State of the Art II

February 22 - May 24, 2020

Crystal Bridges begins the new decade with the opening of the Momentary, a new space for contemporary visual and performing arts, and the debut of State of the Art II at both locations. This new exhibition continues the journey launched in State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now (2014), for which Crystal Bridges curators traveled across America to discover artists working around the country. The resulting exhibition featured 102 artists, debuted at Crystal Bridges, traveled to five additional museums, and became the subject of a PBS documentary.

State of the Art II features a new curatorial team, bringing fresh perspectives. Lauren Haynes, curator, contemporary art at Crystal Bridges and curator of visual arts at the Momentary, is developing the exhibition along with Alejo Benedetti, assistant curator, contemporary art, and Allison Glenn, associate curator, contemporary art, both from Crystal Bridges.

Haynes, Benedetti, and Glenn visited contemporary artists around the country, determining a brand new selection of artists and artworks to feature at the two venues. Discover a collection of artists working around the country today, exploring a variety of themes.


Sponsored by Bank of America (Lead Sponsor) Bank of America, Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Christie's, The Coca-Cola Company , and the Crystal Bridges Art Now Fund. National tour sponsored by Bank of America.


State of the Art II Curators (left to right) Allison Glenn, Lauren Haynes, and Alejo Benedetti at the Momentary, courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.