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Crystal Bridges Debuts iTunes U Site

Now enthusiasts of art, architecture, and American history can enjoy the great programming offered at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art right from a computer, iPad or iPhone. This week, Crystal Bridges launched its new iTunes U site, containing dozens of audio and video offerings, including lectures by artists and art historians, interviews with curators and other staff members, and video recordings of many gallery talks, all for free.

The newly launched site includes behind-the scenes highlights such as video interviews with conservators as they perform cleaning and maintenance procedures on some of the masterworks in Crystal Bridges’ collection; footage of a special members-only presentation by Crystal Bridges’ founder and board chair Alice Walton and architect Moshe Safdie for the museum’s grand opening; and time-lapse video of the installation of several large-scale works in the museum’s galleries and on the grounds.

New content will be added often, so participants are encouraged to subscribe to receive the latest content updates.

The new site complements the Crystal Bridges’ audio tour app, which guides participants through permanent collection highlights, temporary exhibitions, and the museum’s unique architecture. Each of the stops on the tour includes a high-resolution image, full label copy, and audio or video clips featuring curators, preparators, or conservators. This award-winning app has been downloaded in more than 63 countries, by more than 57,000 Crystal Bridges enthusiasts. Access the app for iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone here.

About Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.

Opened to the public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by philanthropist Alice Walton, who chairs the Museum’s board of directors. The Museum takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building design by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds and a Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. Included within the collection are iconic images such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton, each reflecting a distinct moment in American artistic evolution. In addition to historical works, the Museum’s collection also showcases major works by modern and contemporary American artists, including Roy Lichtenstein, James Turrell, and Georgia O’Keeffe, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to experience the full scope of American art.

Crystal Bridges will continue to grow its collection through the efforts of its professional staff as well as through important gifts from private collectors. The permanent collection, which is on view year-round, is further enhanced by an array of ongoing temporary exhibitions.

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