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In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a rare, original print of the US Constitution (one of only eleven known in the world) is going on view at Crystal Bridges in We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy. In this free exhibition, the document is displayed in conversation with works of art by influential historical and contemporary artists that provide diverse American perspectives on the nation’s founding principles.
Original prints of the Declaration of Independence, the proposed Bill of Rights, and the Articles of Confederation can be viewed along with several new acquisitions. Portraits of Native American leaders, including John Mathies’s depiction of Seneca leader Red Jacket, hang beside familiar paintings of revolutionary leaders such as Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull. Constitutional themes of equality, freedom, and justice are explored in twentieth-century works by Jacob Lawrence and Gordon Parks, among others, while living artists such as Roger Shimomura, Luis C. Garza, and Shelley Niro address past and present struggles for equality.
Opening July 2, we welcome all to witness history and consider our present moment through the power of art with this unique exhibition.
Admission to this exhibition is free.
We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy is sponsored by Kenneth C. Griffin.
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The exhibition will be located in the Modern Art Gallery. Admission to Crystal Bridges’ collection galleries is always free.
Go deeper: Take a virtual tour, test your constitutional trivia, access classroom resources and more with this We the People digital experience.
What does the Constitution mean to you? On September 16 and 17, we invite you to join artists, scholars, and civic organizations for a weekend commemorating the enduring impact of our nation’s founding documents with artmaking, conversation, performances, and more.
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In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Crystal Bridges is excited to announce the acquisition of Citizen Dress by New Jersey-based artist Maria de Los Angeles, previously featured in our 2022 exhibition We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy.
Two conservation experts on handling a founding document and how you can preserve your family’s history.
Roger Shimomura’s work focuses on American sociologist and professor Gordon Hirabayashi’s civil disobedience in the face of unjust laws.
What’s up with the strange “S” on the Constitution? And why don’t we use it anymore?
Can I re-enter on the same day?
Yes, but if there is a line to enter the exhibition, you will have to return to the end of the line.
Is it accessible?
Yes, the exhibition is wheelchair accessible.
Learning and engagement programming for We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy is sponsored by
Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr. Foundation | Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates, & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. | Johnny and Jeanie Morris, Bass Pro Shops | Alturas Foundation | Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens Inc. | Sotheby’s | Bob and Becky Alexander | Marybeth and Micky Mayfield | Lamar and Shari Steiger | Jeff and Sarah Teague / Citizens Bank | Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities | Avis and Bill Bailey | Scarlett and Neff Basore | June Carter Family | Terri and Chuck Erwin | Jackye and Curtis Finch | The Harrison and Rhonda French Family | Jim and Susan von Gremp | Laurice Hachem | Shannon and Charles Holley | Valorie and Randy Lawson / Lawco Energy Group | Donna and Mack McLarty | Steve and Susan Nelson | Neal and Gina Pendergraft | Helen Porter | JT and Imelda Rose | Lee and Linda Scott | Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Catherine and Michael Mayton, Trustees | William Reese Company