Crystal Bridges, Arkansas

in collaboration with Christie's Education

View of dining bridge at dusk; photography by Dero Sanford. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

October 2019

Contemporary Art and Architecture Tour: Founded by philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton and the Walton Family Foundation, Crystal Bridges houses one of the most lauded collections of American Art in the United States. The building was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and while its permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks, our trip will focus on its outstanding contemporary holdings.

Travelling with Matthew Nichols, Specialist in modern and contemporary American Art, Christie’s Education, New York

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Matthew Nichols
Specialist in modern and contemporary American art,
Christie’s Education, New York

Matthew Nichols gained his B.A. at Vassar College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He is a specialist in modern and contemporary American art.

Matthew has taught numerous art history courses at Rutgers, Pace University, and The New School, where he was an adjunct assistant professor for ten years. Since 2008 he was thrice appointed visiting critic in residence for the MFA program at Montclair State University. His writing has frequently appeared in Art in America and numerous exhibition catalogs.

Upon joining Christie’s Education in 2004, Matthew taught the Historiography and Methods of Art History seminar and launched the Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art. Since 2014 he has taught the Connoisseurship seminar, overseen the growth and use of the study collection, and driven the program’s commitment to object-based learning.

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1940s to Now gallery; photography by Marc F. Henning. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

View from east into reflection area; photography by Dero Sanford. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

“You have been unendingly friendly, patient and helpful! You have been so incredibly helpful all along”

Dame Jenny Gibbs, Art Collector and Patron, New Zealand

View from gallery bridge to north lawn with Lowell’s Ocean, steel sculpture by Mark di Suvero; photography by Timonthy Hursley. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

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