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We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy

Photographic black and white print where two outstretched arms clasp over a dark background. Above is a wampum belt and below is a border image of power lines, a river and groups of trees.
Exhibition
Modern Art Gallery

What does the US Constitution mean to you? The world’s longest-surviving written charter of government is much more than a piece of paper seen behind glass on a field trip. It is a living, breathing document that affects our lives every day.

 

Members are invited to get a first look at our new exhibition, We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy.

June 30, 5 – 8 PM
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July 1, 10 AM – 8 PM
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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.

Timed Tickets: Admission to this exhibition is free, however due to its anticipated popularity, reservations for a timed ticket are required.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to get a ticket?
Yes. We the People is a ticketed experience, set up via a queuing system. Tickets are required for entry as capacity is limited. The tickets are free. Visitors can view the exhibition by requesting a ticket at the front desk, online, or by calling Guest Services at (479) 657-2335. This is a self-guided experience. Day-of tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis by phone, online, or at the Guest Services desk in the main lobby.

What is the window of time for a ticket?
Please arrive at queue line for We the People at the time specified on your ticket. Please note that the time on a ticket indicates when you may enter the queue for the exhibition. Depending on the date and time, there might be a line at the entrance. 

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

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates, & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. | Johnny and Jeanie Morris, Bass Pro Shop | 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 | The Harrison and Rhonda French Family | Jim and Susan von Gremp | Shannon and Charles Holley | Valorie and Randy Lawson / Lawco Energy Group | 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