the base of ravine with water from the Crystal Springs weaving…

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Striking Results of Chemical Analysis Reveal that Pigment used in Macdonald-Wright Painting Derived Entirely from Skittles
Skittles - rainbow colored candy

Striking Results of Chemical Analysis Reveal that Pigment used in Macdonald-Wright Painting Derived Entirely from Skittles

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor

Several months ago, when a team of conservators were assessing the condition of works in the Crystal Bridges permanent collection, they noticed something strange. The pigment in Stanton Macdonald-Wright’s painting…

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The Portfolios of Frank Lloyd Wright
Sijistan House for John Nesbit

The Portfolios of Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecture Library Volunteer Spotlight

Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger Kirk Dandridge, Jr., MD.  Kirk is a retired surgeon and a current architecture buff and volunteer in Crystal Bridges’ Library.  In…

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Tricking the Eye with Deborah Butterfield
What is Deborah Butterfield's sculpture Redstick really made of

Tricking the Eye with Deborah Butterfield

Art & Collection

Once the firing is complete and the shell has cooled, it is cleaned out. Even coats of microcrystalline wax are heated and poured into the shell as it is slowly…

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Significant Careers of Determined Artists: Janet Sobel
Which artist began experimenting with drip painting first

Significant Careers of Determined Artists: Janet Sobel

Art & Collection
“Sobel clearly had a moment and really broke through in ways that other artists hadn’t yet done,” said Don Bacigalupi, Crystal Bridges’ President.  “Pollock gets all the glory, and Pollock…
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Albert Pinkham Ryder
Albert Pinkham Ryder, Misty Moonlight

Albert Pinkham Ryder

Art & Collection
Crystal Bridges is fortunate to possess a stable work produced by this great American painter.  Located within the Nineteenth-Century Art Gallery, Ryder’s Misty Moonlight is a rare work in regard…
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The Bachman-Wilson House: What is a Usonian House?
Frank Lloyd Wright Wilson-Bachman House exterior

The Bachman-Wilson House: What is a Usonian House?

Architecture

The recently acquired Bachman-Wilson House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a classic example of what Wright called a “Usonian House.”  The word Usonian was coined by James Duff Law,…

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The European Connection: Part 3
Alfred H. Maurer, Two Heads

The European Connection: Part 3

Art & Collection Exhibitions

This is the third in a series of posts related to The European Connection, an exhibition of American modern artists from Crystal Bridges’ collection that will be on view concurrently with…

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Exploring Architecture: Four Amazing Facts about Crystal Bridges’ Building Materials
Alternating bands of concrete and wood

Exploring Architecture: Four Amazing Facts about Crystal Bridges’ Building Materials

Architecture

Constructed between 2006 and 2011, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a truly amazing structure. The 200,000 square foot Museum sits at the base of a ravine with water…

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So Cold it Burns...
Holly leaves in snow

So Cold it Burns...

Nature & Outdoor
You may ask “How does winter burn work?” Evergreens continue to loose water vapor through their leaves, even during the winter. The tree or shrub has to replace the moisture…
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The European Connection: Part 2
Oscar Bluemner, Motive of Space and Form - A New Jersey Village

The European Connection: Part 2

Art & Collection Exhibitions

This is the second in a series of posts related to The European Connection, an exhibition of American modern artists from Crystal Bridges’ collection that will be on view concurrently…

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The European Connection: Part 1
Max Weber, My Studio in Paris

The European Connection: Part 1

Art & Collection Exhibitions

On March 15, 2014 Crystal Bridges will open an exciting new exhibition titled The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism. William S. Paley (1901-1990), the founder and chairman…

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Keeping the Art Comfortable: Climate Control at Crystal Bridges
Snow scene of a tree lined pathway leading to building

Keeping the Art Comfortable: Climate Control at Crystal Bridges

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor
This is the brains of the HVAC system. All of the data that is collected by sensors is sent here, compiled by a processor within the unit, and is then…
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How It All Began: Alice Walton’s Watercolors
Georgia O'Keeffe, Red and Blue No. I

How It All Began: Alice Walton’s Watercolors

Art & Collection Exhibitions

While exploring Crystal Bridges, guests encounter a wide variety of artworks ranging in scale, style, and media, the creation thereof spanning roughly five centuries. From James Wooldridges’s seventeenth-century depiction…

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Moving Art: A Balancing Act
Painting carts hold a framed work upright during transport

Moving Art: A Balancing Act

Art & Collection

The Artists’ Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection recently closed on February 3, and we are now quickly preparing our Temporary Exhibition Gallery for the arrival of The…

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Travels with State of the Art: Cobi Moules in the Great American Landscape
Cobi Moules, Untitled (La Verkin Creek)

Travels with State of the Art: Cobi Moules in the Great American Landscape

Art & Collection Exhibitions

Nature has had many different symbolic meanings over time.  From the embodiment of threatening, unfettered savagery to the pure manifestation of the glory of God, landscape has played many roles…

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Ease Disease, there’s a Fungus among us!!
The inside of a hollowed out tree trunk

Ease Disease, there’s a Fungus among us!!

Nature & Outdoor
One way that nature decomposes an old fallen tree or dead wood is through decay caused by fungus. Fungus not only breaks down logs lying in the woods back into…
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Observing the Hidden Gems of Winter
Barred Owl

Observing the Hidden Gems of Winter

Nature & Outdoor

Winter is a time for observations in nature. The architecture of an Ozark hardwood forest, the silence of the woods after freshly fallen snow, and the intricacies of persimmon bark…

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What is Blackwell’s Island?
History image of Blackwell's Island

What is Blackwell’s Island?

Art & Collection

What is Blackwell’s Island? An oil painting by Edward Hopper? Yes, but where and what is the actual Blackwell’s Island? Why did Hopper choose to paint it? These are questions…

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