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Crystal Bridges Announces Works by Female Artists

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Works by female artists – a mid-19th century portrait by Susan Catherine Moore Waters (1823 – 1900) and a life-size recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” in 20,763 spools of thread by contemporary artist Devorah Sperber – are the latest works of art announced by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Though strikingly different in materials, style, subject matter and execution, both works are the product of highly creative women working in unexpected arenas or applying unusual approaches. “Museums are about discovery,” said Chris Crosman, chief curator. “The Waters portrait has real presence, and was painted at a time when it was unusual for women to be working as professional artists. On the other hand, Sperber is playing with the notion of what’s considered women’s work – and putting herself in the company of Leonardo by recreating one of art history’s most iconic masterworks at exactly the