Crystal Bridges opens two new exhibits Saturday, May 11: "American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life," which I wrote about here in April, and "American Experience: Genre Scenes on Paper from Crystal Bridges’ Permanent Collection."
The museum will also extend Saturday viewing hours for its exhibit "American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell" to 7:30 p.m. on May 11, 18 and 25.
The "Genre Painting and Everyday Life" features two paintings from the Louvre Museum by European painters who influenced American artists, an Eastman Johnson from the High Museum in Atlanta, a George Caleb Bingham from the Terra Foundation for American Art and a painting by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait from CBM's own collection.
"Genre Scenes on Paper" includes watercolors and drawings by William Anderson Coffin, Winslow Homer, John Lewis Krimmel, Luke Robins and Thomas Waterman Wood from CBM's collection.
Peter John Brownlee, associate curator for the Terra Foundation and curator of the "American Encounters" exhibition, will give a talk on the evolution of American genre painting at 3 p.m. May 19 at the museum.