Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced Friday the debut of “Crystal Bridges at 10,” an exhibit marking the institution’s 10-year anniversary. It will be on view beginning July 11 through Sept. 27, 2021.
“Crystal Bridges at 10” is an immersive exhibition with 10 distinct art experiences celebrating the collection and the community one decade into the museum’s lifetime. Primarily drawing from the museum’s collection, the exhibition includes hundreds of objects organized into artist installations, thematic galleries, and unexpected juxtapositions.
The Temporary Exhibition Gallery recently expanded to include an additional 2,200 square feet, now totaling 10,000 square feet of exhibition gallery space. “Crystal Bridges at 10” will be the first temporary exhibition to include the additional gallery space.
“It’s exciting to see our collection come to life in a whole new way with ‘Crystal Bridges at 10,’” said Rod Bigelow, executive director and chief diversity & inclusion officer. “Since the museum opened on 11/11/11, we have welcomed nearly 5.5 million visitors from around the world. This exhibition is one way to celebrate a decade of enriching arts experiences for students, families, and our community at large. The exhibition reflects the shared journey of our collection that will surprise and delight, while compelling us to further explore the vision for the next decade and beyond.”
Mindy Besaw, curator of American art and director of fellowships and research for the museum, said the local community played a big role in the exhibit.
“We relied on the help of partners at the University of Arkansas as well as Finding Northwest Arkansas and local community members to realize the exhibition,” she said. “Hanging alongside our collection are 24 self-portraits made by K-12 students and photographs of community champions.”
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