In the midst of this summer’s controversy over Fisk University‘s desire to sell a stake in their large collection of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings, which finally came to an end recently when a judge gave them the okay, though with provisions the school wasn’t thrilled with, the museum they were planning to sell to, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, somehow stayed largely out of the picture, other than it was founded by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton. Now the Bentonville, Arkansas museum is sure to start getting a bit more press of its own, and not just because they managed to get access to a whole lot of O’Keeffes. The museum has announced that its construction should be finished by sometime next year and will officially open on November 11th of 2011. Though they’ve currently been operating in a temporary space, split between showing off plans for their permanent home and a small exhibition gallery, the museum will become a “museum” next year, when they’ve moved into the Moshe Safdie-designed complex. If you’re itching to see what it’ll all look like, their site is chronicling the building process here.
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