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The Summer 2021 Guide to the Momentary

Sun’s out, fun’s out at the Momentary! We are ready for a summer where we can actually have people exploring art in our galleries and around our grounds while enjoying culinary treats, craft cocktails, and interesting architecture. Use this guide to plan your summer 2021 trip to the Momentary:

Discover new exhibitions in the galleries

There’s still a few weeks left to see our first exhibitions of 2021 before we change it up. Sarah Cain: In Nature is on view through May 30. Derrick Adams: Sanctuary is on view through June 5, and Diana Al-Hadid: Ash in the Trade Winds is on view through June 13.

Say farewell, and get excited for the next three exhibitions coming this summer. All three are free to view!

Kenny Rivero, I Still Hoop, 2020, Oil on canvas stretched over panel, 8 x 8 inches (20.3 x 20.3 cm). Courtesy of the Artist and Charles Moffett, New York Photo Credit: Daniel Greer.

Kenny Rivero: The Floor Is Crooked

New York City-based painter Kenny Rivero presents The Floor Is Crooked, a solo exhibition of paintings that focuses on works made over the last 10 years. This exhibition is intended to be an investigation of Rivero’s artistic practice and a focused look at themes that have been present in his work for the last decade.

Opening June 22 in Gallery 1 and Room 122.

Cauleen Smith, Sojourner (video still), 2018 Digital video, color, sound 22:41 minutes. Edition of five and 2 Aps. Courtesy the Artist, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, and Kate Werble Gallery, New York.

Space Station: Radiant Behind the Sun

Interdisciplinary filmmaker Cauleen Smith immerses audiences in a world that draws from Afrofuturism, science fiction, and experimental cinema. Visitors will walk through a transformed gallery space―a “space station” with a 1970s aesthetic, new installations, drawings, banners, and immersive elements―while two of Smith’s films, Sojourner and Pilgrim, play on alternating loops.

Opening June 26 in the Lobby Gallery.

Garrett Bradley, America (film still), 2019. Multi-channel video installation; 35mm film transferred to video: black and white, sound, 23:55 minutes. Image and work courtesy the artist.

Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody

New Orleans-based artist and filmmaker Garrett Bradley works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to explore the social, economic, and racial politics of everyday life. Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody features a selection of three recent works by the artist—two single-channel videos and a multi-channel video installation—America (2019), AKA (2019), and Alone (2017).

Opening July 3 in Galleries 2 and 3.

See the newest Momentary flag by Jaime Carrejo

Using bold patterns and vivid colors, artist Jaime Carrejo invites us to [echa] pa’lante—meaning “go for it” or “onward,” formed by a conjunction of the words para and adelante. With this flag, Carrejo encourages us to engage in our own dialogue about place and identity, similar to conversations he’s had with family and friends about immigration and nationalism. On view on the Momentary flagpole on E St., May 24 to September 26.

Jaime Carrejo Flag
Jaime Carrejo, Pa’lante, 2021, digital printing on nylon.

Check out Abigail DeVille’s Light of Freedom

Have you seen Light of Freedom yet? Abigail DeVille’s newly commissioned public work is installed outdoors at the Momentary (accessed through the galleries). The project is a 13-foot-tall reference to the Statue of Liberty’s torch encased in scaffolding and filled with found objects. With this work, DeVille reflects the despair and exultation of this turbulent period of pandemic and protest.

Abigail DeVille, Light of Freedom, 2020.
Photo by Ironside Photography.

Enjoy patio vibes at Beer, Bites, and Bocce Ball 

Take advantage of the warmer weather and join us at the Arvest Bank Courtyard where you can grab a bite from the Momentary Food Truck, sip on a cool drink from the RØDE Bar, and even play a game of bocce ball. Open Thursday-Sunday, no reservations needed.

Participate in a performance: A Thousand Ways (Part Two)

A Thousand Ways is a three-part performance in which you are the actor and you are the audience. Your words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are the tools. You need no training. You are the expert.

Earlier this year, strangers connected remotely via a phone call in Part One. In Part Two: An Encounter, you and a stranger meet on opposite ends of a table, separated by a pane of glass. Using a script and a few simple objects, a simple exercise of working together becomes an invitation to expand how you imagine one another.

Don’t worry if you didn’t participate in Part One! Each part is a self-contained, complete artistic experience.

Reserve your spot and learn more here.

A Thousand Ways Part Two Illustrative Image
Illustrations by Cass Sachs-Michaels.
concert green
Photo by Ironside Photography.

Spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy free Friday concerts on the lawn

Looking for a low-key, entertaining Friday night out? The Momentary hosts free, Friday night concerts outside on the Momentary Green under the Canopy. Bring a picnic blanket, set your group up in a circle, kick back, and enjoy the music. Hungry or thirsty? Head over to the courtyard and grab food from the Momentary Food Truck and fun beverages from the RØDE Bar. 

Check our calendar for upcoming concerts!

sarah cain t shirt
Photo by Ironside Photography.

Buy Something for Yourself at the Momentary Shop

Did you catch our new arrivals during Member Double Discount Days? Stop by the Momentary Shop during your visit to browse our colorful collection of books, home decor, limited-edition art prints, and even a new t-shirt designed by artist Sarah Cain (pictured here). Buy something nice for yourself: you deserve it!

Cool off with an iced coffee at Onyx Coffee Lab

Come enjoy the millennial-pink aesthetic of the Momentary’s Onyx Coffee Lab location, and cool off with your favorite iced beverage! Whether you want to take a break indoors or enjoy the patio off Onyx’s lounge, there’s room to relax with coffee, tea, and friends at the Momentary.

Visit the Tower Bar for views, craft cocktails, and charcuterie boards

Catch those gorgeous summer sunsets up in the Tower Bar while you sip on a cocktail made by one of our expert bartenders. Better yet: indulge in our weekday special. On weekday evenings (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), the Tower Bar is offering a charcuterie board and full bottle of wine special for $45. Split it with a friend and save while enjoying soaring views of Bentonville.

Say hello to our new food truck neighbor: Snack Lab

That’s right: Snack Lab now has a food truck! Located between the Momentary Green and 8th Street Market, enjoy quick, nutritious bites on the go. You can expect delicious smoothies, snacks, grab-and-go, and custom bowls. 

Tues-Sat: 10 am to 8 pm
Sun: 10 am to 4 pm

Photo from Snack Lab's Instagram (@snacklabnwa)

See you at the Momentary!