At the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas

We have a special place in our hearts for Crystal Bridges. An amazing collection, a gorgeous building set in the water within a beautiful landscape. And if you can't get there in person, virtually explore with Smarthistory as your guide.

Some background

videos + essays

Link to the Crystal Bridges's website

Elsie Driggs, <em>Blast Furnaces</em>
Elsie Driggs, Blast Furnaces

Finding beauty in American industry

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, <em>Native Hosts (Arkansas)</em>
Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, Native Hosts (Arkansas)

Signs to guide historical understanding

Wooldridge, <em>Indians of Virginia</em>
Wooldridge, Indians of Virginia

Europe's earliest views of America

Bellows, <em>Return of the Useless</em>
Bellows, Return of the Useless

The New York based ashcan artist George Bellows tackles the horrors of the First World War

Maya Lin’s Silver Upper White River
Maya Lin’s Silver Upper White River

The river's brilliant reflections gave shape to this enormous sculpture of silver

A Harlem street scene by Jacob Lawrence, <em>Ambulance Call</em>
A Harlem street scene by Jacob Lawrence, Ambulance Call

Lawrence captures the vitality of Harlem and highlights the advancements in medical care for and by people of color.

James Turrell, <em>Skyspace, the way of color</em>
James Turrell, Skyspace, the way of color

A viewing station for sunrise and sunset, Turrell’s work manipulates light, time, and perception.

Carrie Mae Weems, <em>Untitled (Woman Feeding Bird)</em>, from <em>The Kitchen Table Series</em>
Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Woman Feeding Bird), from The Kitchen Table Series

Weems sets her series around the kitchen table, a metaphor for the intimate spaces of home.

Titus Kaphar, <em>The Cost of Removal</em>
Titus Kaphar, The Cost of Removal

Kaphar takes a violent history and renders it visible in this modified portrait of Andrew Jackson.

Ruth Asawa, <em>Untitled</em>
Ruth Asawa, Untitled

Taking cues from Mexican basket-weaving, Asawa creates diaphanous abstract forms from woven wire.