May 26–September 10, 2017

State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now

Ingram Gallery

  • Jonathan Monaghan (b. 1986). Rainbow Narcosis, 2012. High-definition computer-animated video, Duration: 8 minutes, 46 seconds. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist and Curator’s Office, Washington, DC

  • Bob Trotman (b. 1947). Shaker, 2013. Wood, tempera, wax, motor, plywood, PVC pipe, and latex, 67 x 53 x 28 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina

  • John Douglas Powers (b. 1978). Ialu, 2011. Wood, steel, plastic, electric motor, and video projection, 57 x 80 x 108 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist

  • Jimmy Baker (b. 1980). Arrangement 1, 2013. Oil and UV ink on canvas over panel, 22 x 22 x 1 3/4 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist

  • Dave Greber (b. 1982). Stilllives II: Vignette, 2013. Video projection. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist

  • Nathalie Miebach (b. 1972). O Fortuna, Sandy Spins, 2013. Reed, wood, rope, bamboo, and weather data, 24 x 18 x 18 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist

  • Lenka Clayton (b. 1977). The Distance I Can Be From My Son (Park, Back Alley, Supermarket), 2013. Video. Duration: 3 minutes, 58 seconds. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist

  • Lauren Gallaspy (b. 1982). the parts they keep apart, 2013. Porcelain, glaze, underglaze, gouache, and varnish, 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 6 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist

  • Pam Longobardi (b. 1958). Ghosts of Consumption (for Piet M.), 2013. Found ocean plastic from Hawaii, Alaska, Greece, Costa Rica, Italy, and the Gulf of Mexico, 75 x 110 x 5 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: Edward C. Robinson III

  • Laurel Roth Hope (b. 1973). Biodiversity Suits for Urban Pigeons: Passenger Pigeon II, 2014. Yarn, polyurethane, pewter, glass, epoxy, and walnut stand, 12 x 5 1/2 x 12 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: Andy Hope

  • Peggy Nolan (b. 1944). Untitled (stickers), 2013. Chromogenic color print, 16 x 20 in. Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo: courtesy of the artist

A broad survey of art from across the United States, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now was organized in 2014 by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, Arkansas. The exhibition’s co-curators, Don Bacigalupi and Chad Alligood, strove to create a vivid overview of American art today. Crisscrossing the United States and visiting approximately a thousand artists, they considered factors of quality and originality, as well as what Bacigalupi called a “generosity of spirit”—an interest in developing a meaningful artistic conversation with the audience. The resulting exhibition is particularly rich in art that responds to place, conveys personal and familial experience, and communicates the artists’ concerns with issues of the environment, the economy, gender, race, and identity. The Frist Center presents a selection of works that were in the original exhibition, grouped thematically to demonstrate connections between artists and ideas across the country.

No single exhibition can provide a true sense of a nation’s art—the aesthetic variety is too vast for any cohesive context to emerge. Yet State of the Art begins the process of mining the abundant creativity that exists across the United States. As a national selfie, it is impressionistic and incomplete, but endlessly open to and brimming with possibility. The stories coming from cities, towns, and rural regions across America are our stories. They are compelling and deserve to be shared.

This exhibition was organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

 

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