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In American Waters

Saturday, November 6, 2021 to Monday, January 31, 2022
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Crystal Bridges Museum
600 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712
Hours of Operation

Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 6pm

Monday: 11am to 6pm

Wednesday - Friday : 11am to 9pm

Tuesday: CLOSED

For over 200 years, artists have been inspired to capture the beauty, violence, poetry, and transformative power of the sea in American life. Oceans play a key role in American society no matter where we live, and still today, the sea continues to inspire painters to capture its mystery and power.

In American Waters is a new exhibition organized by Crystal Bridges and Peabody Essex Museum in which the marine painting is revealed to be so much more than ship portraits. Visitors will be transported across time and water on the wave of a diverse range of modern and historical artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Amy Sherald, Kay WalkingStick, Norman Rockwell, Hale Woodruff, Paul Cadmus, Thomas Hart Benton, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, Valerie Hegarty, Stuart Davis, and many more. In this exhibition, visitors will also discover the sea as an expansive way to reflect on American culture and environment, learn how coastal and maritime symbols moved inland across the United States, and question what it means to be “in American waters.” 

In American Waters is co-created by Austen Bailly, chief curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Daniel Finamore, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. The exhibition will debut at Peabody Essex Museum on May 29, 2021 and is accompanied by a major multi-author illustrated publication published by Crystal Bridges and the University of Arkansas Press.

Internal / External Image
William Trost Richards, Along the Shore, 1903, Oil on canvas, 39 3/16 × 78 1/2 in., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2009.1., Photography by Steven Watson.