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The Momentary’s 2022 Summer Guide

Summer might just be our favorite season at the Momentary. Not only can we showcase today’s visual, performing, and culinary arts inside our cool galleries, but the summer weather gives us more chances to come outside and bring you live music, festivals, and good times across the grounds! Use this blog to plan your summer visit to the Momentary, and check back often for updates.


Hours: The Momentary is open Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. We closed on Mondays.


Get your live music fix with the Live on the Green series

Okay yeah, some of these concerts are happening in the fall, but still! Summer is the season to reserve those tix.


Run the Jewels (left) and Big Boi (right)
Run the Jewels & Big Boi

Saturday, July 16 | 8 pm (Doors open at 7 pm)

Run the Jewels (featuring rapper and producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike) and Grammy award-winning artist Big Boi (one-half of OutKast) take the stage at the Momentary as part of a weekend-long celebration of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s current exhibition The Dirty South. Must be age 18+ to attend. This show is standing room only.

Get tickets here.


Learn more about The Dirty South Weekend at Crystal Bridges.


Japanese Breakfast

Saturday, September 17 | 8 pm 

Dive into the technicolor sound of two-time Grammy-nominated indie-pop artists Japanese Breakfast. Don’t miss this unforgettable night as Michelle Zauner (author of the bestselling memoir Crying in H Mart), Peter Bradley, Craig Hendrix, and Deven Craige bring the sonic texture and energy of dreampop to the Coca-Cola Stage.

Get tickets here.


The War on Drugs
The War on Drugs

Thursday, September 22 | 8 pm (Gates open at 6:30 pm)

Dubbed “the best American ‘rock’ band of this decade” by The New Yorker, The War on Drugs is sure to deliver an electrifying evening of texturally rich, guitar-driven sounds live on the Momentary Green. It’s the perfect way to kick-start the FORMAT festival.

Get tickets here.


Lyle Lovett (left) and John Hiatt (right)
Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt

Saturday, October 8

Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Sharing the bill, master lyricist John Hiatt delivers songs filled with tales of redemption, relationships, and surrendering on his own terms.

Tickets coming soon; keep your eyes on this page.


Celebrate Pride Month


Join us for Big Gay Market’s Big Gay Moment

Thursday, June 30 | 5 to 10 pm

Our friends at Big Gay Market are hosting makers markets all over Northwest Arkansas this June, and we’re proud to be the fourth and final stop in Bentonville. Visitors can expect a variety of offerings from makers (from socks and pottery to flash tats, and more). Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Momentary Food Truck, the RØDE Bar, and special guest vendors.

Free; no tickets required.


Discover new art exhibitions


A sculpture of a cross-legged figure with plants and greenery around it sitting between red and tan beams and a boiler outside of the Momentary.
Esteban Cabeza de Baca, Host, 2022, bronze with living plants, courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.
Esteban Cabeza de Baca: Let Earth Breathe

Now open through September 25

In his solo exhibition Let Earth Breathe, Esteban Cabeza de Baca questions the linear, colonial narratives of traditional American landscape art with original works of painting, sculpture, and outdoor, site-specific installations conceived as collaborations with nature. Utilizing indoor and outdoor spaces at the Momentary, Cabeza de Baca explores our relationship with the environment, the present climate crisis, and our own national history.

This exhibition is free to view. Learn more here.


A painting of a black bear in a struggle with a white man on a snowy forest floor hangs in glass box with a taxidermy polar bear in front of the camera and reflecting off the glass.
Installation shot of Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, A Tight Fix—Bear Hunting, Early Winter [The Life of a Hunter: A Tight Fix], 1856, Oil on canvas. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2010.72 (wall mounted) with Nicholas Galanin, We Dreamt Deaf, 2015, Taxidermied polar bear, polar bear rug. Courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York (foreground and reflection) from the exhibition A Divided Landscape on view at the Momentary in Bentonville, Ark., May 14 - Sept. 25, 2022.
A Divided Landscape

Now open through September 25

In A Divided Landscape, seven contemporary artists respond to and confront historical and cultural narratives of the American West. Through paintings, drawings, sculpture, and mixed-media installations, this sweeping exhibition reclaims space throughout the Momentary galleries and outdoor campus. Themes encompass ideas of wilderness and indigeneity, interactions between humans and animals, and humans’ conquest of nature.

