Stuart Davis: In Full SwingSeptember 16, 2017 – January 1, 2018
“…a universe of jazzy patterns and blazing colors.” - The New York Times
Artist Stuart Davis captures the cool in this special exhibition of 80+ paintings & drawings that prove he’s an American original.
With a career that stretched from the early 1900s into the ‘60s, Davis is a leader in American modern art. Through his bold colors and dynamic forms, he merged the visuals of advertising with the rhythms of jazz.
oil on canvas, 33 x 43 in., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; The Jon Barton Payne Fund.
Texas; acquisition in memory of John de Menil, Trustee, Amon Carter Museum, 1961–1969.
© Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
oil on canvas, 40 x 50 ¼ in. Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; on extended loan from the University of
Nebraska at Omaha Collection 71.1974.
oil on canvas, 36 ¼ x 28 ¾ in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.170
Oil on canvas, 32 x 42 in., Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York; Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Oil on canvas, 52 3/16 × 42 in., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase
Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 42 1/8 in., Brooklyn Museum; bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
Oil on canvas, 84 x 48 in., Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; purchase, R. H. Norton Trust
Special Exhibition Drop-In TourMonday, Wednesday, Friday, 1 p.m.September 18 – December 29
Meet one of our knowledgeable guides in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery for a 45-minute guided tour of highlights fromStuart Davis: In Full Swing. The tour is free; exhibition ticket is required. Arrive five minutes prior to tour time.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
This unique combo of Modernism and American imagery—full of excitement for the times in which he lived--continues to influence art being made today. Don’t miss this special exhibition of colorful artworks that virtually hum with energy.
Stuart Davis's mid-century modern vibe of bold colors and jazzy patterns evokes the cocktail scene of the 1950s, which has inspired our local culinary community. Plan a visit and sip in style.
Swinging with Stuart Davis
Groove to the jazzy sounds of a Fender Rhodes Suitcase Piano, and then take your turn tickling the ivories!
Crystal Bridges is celebrating the holiday season with our temporary exhibition, Stuart Davis: In Full Swing. Inspired by mid-century piano jazz, Davis listened to music as he painted. Now, the museum is taking its Rhodes piano on the road, bringing Davis’ favorite style of tunes to you. Learn more here, and follow #CBStuartDavis on social media for future locations.
Lights of the Ozarks
December 1 | 5 - 7 pm | Fayetteville
Sips on the Bricks
December 2 | 5 – 8 pm | Rogers
Caroling on the Creek
December 15 | 5 – 8 pm | Springdale
December 21 | 3 – 5:30 pm | Fayetteville
Stuart Davis: In Full Swing is sponsered by:
James Dyke and Helen Porter
This exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, by curators Barbara Haskell and Harry Cooper with Sarah Humphreville. Support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Terra Foundation for American Art. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Sponsored at Crystal Bridges by James Dyke and Helen Porter.
Stuart Davis,The Mellow Pad, 1945–51, Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 42 1/8 in., Brooklyn Museum; bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
Stuart Davis, Landscape with Garage Lights, 1931–32, Oil on canvas, 32 x 42 in., Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York; Marion Stratton Gould Fund
All images ©Estate of Stuart Davis/Licensed by VAGA New York, NY.