The Momentary champions contemporary art’s role in everyday life. This new contemporary arts venue is under development in Bentonville, Arkansas as a satellite of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Uniquely positioned in the heart of the US and connected to the world, the Momentary welcomes all.
In 2015, Crystal Bridges announced plans to transform a decommissioned 63,000 square-foot Kraft Foods plant into a multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences, festivals, and artist residencies.
Wheeler Kearns Architects, based in Chicago, was selected for this adaptive reuse project, with a commitment to maintain the building’s industrial integrity while creating maximum flexibility and use. Work is now underway, with an expected opening in early 2020.
While Crystal Bridges provides a deep historical art context within a museum setting, the Momentary will have a more experimental feel, encouraging visitors to participate in ongoing conversations about art and to get closer to the creative process of artists, performers, and chefs.
We are creating adaptable spaces for artists and visitors, including galleries, studio spaces, a concert venue, small black box theater, festival stage, studio kitchen, café, bar, and flexible indoor and outdoor community gathering areas.
The Momentary is located in downtown Bentonville, near 8th Street Market and Brightwater culinary school. Newly opened trails connect it to the Razorback Regional Greenway, providing access for pedestrians and cyclists.
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