Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

What photographer Richard Misrach and musician/composer/sculptor Guillermo Gallindo have done is make visible and ‘voiced
Abstractions, still life, flowers, landscapes, structures, New York cityscapes, and New Mexican hills -- and the innumerable variations within those themes -- all combine to tell the multifaceted story of O'Keeffe's work in the context of 20th century American art.
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.
On November 11, 2013, the second anniversary of the Museum's opening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.
As an enormous undertaking to present a cross-section of artists from around the country, this institution will offer its interpretation of contemporary American art.
In selecting artists for State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi and Curator for Special Projects, Chad Alligood, visited nearly 1,000 artists around the country.
Ten thousand artists is a lot of people. Even with a small army of research assistants, it would have taken years for a two-man team to produce a list of that magnitude. But the idea of State of the Art is based on immediacy: works produced within the past three years or so.
Crystal Bridges Assistant Curator Chad Alligood and President Don Bacigalupi have recently wrapped up their epic adventure: meeting and talking with nearly 1,000 artists all across the United States in preparation for an unprecedented exhibition called State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.
So what is the general mood among the art communities across the country now, based on your experiences? As Chad and Don
Don Bacigalupi and Chad Alligood have been traveling around the United States for the better part of the past year, visiting artists in every region of the country in preparation for the exhibition. Chad stopped in the Museum offices this week long enough to answer a few questions.