Abstractions, still life, flowers, landscapes, structures, New York cityscapes, and New Mexican hills -- and the innumerable variations within those themes -- all combine to tell the multifaceted story of O'Keeffe's work in the context of 20th century American art.
On November 11, 2013, the second anniversary of the Museum's opening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.
In selecting artists for State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi and Curator for Special Projects, Chad Alligood, visited nearly 1,000 artists around the country.
Crystal Bridges Assistant Curator Chad Alligood and President Don Bacigalupi have recently wrapped up their epic adventure: meeting and talking with nearly 1,000 artists all across the United States in preparation for an unprecedented exhibition called State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.
As Chad and Don are beginning to wrap up their long months of studio visits, we've been talking with them to get a sense of the big picture in America...
Don Bacigalupi and Chad Alligood have been traveling around the United States for the better part of the past year, visiting artists in every region of the country in preparation for the exhibition. Chad stopped in the Museum offices this week long enough to answer a few questions.
Delita Martin's sharp relief prints bring together history, memory and imagination to create images of African-American women that serve as icons of strength and community.
Her large, richly detailed and colorful paintings begin with the anatomical structure of the human body, but manage to fold in the artist's love of the maps collected by her grandfather.
Cobi Moules's paintings of landscapes honor the traditions of the Great American Landscape as envisioned by the Hudson River School painters while at the same time recognizing some diminishment of those landscapes brought about by modern accessibility.
The experience becomes a meditation on compassion, human perception, and the long expanse of time.
On one particularly intriguing visit, we meet Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace, who have worked collaboratively since meeting at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle in the late 1970s.
In San Antonio, we visited the studio of artist Vincent Valdez. In his cinematic, photorealistic paintings, Valdez mines deeply personal imagery to tell stories with historical gravity and contemporary resonance.
400 artist studios in 40 cities. That's the current count of where Chad Alligood, Crystal Bridges' assistant curator for special projects, and I have traveled this summer and fall, crossing thousands of miles of this amazing country.
While some architects' designs for museums and buildings make the outside more famous than what's inside, Safdie's work is different: His architecture often takes a back seat to its surroundings and to its purpose, whether residential, or public space, or multipurpose.
Located in an area of the country where students had not previously had access to an art museum, Crystal Bridges provided an unprecedented opportunity for a controlled study on the effects of a one-time visit to an art museum on K-12 students.