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Karl Bodmer’s Adventures During the 1833/34 Upper-Missouri Expedition, Part II
Map of the journey of Karl Bodmer and Prince Maximilian.

Karl Bodmer’s Adventures During the 1833/34 Upper-Missouri Expedition, Part II

Art & Collection Exhibitions
To read Part I, click here. On their return trip, Maximilian and company stayed at Fort Clark in present-day North Dakota from November 1833 to April 1834. As Maximilian recounts,…
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The Blank Canvas
Person sitting outside on a folding stool holding paint brushes while painting on a canvas

The Blank Canvas

Activities & Education Art & Collection At the Museum
“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make…
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Karl Bodmer’s Adventures During the 1833/34 Upper-Missouri Expedition, Part I
Karl Bodmer The Steamer Yellow Stone on the 19th April 1833

Karl Bodmer’s Adventures During the 1833/34 Upper-Missouri Expedition, Part I

Art & Collection Exhibitions Library

Part I:  The Trip Out One of the most recent changes in Crystal Bridges’ Early Nineteenth-Century Gallery is the new exhibition of Karl Bodmer’s hand-colored aquatint prints. While the previous…

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Crystal Bridges' Contribution to the Population of the Monarch Butterfly
Monarch caterpillar on leaf

Crystal Bridges' Contribution to the Population of the Monarch Butterfly

Nature & Outdoor
Some folks may see a caterpillar in their garden and think “I need to kill it” or “I think there’s a chemical to treat those.”  At Crystal Bridges, we see…
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Outdoor Sculpture "Stella" is No Boar
André Harvey, Stella sculpture

Outdoor Sculpture "Stella" is No Boar

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor

The Museum’s Art Trail is a wonderful outdoor venue to explore. The paved path offers spectacular views of the grounds and hosts a variety of outdoor works of art from…

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Birds, Part IV: Young Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library
The Hen. The Child's Illustrated Book of Natural History.

Birds, Part IV: Young Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library

Library
Another truly charming genre in our nineteenth-century American color plate collection is children’s books. Bird, mammal, and reptile illustrations in children’s books were a method of natural history instruction. For…
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The Fabulous Louise Nevelson
Louise Nevelson

The Fabulous Louise Nevelson

Art & Collection
So how could an artist have triumphed in the face of such unreasonable prejudice?  “In Nevelson’s case, she was the most ferocious artist there was,” said Museum President Don Bacigalupi. …
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Birds, Part III: Birds of a Feather... in the Crystal Bridges Library
Drawing of bird with red head, blue upper body, white under belly, black and white lower body, and black tail feathers

Birds, Part III: Birds of a Feather... in the Crystal Bridges Library

Art & Collection Library

There are so many bird illustration publications that I’ll first list, along with a few images, those works which, along with Wilson and Audubon, made significant contributions to ornithology illustration:…

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Rock Ledge Trail and the Railroad that Wasn't
Nature trail cut though layer of limestone to level ground

Rock Ledge Trail and the Railroad that Wasn't

Nature & Outdoor
Of the six trails that ramble through Crystal Bridges’ grounds, Rock Ledge Trail has the most unusual history. It follows the path of a railroad bed that was cut through…
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Edward Hopper's "Blackwell's Island" joins Crystal Bridges collection
Edward Hopper, Blackwell's Island

Edward Hopper's "Blackwell's Island" joins Crystal Bridges collection

Art & Collection
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will soon debut a new acquisition of a major work by American Modernist painter Edward Hopper (1882–1967).  The work, titled Blackwell’s Island, offers a…
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Birds, Part II: Big Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library
Drawing of Maryland Yellow Throat

Birds, Part II: Big Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library

Art & Collection Library

This is the second of the Bird blogs. It’s a way to introduce you, our Museum community, to the Library’s wonderful collection of nineteenth-century American color-plate ornithology books. I call…

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A Short Chat with Karen LaMonte
Karen LaMonte with her cast-glass sculpture Dress Impression with Wrinkled Cowl

A Short Chat with Karen LaMonte

Art & Collection
As Copy Editor for Crystal Bridges, it is my privilege to interview some of the artists whose work appears in our collection.  These interviews are published, in part, in C…
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Birds, Part I: Early Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library
Drawings of Wood Thrush

Birds, Part I: Early Birds in the Crystal Bridges Library

Art & Collection Library

One of the most enjoyable aspects as Library Director at Crystal Bridges is learning about and sharing our amazing nineteenth-century color-plate book collection with guests. I often talk about the…

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Installing Nam June Paik's "John Cage Robot II"
Two people installing large 3D artwork

Installing Nam June Paik's "John Cage Robot II"

Art & Collection

Crystal Bridges preparator Trisha Parker has been part of the museum’s prep team since the museum was a set of empty galleries. She has helped to uncrate, move, and install…

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Books about Art & Nature
A color plate from Catesby's Hortus Europae Americanus: Collection of 85 Curious Trees and Shrubs

Books about Art & Nature

Art & Collection Library

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art welcomes all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Our unique mission…

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Art and Architecture: The Tulip Tree Shelter
The Tulip Tree Shelter

Art and Architecture: The Tulip Tree Shelter

Architecture
For those who frequent the trails and attend programs on the Museum’s grounds you may be familiar with the unique structure located on the Tulip Tree Trail about 300 yards…
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A Collection Well-Check
Conservator Gay Myers inspects an artwork in the gallery

A Collection Well-Check

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor
In July, Lance Mayer and Gay Myers, a pair of painting conservators, visited Crystal Bridges to conduct a thorough assessment of all of the works currently on view in the…
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Butterflies at Crystal Bridges
Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly

Butterflies at Crystal Bridges

Activities & Education At the Museum Nature & Outdoor
In July, Crystal Bridges hosted a “Discover the Grounds” talk about the butterflies that can be found here on our grounds, featuring myself and guest-presenter and ecologist, David Rupe. I…
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Andy Warhol’s 85th Birthday Anniversary
Andy Warhol, Hammer and Sickle

Andy Warhol’s 85th Birthday Anniversary

Art & Collection

This year marks what would have been Andy Warhol’s 85th birthday. Warhol, a leading figure of the Pop Art movement—and according to ARTNews magazine, one of the twenty-five most influential…

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