Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville will get to display works of modernist American Art from the famed Alfred Stieglitz collection after years of court battles kept its purchase of the works on hold.
The museum owns a 50 percent stake in the collection with Fisk University in Tennessee. The state’s attorney general sued to keep the collection in the state.
Spokeswoman for Crystal Bridges, Diane Carroll, the museum will allow members of the public who would not otherwise have been able, to view the works.
“We’ve had more than 780,000 visitors, so we will be sharing these works with a wide cross section of visitors who have not previously had access to them,” she said.
The collection will be displayed at Crystal Bridges Nov. 9, 2013 - Feb. 3, 2014. Carroll says the collection provides important context to American art.
“It really showcases some American and modernist artists,” Carroll said. “Several of those artists have other works in our collection and this will really help inform and offer insight into those artist’s work.”
It will share time between the northwest Arkansas museum and Fisk as part of the ownership agreement.
Painter Georgia O’Keefe donated the collection to Fisk saying that it should never be sold.