Fashion, art and architecture: Crystal Bridges announces 2022 exhibition season

From gritty fashion to futuristic home architecture, several exhibitions will debut at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2022, as the tourist hot spot continues to tap into the nation’s conscience.

“Every year we try to present new and exciting subject matter, and (2022) is no exception,” said Beth Bobbitt, the museum’s public relations director. “Visitors with an interest in the evolution of American fashion, music and art in Black southern culture and contemporary architecture, will not be disappointed.”

Unlike theme parks, an award-winning museum such as Crystal Bridges must remain relevant each season by offering new exhibits, programs or expansions.

“Crystal Bridges is a place for learning and engagement, respite, social connection and inspiration,” Bobbitt said. “Our collection is roughly 3,500 objects and it’s important to frequently change the artwork so we can showcase new and diverse works to tell a more complete story of the American spirit.”

“Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour” will be the museum’s first exhibit dedicated to fashion. It runs from Sept. 10, 2022, to Jan. 30, 2023.

It examines how American fashion accessories — the cowboy boot, the two-piece bathing suit, sneakers, denim jeans, the Zoot suit and flowing Hollywood gowns — became, and remain, powerful global visual cultural icons, as seen through movies, television and social media.