If George Washington could be having a conversation with a modern young black man in a sweatshirt, he’d be having it at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

Inviting diverse artists and their works into the conversation is one of the central ideas behind a major overhaul of several gallery spaces at Crystal Bridges, the first re-imagining of the permanent collection galleries since the opening of the museum in 2011.

The Early American Art Galleries closed in January in anticipation of these changes, but the redesign of the gallery space has been in the works for about two years. The Early American Gallery opens to the public today (March 16).


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