Crystal Bridges: The Collection

Jill M. Rohrbach
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I am so excited about Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art that I’ve decided to blog about it as often as possible until I can walk through its doors. If you don’t know much about it, here’s some of what you can look forward to.
 
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is a premier art museum opening on 11-11-11 in northwest Arkansas.
 
Its permanent collection of American visual art tells the unfolding story of the United States from the Colonial era to the present. According to the museum, several themes clearly resonate throughout these great American works. Those themes are “artists’ encounters with and responses to nature; strong women, both as subjects and makers of art; the ongoing dialogue between American artists and other world cultures; and the continuing role of the artist as innovator.”
 

Crystal Bridge’s collection has come from and continues to come from gifts of private collectors such as Alice Walton, and through the efforts of the museum’s professional staff. The permanent collection will be on view to the public year-round. In addition, we can look forward to a changing array of special exhibits that feature art from museums and collections throughout the region, nation, and abroad.

 
Some of the museum’s acquisitions include: Kindred Spirits by Asher B. Durand; George Washington by Charles Willson Peale; and Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell.
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