Crystal Bridges: The Art of American Dance

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is debuting a new exhibition, The Art of American Dance, on display Oct. 22, 2016 through Jan. 16, 2017. Don’t miss it!


Arthur Bowen Davies, Dances, 1914-1915, oil on canvas, 87 x 14.5 x 1.25 in.

The Art of American Dance is the world-class Crystal Bridges’ first major traveling exhibition to explore American visual art related to the many forms of dance. This amazing exhibition features 90 works, ranging from realistic to abstract, by iconic and wide-ranging artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase, Nick Cave and Faith Ringgold.

The Art of American Dance examines dance-inspired paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs from the 1830s to the recent past – from dance in Native American cultures to ballroom dancing, from Jitterbug to swing, modern dance and others. The exhibition explores the variety of ways Americans embrace dance as part of everyday life, as well as the diverse forms of professional dance, including burlesque, flamenco and classical ballet.

Artists did not merely represent dance; they were inspired by dance to think about how Americans move through space, share culture, and express themselves through movement. Visitors can also examine the American history of race, gender, ethnicity and class through the lenses of dance and the visual arts.

For more information about The Art of American Dance, visit

[Artwork shown in e-newsletter intro: John Singer Sargent, Capri Girl on a Rooftop, 1878, oil on canvas, 20 x 25 in.]





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