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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

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 13, 2022.


While we transition our indoor galleries to get ready for In Some Form or Fashion, take a stroll around the Momentary campus and discover our outdoor artworks! Use this map to explore the grounds, snap a photo of (or with) one of the artworks, and share your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #MyMomentaryMoment by November 19. Three lucky winners will receive a $100 gift card, redeemable at the Momentary and Crystal Bridges.

Review full contest rules and learn more here.

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.

Performing Arts

Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet is coming to town

Saturday, November 13, 8 pm
Sunday, November 14, 3 pm

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini have teamed up with Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet for a wildly creative multimedia performance piece, A Thousand Thoughts, that blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with such prominent artists as Philip Glass, Tanya Tagaq, Steve Reich, Wu Man, and Terry Riley. As Green tells the multi-decade and continent-spanning story of the groundbreaking string quartet, Kronos revisits its extensive body of work, performing music by George Crumb, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and many others. Don’t miss this exciting event!

Learn more and get tickets here.

Culinary Arts

Martini glass with smoke

Get spooky at the Witches’ Brew Cocktail Party

Thursday, October 28 | 6 to 7:30 pm
Get tickets here

Join us for an evening of spooky sips in the RØDE House, where we’ve gathered some of the most wicked female bartenders around to teach us how to step up our seasonal cocktail game with inventive add-ins, batch recipes for entertaining, and a spirited surprise or two. Come learn from these master mixologists while enjoying the devilishly fun vibes of the season.

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.