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Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

September 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.

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$10

Free for Members and youth ages 18 and younger

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Slide Stuart Davis, Little Giant Still Life, 1950,
oil on canvas, 33 x 43 in., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; The Jon Barton Payne Fund.
Stuart Davis, Blips and Ifs, 1963-1964, oil on canvas, 71 1/8 × 53 1/8 in. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth,
Texas; acquisition in memory of John de Menil, Trustee, Amon Carter Museum, 1961–1969.
© Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Stuart Davis, American Painting, 1932/1942-1954,
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.
Stuart Davis, Place Pasdeloup, 1928,
oil on canvas, 36 ¼ x 28 ¾ in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.170
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
Stuart Davis, Owh! in San Pao, 1951,
Oil on canvas, 52 3/16 × 42 in., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase
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, New York Mural, 1932
Oil on canvas, 84 x 48 in., Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; purchase, R. H. Norton Trust

Special Exhibition Drop-In Tour

Monday, 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.

Upcoming Events

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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.

Jazzy Cocktails

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.

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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

Winter Solstice
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.