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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:

COVID-19 Visitation Policies *As of August 3, 2021*: Per CDC’s updated guidelines and effective Tuesday, August 3, 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.

Discover new exhibitions in the galleries

Get excited for three exhibitions this summer. All three are free to view!

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.

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.

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, banners, and immersive elements―while two of Smith’s films, Sojourner and Pilgrim, play on alternating loops.

Opening July 20 in the Lobby Gallery.

Enjoy free live music outdoors twice a week

Spread out a picnic blanket and enjoy the Live on the Green Concert Series…

Looking for a low-key, entertaining Friday night out? The Momentary hosts free concerts outside on the Momentary Green under the Canopy. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair, kick back, and enjoy the music. Hungry or thirsty? Head over to the Arvest Bank Courtyard and grab food from the Momentary Food Truck and fun beverages from the RØDE Bar.

Check here for upcoming concerts!

concert green
Photo by Ironside Photography.
Courtyard Side View
…Or stop by Courtyard Sessions on Sunday afternoons

We know the best way to hear music is to hear it live. Come chill with us at the Arvest Bank Courtyard every Sunday afternoon this summer and discover your new favorite jams in this free outdoor music series. From funk and soul breaks to immaculate LatinX harmonies, the best up-and-coming femme DJs to road-tested troubadours, every week will have you diving deeper (and maybe ordering a round for) the rising stars all around us.

Check here for upcoming Courtyard Sessions.

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 October 10.

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.

Treat your taste buds at Food Truck Rodeo

Swing by the Momentary Green the last Sunday of every month this summer and enjoy local food truck favorites! From the sweet, crispy creations of Beavertails to smoky-savory Takashimura Hibachi, we’re bringing the flavors of Northwest Arkansas straight to you. Whether you’re craving a light snack as you explore the Momentary or a full-on picnic on the Green, we’ve got you covered.

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!