Crystal Bridges at 10
July 10 - September 27, 2021
On November 11, 2011, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors for the first time. Over the course of a decade, the museum has greeted over five million visitors from around the world to enjoy world-class art, architecture, and nature. This year marks a decade since Crystal Bridges opened, and the museum is recognizing this milestone with a new exhibition celebrating its collection and community.
Crystal Bridges at 10 is an immersive exhibition with 10 distinct art experiences celebrating the museum’s collection and the local community one decade into the museum’s lifetime. Primarily drawing from the museum’s collection, the exhibition features 130+ artworks, presenting crowd favorites in new ways, showcasing works never before on view at the museum, and lifting up artist voices.
Step into Maxfield Parrish’s The Lantern Bearers with a life-size tableau vivant, or living picture. Discover a collection of works inspired by the four elements of air, earth, fire, and water, designed by artist Mark Dion. Enjoy a room of art curated from an artist’s point of view: Dyani White Hawk (Sičangu Lakota), whose work is part of the Crystal Bridges collection. Watch as Fayetteville-based artist Ziba Rajabi creates a new work of art before your eyes. Walk through the museum’s forest in the galleries as the Trails and Grounds team creates an immersive light and sound installation.
Through collaborations with local artists and experts, the Northwest Arkansas community is also represented in the exhibition. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, read the stories of some of Northwest Arkansas’s everyday heroes. Watch as the University of Arkansas takes a digital dive into Francis Guy’s Winter Scene in Brooklyn. See self-portraits made by local children framed on the wall next to self-portraits from the collection. Discover all of this and more.
In a spectacular celebration of art brought to life from voices both within and beyond the museum, Crystal Bridges at 10 revels in the museum’s first 10 years and sets the precedent for the decade to come.
Crystal Bridges at 10 is curated by Mindy Besaw, curator, American art and director of fellowships and research, and Lauren Haynes, director of artist initiatives and curator, contemporary art at Crystal Bridges and the Momentary.
Call for entries: Self-Portraits
Help us celebrate 10 years of Crystal Bridges by creating a self-portrait. Children grades K - 12 may submit a self-portrait to be shown online or even included in the museum’s upcoming exhibition!
Crystal Bridges: The First Decade is a part of the 10th Anniversary Exhibition Season at Crystal Bridges, supported in part by:
Chuck and Terri Erwin
Shelby and Frederick Gans
The Bogle Family
Rick and Beverly Chapman
Supported in part by:
Bob and Becky Alexander, Avis and Bill Bailey, Ramsay and Jaquita Ball, Juan, Marcy, and Joaquin Camacho, Gelmart International, Greg Thompson Fine Art, Jim and Susan von Gremp, Catherine and Stephan Roche, JT and Imelda Rose, Engel & Völkers, and Deborah Wright.
Maxfield Parrish (1870 - 1966), The Lantern Bearers, 1908, 40 × 32 in. (101.6 × 81.3 cm), Oil on canvas mounted on board, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2006.71