SEP 13 2014 – JAN 19 2015



The Journey

The ultimate road trip, to a thousand destinations, for one unforgettable exhibition. In 2013, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s curatorial team hit the road to investigate what’s happening in American art today. Over the course of a year, the team logged more than 100,000 miles, crisscrossing the United States to visit nearly 1,000 artists.

Traveling to communities large and small, the Museum sought to discover artists whose work has not yet been fully recognized on a national level. On their travels, museum curators conducted hundreds of hours of one-on-one conversations with artists in their studios.

The Exhibition

The result of this unprecedented journey is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that draws from every region of the US, offering an unusually diverse look at American art. State of the Art brings together the artwork of more than 100 artists, ranging from works on canvas and paper to photography and video to installation and performance art, and more. The exhibition examines the ways in which today’s artists are informed by the past, innovating with materials old and new, and engaging deeply with issues relevant to our times.

Complimentary admission; no tickets or reservations required.


Video Interviews with the Artists

Bios • Work • Process


State of the Art Tour
Learn more about some of the artists and artworks presented in State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. This tour w...
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 1:00 pm
Preschool Playdate » Lots & Lots!
Monthly Preschool Playdates feature performances, art projects, story time, and creative play based on themes from our art...
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 11:30 am


Superstorm Sandy and the Art of Nathalie Miebach


It was two years ago today that Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the US, causing massive destruction along the eastern seaboard and especially in New York and New Jersey. Instruments recording ocean and atmospheric data during Sandy registered a number of extremes:  the storm surge at Battery Park in New York topped 13.88 feet:


A Glimpse Inside the Summit at Crystal Bridges


“The ability of democratizing the arts… making it available to more people, and giving people a chance to develop their own talents, will be one of the most important strategies we can pursue to build a future we can all share and live with.”—President Bill Clinton   Since the opening of State of the Art


Exploring the Given Reality with Dave Greber


New Orleans artist Dave Greber creates mesmerizing, eye-boggling video works.  The two works presented in State of the Art illustrate the very different styles his practice encompasses, yet the two works—Sinew-en-ciel, an installation on the gallery wall, the other, Stilllives II: Vignette, projected on the floor—complement one another with their use of color and movement