Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way in Bentonville, has opened its newly designed Modern Art Galleries. The two enclosed spaces are situated on the north bridge and feature a variety of modern works from Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection as well as the Alfred Stieglitz Collection.

The Modern Art Galleries incorporate a range of artworks and perspectives. The galleries showcase paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper from the 1910s through the 1940s by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Jacob Lawrence, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Florine Stettheimer, Marsden Hartley, Paul Cadmus, Suzy Frelinghuysen and Alfred Stieglitz, and works on loan, including Native American artwork.

The works are presented in thematic groupings that explore major changes in American art during the period. The growth of industrialism and cultural changes led some artists to embrace the present. Other artists turned to the past in their work, finding inspiration in traditions or creating scenes from the nation’s rural history. These competing visions showcase the different ways artists sought to answer the question "What is American art?" during the period.

The Stieglitz Collection is co-owned by Crystal Bridges and Fisk University in Nashville. The pieces include objects and paintings collected by Georgia O’Keeffe’s late husband, Alfred Stieglitz, a photographer, gallery owner and champion of American modernists. Works from the Alfred Stieglitz Collection will be on view through December 2019.