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We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy

  • Dates: July 2, 2022 - January 2, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Address: 600 Museum Way
    Bentonville, AR 72712
  • Price: Admission to this exhibition is free.

In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a rare, original print of the US Constitution (one of only eleven known in the world) is going on view at Crystal Bridges in We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy. In this free exhibition, the document is displayed in conversation with works of art by influential historical and contemporary artists that provide diverse American perspectives on the nation’s founding principles.

Original prints of the Declaration of Independence, the proposed Bill of Rights, and the Articles of Confederation can be viewed along with several new acquisitions. Portraits of Native American leaders, including John Mathies’s depiction of Seneca leader Red Jacket, hang beside familiar paintings of revolutionary leaders such as Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull. Constitutional themes of equality, freedom, and justice are explored in twentieth-century works by Jacob Lawrence and Gordon Parks, among others, while living artists such as Roger Shimomura, Luis C. Garza, and Shelley Niro address past and present struggles for equality.

Opening July 2, we welcome all to witness history and consider our present moment through the power of art with this unique exhibition.

Admission to this exhibition is free.

We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy
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  • Admission to this exhibition is free.
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday