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We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy

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Event Details

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.

We welcome all to witness history and consider our present moment through the power of art with this unique exhibition.

Timed Tickets: Admission to this exhibition is free, however due to its anticipated popularity, reservations for a timed ticket are required.

We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy is sponsored by Kenneth C. Griffin.


July 2 (Saturday) - January 2 (Monday)


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

600 Museum Way