Crystal Bridges Exhibition Reveals Curatorial Missteps

September 16, 2014 9:51 PM

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Crystal Bridges Exhibition Reveals Curatorial Missteps

Covering over 19,000 square feet of exhibition space, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas is an enormous undertaking that casts a wide net but misses the mark when it comes to the emergence of strong, definitive themes.

With 227 art works by 102 artists from most of the United States, there is a lot of ground to cover. The two-man curatorial team, President Don Bacigalupi and co-curator Chad Alligood, place an emphasis on traditional crafting and disciplines.

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