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State of the Art

After an exhilarating national journey of artistic discovery, 100 under-recognized American artists were selected for one unforgettable exhibition. “State of the Art," a one-hour documentary, captures the personal stories of seven diverse artists from Crystal Bridges’ groundbreaking exhibit who are redefining the American aesthetic.

State of the Art

55m 17s

After an exhilarating national journey of artistic discovery, 100 under-recognized American artists were selected for one unforgettable exhibition. “State of the Art," a one-hour documentary, captures the personal stories of seven diverse artists from Crystal Bridges’ groundbreaking exhibit who are redefining the American aesthetic.

Episodes

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    State of the Art

    55m 17s

    After an exhilarating national journey of artistic discovery, 100 under-recognized American artists were selected for one unforgettable exhibition. “State of the Art," a one-hour documentary, captures the personal stories of seven diverse artists from Crystal Bridges’ groundbreaking exhibit who are redefining the American aesthetic.

Extras + Features

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    Preview

    30s

    Ride alongside art curators as they embark on a road trip to 1,000 destinations across America to investigate what's happening in art today.

  • Las Vegas Artist Justin Favela: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Las Vegas Artist Justin Favela

    1m 22s

    Las Vegas artist Justin Favela explains how his Mexican-American heritage influences his work. He discusses his Latinx identity and how he brings that to life to tell stories through his large scale piñatas. The piece highlighted in this segment is a lowrider, which he says represents Latinos perfectly because the car is an American symbol for progress.

  • Pittsburgh Artist Vanessa German: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Pittsburgh Artist Vanessa German

    4m 27s

    The curators travel to Pittsburgh and the Art House, home of artist Vanessa German. She presents her spoken word performance, “If My Hands Were Anything Other Than Hands.” She then takes the curators to her studio and explains her sculpting process – which involves reconfiguring dolls and wrapping them like mummies to create a solid figure – and the mindset that led to one of her sculptures.

  • A Nationwide Look at Contemporary Art: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Nationwide Look at Contemporary Art

    3m 31s

    In 2013, the curators at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Northwest Arkansas set out to create a diverse exhibition featuring artists from across the United States. For 10 months, they scoured the country with the goal of bringing contemporary art back to life and showcasing works of art that might otherwise go unseen.

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