Famed pieces to see in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s permanent collection are Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton and Charles Willson Peale’s George Washington.
Self-guided tours available at the museum take the visitor to the best-loved works and provide insights into the story behind the art.
A current but temporary exhibit running through Sept. 30 is Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century American Art, a mix of private and museum pieces that show the transition of artistic portrayal of girls, from the sentimental to the free-spirited individual.
The walls of the installation are painted the colors of girls’ bedrooms, the result of curators’ surveys before building the exhibit.
Surveying George Washington, another temporary exhibition, contains historical documents written by Washington himself and by contemporaries who knew him.
The collection is on loan from the Harlan Crow Library in Dallas.
The exhibition aims to provide insight into Washington’s life as a person, not just a historical figure.
Upcoming exhibits include This Land: Picturing a Changing America in the 1930s and 1940s, and The Artists’ Eye: Georgia O’Keefe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection.
This Land, opening Aug. 31, documents hardships of the depression era. Around 45 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs are accompanied by a musical audio tour featuring folk music of the period.
The O’Keefe and Stieglitz collection contains works of art by the two artists and pieces they collected. The exhibition opens Nov. 9. There are no fees associated with viewing the museum’s permanent collection or current and upcoming exhibitions, except for Angels & Tomboys.
That exhibit is $5 for adults, but free for museum members and visitors 18 and under.