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Crafting America

Crafting America, a new exhibition developed by Crystal Bridges, celebrates the skill and individuality of craft within the broad context of American art. From jewelry to furniture to sculptures and even a custom electric guitar designed for Prince, this exhibition is dazzling and full of surprises.

Saturday, February 6, 2021 to Friday, May 7, 2021
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Location
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
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

The exhibition features over 100 works in ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and more unexpected materials, Crafting America presents a diverse and inclusive story of American craft from the 1940s to today, highlighting the work of artists such as Ruth Asawa, Peter Voulkos, Jeffrey Gibson, Sonya Clark, and more. Craft has long been a realm accessible to the broadest range of individuals, providing an opportunity to explore personal creativity, innovation, and technical skill. This exhibition foregrounds varied backgrounds and perspectives in craft, from the vital contributions of Indigenous artists to the new skills and points of view brought by immigrants to the United States. 
 
Developed by Jen Padgett, associate curator at Crystal Bridges, and Glenn Adamson, guest curator and scholar of craft, design history, and contemporary art, Crafting America asserts craft’s integral role in expanding the story of American art. The exhibition is accompanied by a major multi-author illustrated publication published by Crystal Bridges and the University of Arkansas Press.



Internal Image
Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.028, Hanging Four-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form), ca. 1958., Iron wire, 86 1/2 in. × 32 in. × 32 in.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. © Estate of Ruth Asawa.



External Image
Kathy Butterly, Super Bloom, 2019., Clay, glaze, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 10 in., © Kathy Butterly 2019. 
Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York. Photo by Alan Wiener.