April 7, 2014

A Visit To Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art

Last Thursday, I traveled to Bentonville, Arkansas for a business meeting and while I was there, I made a special point of visiting the amazing Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Crystal Bridges is the brainchild of Alice Walton, daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of retail giant Walmart, and his wife Helen.  Alice is a long-time art lover and collector and she envisioned building a significant art museum in her hometown of Bentonville, so the people of the area could enjoy great works of art.  Prior to its construction, the finest museums were hundreds of miles away.  Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, this magnificent structure took five years to build and during that time, Alice and esteemed art histoian John Wilmerding, collected fabulous works of art to fill the space.  If you ever find yourself in the Ozark Mountains, you should definitely see Crystal Bridges!