Exquisite Creatures: New (awe-inspiring) Exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum

Crystal Bridges Exquisite Creatures
Christopher Marley, Lambent Prism, 2020, butterflies, beetles 40 in. x 40 in. © 2024 Christopher Marley | exquisitecreatures.org

WOW! A new exhibition is opening at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on March 16 and it is awe-inspiring. Exquisite Creatures is a three-dimensional exhibition that celebrates nature’s infinite variety.

Created by artist and naturalist Christopher Marley, the show features more than 400 individual objects of preserved plant, animal, and mineral specimens — including crystals, lizards, beetles, parrots, butterflies, crabs, and more — arranged in stunning geometric compositions, creating a mosaic of the natural world.

Guests will experience the connection between art, nature, and science, emotionally and aesthetically, throughout the exhibition. The museum will activate the show’s themes through nature and science-based programming and activities both inside the museum and outdoors across its trails and grounds.

Exquisite Creatures will be on view at Crystal Bridges from March 16 – July 29, 2024. See you there!

Christopher Marley, Deference, 2017, Ray-finned fish, Actinopterygii sp. 96 in. x 48 in. © 2024 Christopher Marley | exquisitecreatures.org