Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Peek at Crystal Bridges Museum

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas and it was spectacular!

While many know that Bentonville is an ever changing and dynamic city that houses several brilliant business-types, many do not know that recently, when it comes to art and architecture, the city is also a cut above most.

Enter Crystal Bridges Museum...

Designed by phenomenal architect, planner, educator, theorist and author, Moshe Safdie, the galleries, set up as a series of pavilions, are wrapped around a pond constructed by damming a small creek. The main galleries flank the water on the east and west sides and have concave roofs that sweep down toward the pond. The two glass-walled "bridges" span the pond and connect the spaces. 

Safdie drew inspiration from the late architect Faye Jones when it came to damming and bridging the creeks and adding water features.  Preservation of the natural surroundings was the driving force of his concept, while mimicking the movement of nature was the source of his design. 

Alongside this amazing architecture are a plethora of stunning and historic pieces of American art dating from the Colonial Era to more modern pieces.  

Some of the museum's most notable pieces include paintings by Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent, Susan Rothenberg, Edward Hopper, George Dombek, and Andy Warhol along with a rather well known portrait of George Washington by Charles Willson Peale (circa 1780-82). 

Here are merely a few of my personal favorites that I was able to see in person in little ol' northwest Arkansas...

Mary Cassatt, The Reader (1877)

Robert Henri, Jessica Penn in Black with White Plumes (1908)

 Max Weber, Three Nudes in a Forest (1910)

Jasper Johns, Alphabets (1960-62)

Roy Lichtenstein, Standing Explosion (Red) (1966)

Frederick Eversley, Big Red Lens (1985)

I could review this stunning museum in a series of posts and not even begin to touch upon the impact that it has already had - not only on myself - on many others around this state and the country.  I encourage anyone who is a fan of art and|or architecture to see for yourself why this is now one of my favorite places in Arkansas!



  1. Great blog, Meridith! It's one of my favorite places too.

  2. Thank you...I had a blast "researching" for this blog! ;) Will def go back soon!