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2021 Fall Guide to the Momentary

autumn season at the momentary

Imagine this: it’s the middle of fall and the crisp air and shining sun create a lovely day to go for a walk. On your journey through downtown Bentonville, you find yourself wishing there was a place you could go to relax, take in some art, and maybe enjoy a coffee or cocktail as you process your thoughts or reset your mind. Now, open your eyes and behold: the Momentary! The Momentary is a living room for the community. You don’t need an excuse to come to the space, simply head on over and hang out! Find new inspiration or just unwind. Stay for three minutes or three hours. Explore or relax in the space however you wish – it’s your time.

Here, we’ve provided a list of what you can expect at the Momentary this fall season in visual, performing, and culinary arts, as well as some general updates. Check back here often, as we will continue to add content as it pops up for the fall season.

COVID-19 Visitation Policies: Per CDC’s updated guidelines, we are requiring all visitors ages 2 and up and staff to wear a face covering indoors and for outdoor programs. Masks will be available upon entry for those who do not have one.


Visual Arts

Two disco balls hanging from the ceiling and lit in a pink glow

The Galleries will have no art between October 26-November 19…

You are more than welcome to come visit us and participate in programs, grab a drink at Onyx Coffee Lab, hang out in the Arvest Bank Courtyard, borrow a book and chill on the Momentary Green, enjoy craft cocktails in the Tower Bar, or check out the Momentary Shop–but we want to be upfront and let you know that the Galleries will be empty between October 26 and November 19. This period of transition is helping us prepare for a new and exciting exhibition (read on!).

Wendy Red Star, Pendleton Suits, 2018
Wendy Red Star, Pendleton Suits, 2018, Pendleton fabric. Image courtesy of Monica Martínez and the University Art Gallery.

…but In Some Form or Fashion is coming November 20! 

In Some Form or Fashion is a new visual arts exhibition organized by the Momentary that explores the cultural implications of fashion and how identities are shaped by the garments we purchase, wear and dispose of. The exhibition will bring together the work of six artists: Pia Camil, Martine Gutierrez, Eric N. Mack, Troy Michie, Simphiwe Ndzube, and Wendy Red Star. It is free to view, opening on November 20, 2021 and on view through March 27, 2022.

Iván Navarro, This Land is Your Land, 2014, neon, wood, painted steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, mirror, one-way mirror, and electric energy, each 15ft. 9 in. × 105 1/8 in. × 105 1/8 in. Courtesy Templon, Paris – Brussels

Enjoy the Iván Navarro sculptures for one more season

Iván Navarro’s water tower sculptures, titled This Land is Your Land, will be leaving the Momentary in early 2022. Don’t miss your chance to look up once more and discover the neon messages inside each tower. Plus, they make for some pretty cool pics.

Learn more about this work in this article written by Associate Curator Kaitlin Garcia-Maestas.

Culinary Arts

colorful cocktails with the book they are from called Art Boozel

Enjoy Happy Hour at the Tower Bar

Now on the menu: enjoy special happy hour cocktails inspired by five famous modern and contemporary artists, straight from Jennifer Croll’s Art Boozel. Happy Hour is 5 to 7 pm, Tuesday-Thursday. Enjoy unique $10 cocktails and $2 off beer and wine.

P.S. You can grab a copy of the book in the Momentary Shop!

Grab a delicious fall drink at Onyx Coffee Lab

Onyx is in full fall swing with its seasonal menu. Stop by their location at the Momentary and pick up a Fall Latte (pumpkin, spices, espresso, milk, graham debris), a Well Met Latte (browned butter, caramel, sea salt, espresso, oat milk), or a Kombucha Cider (apple cider, kombucha, bubbly, orange peel). Or sit for a spell and try the S’mores Gibraltar, a drink with toasted marshmallow, graham cracker, dark chocolate, and espresso – yum!

FYI, we are closed on Thanksgiving

The Momentary will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25.

Beginning September 21-November 19, our hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day the Momentary is open.