A Southern Art Treasure Hated by the Elite
heard the learned astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were
ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams,
to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer
where he lectured with much applause in the lecture room, How
soon unaccountable I became tired and sick, Till rising and gliding
out I wander’d off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air,
and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
~ Walt Whitman,
I Heard the Learned Astronomer
My wife and
I recently took a trip to northwest Arkansas to visit relatives.
While there, we went to the Crystal Bridges art museum in Bentonville.
Focusing its collection on American artists – from the colonial
period to the present – this museum is the creation of Alice Walton,
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