This exhibition is free to view. Learn more here.


Catch a film screening of Matthew Barney’s Redoubt

Visually stunning and emotionally cathartic, we invite you to join us for a showing of Redoubt alongside a visit to our new exhibition A Divided Landscape. Somewhere between a western and cinematic tone poem, Matthew Barney’s acclaimed film Redoubt has been called by the LA Times “as much an experience as a film.” Redoubt unfolds as a series of hunts in the wilderness of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. The characters communicate a mythological narrative through dance, letting movement replace language as they pursue each other and their prey.


Free, tickets required. Reserve your spot online or by calling Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.


a colorful room with abstract panels and mirrors

Rashawn Griffin: we no longer recognize the backs of our hands

Now open through September 25

After spending several weeks in residence at the Momentary in 2021, Kansas City-based artist Rashawn Griffin was inspired by the challenges and possibilities posed by the space’s unique architecture, prompting the question: “how can I paint this room without actually painting it?”

The end result is called we no longer recognize the backs of our hands, an immersive installation of panels and objects, including mirrors, wooden frames, and pictorial paintings, that form a bridge between painting and sculpture.

This installation is free to view in Room 122.


Chill out and reset with us

Our Sunday Reset events offer an opportunity for everyone to practice yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises surrounded by art and nature. Check out our lineup of upcoming Sunday Resets and click through the links to reserve your spot.


A crystal hangs from a rope inside an orange and black sculpture that frames an abstract painting in the background with browns, oranges, greens, blues, and yellows.
Esteban Cabeza de Baca: Let Earth Breathe
Sunday Reset | Practice in the Galleries

Sunday, July 10 | 10:30 to 11:30 am

Take a break from the summer heat with an art-focused wellness practice, immersed within the art of Esteban Cabeza de Baca: Let Earth Breathe, located in the Lobby Gallery.

Get tickets here.


Sunday Reset | Sound Bath with Cocoon Yoga Lab

Sunday, August 14 | 10:30 to 11:30 am

Using her crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, and more, Cocoon Yoga Lab founder Tammy Mores will create vibrations that permeate your senses for a sense of deep, abiding peace.

Get tickets here.


Fancy a drink? We’ve got all the vibes


two cocktails sit on the bar as a bartender pours another drink in the background
Crafted cocktails in the Tower Bar

Looking for a more sophisticated setting for cocktails? Level up (literally) and head to the Tower Bar. Happy hour is Tuesday-Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy $2 off beer and wine, and special happy-hour only $10 cocktails.

Evening Hours:

Tue—Thu 5—10 pm

Fri—Sat 5 pm—12 am

Sun—Mon Closed


Make it a patio party at the RØDE Bar

Want to stay outside and soak up the sun? Walk or bike to the Arvest Bank Courtyard and order a refreshing beverage from the RØDE Bar. The nearby Momentary Food Truck offers bites for a scrumptious snack, and if you need a caffeine fix, our Onyx Coffee Lab location is right on the other side of the You Belong Here sculpture with their own patio!


An aerial view of the Momentary and the Momentary Green featuring a canopy tent for performances and people listening to music.

Want more art, music, and drinks? Become a Momentary member.

Members are always in the know, having first knowledge and access to upcoming events, exhibitions, and special members-only experiences. Not to mention, members receive up to 20% off for most events. You’ll also enjoy daytime access to the Tower Bar and invitations to special members-only travel opportunities.

Sounds great? Join us! Check out our member-level options here and keep the good times rolling.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Live in America is sponsored by Sarah Simmons | Olivia Tyson | Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Catherine and Michael Mayton, Trustees 

Esteban Cabeza de Baca: Let Earth Breathe is sponsored by Tony Waller.

A Divided Landscape is sponsored by Deborah Wright.

Live on the Green Concert Series is sponsored by Breeze Airways, XNA, and Bike Rack Brewing Co. Presented on the Coca-Cola Stage.