Herron School of Art and Design announces DeHaan Lecture with Crystal Bridges Museum's Chad Alligood

  • March 30, 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Ark., set the art world on its ear with its "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now" exhibition, which included works by 102 mostly unknown artists from across the country. Publications from Esquire to The New York Times were enthralled by the show -- the museum's largest exhibition to date -- and its curator, Chad Alligood.

Alligood, who has been with Crystal Bridges since 2013, will give the 2016 Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Basile Auditorium of the Herron School of Art and Design, 735 W. New York St. on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. He will present details about the "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now" exhibit, currently appearing at both the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Ga. The exhibition is traveling to other venues around the country after closing at Crystal Bridges in January 2015.

Alligood and the museum's former president, Don Bacigalupi, logged thousands of miles and close to 1,000 studio visits to gather the works. The 175,000 visitors to the Crystal Bridges exhibition broke attendance records, and the exhibition garnered the 2015 Excellence in Exhibition Award from the American Alliance of Museums.

A Perry, Ga., native, Alligood earned his bachelor's degree in history of art and architecture from Harvard University, received his master's degree in art history at the University of Georgia, and completed his doctoral coursework at City University of New York. He served as adjunct professor of art history at Brooklyn College from 2010 to 2012. Alligood received the Kress Foundation Fellowship at the Smith College Institute for Art Museum Studies. Prior to coming to Crystal Bridges, he served as the Graham Collections Fellow at the Cranbrook Art Museum.

Alligood's appearance at Herron is supported through an endowment provided by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. Established in 2006, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Visiting Artist Lecture brings international artists, designers and scholars to Herron. Previous lecturers in this series have included Julian Opie, Karl Wirsum, Mary Jane Jacob, Andrew Blauvelt, Wayne White and Frances Whitehead.

Chad Alligood

Chad Alligood

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"State of the Art" exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum, courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; photo by Dero Sanford.

"State of the Art" exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum, courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; photo by Dero Sanford.

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