Introduction: State of the Art (03:28)
At the Crystal Bridge Museum of American Art, curators plan their diverse exhibition using scale models. Art is celebrated across America and not just large urban centers. Don Bacigalupi and Chad Alligood travel to meet with 1000 contemporary artists. (Credits)
Peter Oakley: Sculptor (07:28)
Bacigalupi discusses how he and Alligood rarely visited major urban centers. The resident of Banner Elk, North Carolina describes why Styrofoam takeout boxes fascinated him. Sonia gets trapped in the rapids.
Susie Lee: Video (06:34)
The resident from Seattle, Washington discusses how her home state received an economic boom during the 2008 recession due to the fracking industry. The artist created video portraits of those who worked in the industry.
Carl Joe Williams: Mixed Media Artist (05:41)
Bacigalupi explains how seeing artists in their studios helps to understand current trends in contemporary art. The resident from New Orleans uses the city as an inspiration for his artwork. There is a certain level of anxiety for African Americans who create.
Linda Lopez: Sculptor (05:39)
Bacigalupi realizes that the curators were running out of time to see the artists. The resident of Fayetteville arranges her sculptures for an exhibition. Lopez discusses her lack of understanding of her cultural heritage.
Teri Greeves: Bead Artisan (07:16)
The artist and craftsman of Santa Fe feeds her goats extra food. Greeves creates embroidered pieces inspired by her mother's trading post and her Navajo upbringing. The shoes created for "The State of the Art" exhibition legitimizes her artwork.
Justin Favela: Pinatas (04:43)
The artist describes how he hated piñatas growing up. His work exploits his identity as a Mexican American.
Vanessa German: Sculptor (09:23)
The artist incorporates weapons into her power figures alluding to the violence of Pittsburgh. See footage of the spoken word performance "If My Hands Were Anything Other than Hands." Her house serves as a community center for children to create art.
Assembling the Exhibit (04:30)
Artists prepare for the opening and discuss the importance of the exhibit. Alligood welcomes visitors. Crystal Bridges Museum is now traveling to find participants in their second "State of the Art," opening in 2020.
Credits: State of the Art (00:32)
Credits: State of the Art
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