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Your Summer 2020 Guide to the Momentary

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Summer 2020 is a season to reset with contemporary outdoor art, delicious bites, Instagram-worthy cocktails, patio bars, trendy merch, and bocce ball! Grab your quarantine squad (and your face covering) and head to the Momentary where you can find all this and more.

Here’s your summer 2020 guide to what you can experience at the Momentary:

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We’re getting rid of timed tickets

No need to worry about getting tickets in advance this summer – just come whenever you want! We’ll be here to welcome you when you arrive. 

Note! While we are not requiring timed tickets, your safety is still a priority for us and we will continue to have reduced capacity in our space, which our team will monitor as you enter and exit the building to ensure proper distancing is taking place.

Discover art everywhere you look

Please pardon our mess this summer while we deinstall State of the Art 2020 and get the galleries ready for Nick Cave: Until, opening on Saturday, September 12 (mark your calendar). We truly cannot wait UNTIL you experience it! 

Pro Tip: Catch artwork from State of the Art 2020 in the Lobby Gallery through August 16!

In the meantime, there are plenty of outdoor visual art projects around the Momentary for you to enjoy, such as:

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
This Land Is Your Land

Step beneath each of Iván Navarro’s three water towers and see what words and designs are found there, located in the North Courtyard.

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
The Momentary Flag Project

Christopher Myers’s amazing flag depicting Icarus Falling (also the flag’s title, duh) can be viewed on the site’s historic flag pole on E Street. Just take a lovely walk down to the edge of the parking lot (away from 8th St Market), turn right, and you’re there.

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
RRRolling Stones 2.0 by HANNAH

Did you know these concrete stones on the Arvest Bank Courtyard were constructed with 3D printed concrete? Feel free to sit on them but please don’t try to move them. Kthanksbye.

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The You Belong Here sign

Tavares Strachan’s sign has truly become an iconic Momentary location. Come back at sunset to watch it glow a brilliant neon pink and capture an unforgettable photo!

Social Connecting Murals (August 4-16)

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Earlier this summer, the Momentary and Crystal Bridges developed a social connecting campaign to bring messages of hope and joy to isolated groups affected by COVID-19. As part of this campaign, nine local artists were commissioned to create original artworks inspired by the word “TOGETHER.” Those artworks were designed on postcards and murals as part of a traveling exhibition that went to 22 sites around Northwest Arkansas. These murals will be on display on the Momentary Green August 4-16 for all to enjoy. They will then head to Crystal Bridges August 18-31.

Beer, Bites, and Bocce Ball

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New offering alert! What screams “summer” more than a beer garden and bocce ball? (at least for a landlocked state that doesn’t have beaches nearby…)

Starting on Friday, July 31, the Momentary will be offering Beer, Bites, and Bocce Ball on the Momentary Green, under the Canopy. Beer and light snacks such as chips and salsa, walking tacos, and more, will be available for purchase. You can enjoy the shade of the Canopy or spread out a blanket on the Momentary Green and soak up some sunshine with a cool, refreshing beverage.

We’ll also have two lanes of bocce ball! Ball sets will be available for rental per hour ($10/hour, $8/hour for Momentary members, first come first served) and will be sanitized thoroughly after each use. Don’t know the rules of bocce ball? Get a head start here.

Beer, Bites, and Bocce Ball will begin on Friday, July 31 and will be available during the following days / times:

  • Fridays: 4 to 11 pm
  • Saturdays: 11 am to 11 pm
  • Sundays: 11 am to 4 pm

Food, Drink, and Shopping Offerings

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Sit outside at the RØDE Bar… 

We know you love patio drinks. The RØDE Bar, located off the RØDE House with a walk-up outdoor window, now offers service every Wednesday-Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, 4 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Grab a glass of beer, wine, or select cocktails and snacks, and enjoy the summer weather on the open pavilion of the Arvest Bank Courtyard.

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…or head up to the Tower Bar!

Don’t want to sweat all over your cute outfit? Perhaps you like a more chic scene? Want to complement your craft cocktail with an unforgettable view? The Tower Bar is for you! Loosely inspired by 1960s airport lounges, the Tower Bar is a high-flying social space offering wine, beer, and Instagram-worthy craft cocktails in the evening, plus the best views in Bentonville. Come try some of those delectable drink recipes you’ve been seeing here on the blog

Public hours for the Tower Bar are as follows: 

  • Tuesday-Thursday: 5 to 10 pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 5 pm to 12 am
  • Sunday-Monday: Closed 

To maintain proper distancing, seating is limited in the Tower Bar to 40 guests. Service is offered tableside only, first come, first served. Upon arrival, head to the North Entrance of the Tower, and our host will add you to our queuing system, which will notify you via text message when we are ready for your party. Once you are alerted that your party is ready to be seated, head back to the elevator where an operator will help you queue. Parties are currently limited to 10 people.

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
Hit the Breakroom for lunch

Hungry for lunch? Come inside and get out of the high noon sun. The Breakroom is the perfect place to enjoy a healthy, yummy lunch and a cold beverage. It’s a fast-casual restaurant rooted in the idea of modular eating, highlighting the best moments of our region. It is aptly named as it was the location of the original breakroom in the cheese factory the Momentary now occupies!

The Breakroom is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm.

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
Get your caffeine fix at Onyx Coffee Lab

Same great coffee, great new location in a brilliant Millennial pink design! You can also sit outside on Onyx’s lovely patio (pictured left). There’s even an outdoor walk-up window for ordering and pick-up!

Onyx Coffee Lab is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
Check out the Momentary Shop

Stop by the Momentary Shop to purchase artist prints, Momentary merch, and other unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else!

New Summer Hours

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Pro Tip: Catch artwork from State of the Art 2020 in the Lobby Gallery through August 16!

Who doesn’t love summer hours? In order to best accommodate your experience this summer, we’ve adjusted our hours starting July 21. 

Note! The Tower Bar, RØDE Bar, and Momentary Green will remain open after hours on some evenings. It’s just the building that needs to go to bed early. Keep reading your guide to see all of our space’s hours.

Summer Lobby and Gallery Hours

  • Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm
  • Mon: Closed

And just as a reminder, we take safety seriously. We are fully aware that we are still in the midst of COVID-19 cases in the area, so we are taking extra precautions to help you enjoy your visit with peace of mind.

As a safety precaution and to comply with the state of Arkansas mandate, the Momentary requires visitors and staff to wear face coverings for ages 10 and older indoors and outdoors. This state order requires every person in Arkansas to wear a face covering of the mouth and nose in all indoor and outdoor environments where there is exposure to non-household members and social distancing cannot be assured. Accordingly, face coverings should be worn on the Momentary Green when close contact with non-household members could occur, including for programs and events, as well as at food and drink venues, except when eating and drinking. 

Masks are available upon entry and at outdoor events and venues for those who do not have one.

We can’t wait to see you this summer!