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The Momentary Offers Exhibitions, Music, and Artist-Led Programs in March

The Momentary will have a full slate of offerings in March including music, performances,  and artist-led State of the Art 2020 programs.

State of the Art 2020 is on view at both the Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art now through May 24, 2020. The exhibition features the work of 61 artists working around the country today. It is free for all at both locations, and this month, several artists from the show will be leading workshops and events:

  • Chicago-based artist Edra Soto will be conducting two drop-in workshops (Sunday, March 1, 1 p.m. at Crystal Bridges and Monday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. at Northwest Arkansas Community College) to decorate bottles with cast materials. Finished artworks may be used in Soto’s work. Both events are free to attend, no registration required.
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas-based artist Anthony Sonnenberg will be leading an Adult Workshop on Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m. in which guests will create a wearable ceramic work of art. He will also be conducting a free gallery talk at the Momentary on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m.
  • Houston-based artist JooYoung Choi will be conducting several family-friendly art workshops at the end of March, including a gallery talk (Friday, March 27 at 1 p.m.), a family workshop where visitors will create puppets and film their creations in front of a green screen (Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m.), and a drop-in artmaking event at the Springdale Public Library on Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. All events are free to attend.

Programs at the Momentary
Interactive sound installation Gardens Speak by artist Tania El Khoury will be performed at the Momentary February 29-March 8. The installation contains the oral histories of 10 ordinary people who were buried in Syrian gardens during the early periods of the uprising. Gardens Speak will be performed every 90 minutes from 12 to 7 p.m.

Colorado-based artist/dancer Jaimie Henthorn will be premiering a new, site-specific, multi-day performance duet with Nile H. Russell called A New Between, March 27-29. The performance will take place along the 1.5-mile trail between the Momentary and Crystal Bridges, beginning at the Momentary and ending at Crystal Bridges. The performance will interrogate the architecture of the two buildings as well as the path in-between.

Music at the Momentary:

  • Mexican singer-songwriter and Grammy-award winner Lila Downs will be performing for one night only on Tuesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. Downs’s exquisite artistry combines genres and rhythms as diverse as Mexican rancheras and corridos, boleros, jazz, hip-hop, cumbia, and American pop.
  • Scottish composer Anna Meredith and her band will perform a live show on Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. Her live show has been called “sheer exhilaration” (The New York Times), straddling the worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica, and experimental rock.
  • Legendary icon and Stax Records visionary, Al Bell brings classic soul music live through Al Bell Presents: A Soul Music Experience on Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m., featuring Evvie McKinney, an exclusive Motown Gospel/Capitol CMG recording artist and winner of Fox’s The Four, and members of the world-famous Hi Rhythm Section under the musical direction of Grammy award-winning “Boo” Mitchell (“Uptown Funk”).
  • International jazz band Shabaka and the Ancestors will be performing a show on Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m. It will be a blend of sax salutations, township jazz grooves, Caribbean rhythms, and spacey music.
  • In Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss on Sunday, March 29 (7 p.m.), Kim Gordon and collaborators Bill Nace, Steve Gunn, and John Truscinski perform a partially improvised continual soundtrack for Andy Warhol’s hour-long film Kiss (1963-64) that captures close-ups of 14 couples kissing.

For inquiries about accessibility at the Momentary, please contact 479.657.2415.

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Momentary Programs

Gardens Speak: Tania El Khoury
Saturday, February 29 through Sunday, March 8, 12-7pm, Daily (closed Mondays), starting every 90 minutes
Tell Me What I Can Do: Tania El Khoury
Saturday, February 29 through Sunday, March 8, 12-7pm, Daily (closed Mondays)

Vinal: Ivy Barney
Tuesday, March 3, 8 pm

Member Moment: Chef’s Chat
Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 to 7 pm

Ellipses Film Series: Ramell Ross, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Thursday, March 5, 7 pm

Lila Downs
Tuesday, March 10, 8 pm

State of the Art 2020: Reflecting Communities
Thursday, March 12, 7 pm

Gallery Conversation: Anthony Sonnenberg
Saturday, March 14, 1 pm

Anna Meredith
Saturday, March 14, 8 pm

INVERSE Lab: Esther Neff and Kaia Gilje
Tuesday, March 17, 7 pm

Al Bell Presents: A Soul Music Experience
Saturday, March 21, 8 pm

A New Between, Jaimie Henthorn
Friday, March 27, 6 pm
Saturday, March 28, 8 am
Sunday, March 29, 2 pm

Shabaka and the Ancestors
Friday, March 27, 8 pm

Sound for Andy Warhol’s Kiss
Sunday, March 29, 7 pm

For a complete list of current Momentary visual, performing, and culinary arts programs, visit here. For news updates, follow the Momentary on the News page, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

State of the Art 2020 is sponsored by Bank of America (Lead Sponsor), Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Christie’s, The Coca-Cola Company, Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Trott Family Foundation, Alturas Foundation, Bracken Darrell, and Fred and Shelby Gans. National tour sponsored by Bank of America.

Artwork featured: (left) Nicholas Lobo, Silhouette of a Friend, 2020. Glass reinforced pigment concrete. 50x120x27 in. (right) Edra Soto, Open 24 Hours, 2017. Found glass bottles of liquor, display cabinets, 8x2x2 ft each. Display cabinets co-designed by Navillus Woodworks.