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Tavares Strachan, You Belong Here

EXHIBITIONS: ON VIEW

 


PROJECTS: ON VIEW

In addition to exhibitions, the Momentary brings artworks from around the world to the space to share more work by contemporary artists and display a broad story of today’s visual art. Find all of the Momentary’s outdoor art projects using this digital map.

VENUSIAN ROSACEAE (FIVE SEEDED STAR)

Inspired by the history of the Momentary’s site as a former apple orchard, Maria Molteni’s Venusian Rosaceae explores the myriad of colors, shapes, and symbols associated with apples. Stretching 50 feet in diameter, the circular composition includes layers of five-point stars and infinitely connected braids, referencing the pentagonal shape of an apple’s core and the Dance of Venus—an astrological map of Venus retrogrades. For Molteni, the 2020 Venus retrograde (May 13 to June 25, 2020) was particularly significant as it coincided with the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement across the world. Molteni dedicates this mural to Queen Morgan and Baby Rose.

FREE: No tickets required.

The Momentary Flag Project

In the spirit of our adaptive reuse architecture, the Momentary Flag Project offers a rotating series of artist-designed flags that are raised on the factory’s historic flag pole. The series asks artists to explore the symbolic resonance of flags and consider how they shape our understanding of place and identity.

NOV 9, 2021—MAY 9, 2022: Neka King, To Enter Recorded History. Read more about the flag here.

MAY 24—NOV 8, 2021: Jaime Carrejo, Pa’lante (2021). Read more about the flag here.

JAN 15—MAY 23, 2021: Olalekan Jeyifous, All you touch you change. All you change, changes you (2020). Read more about the flag here.

OCT 7, 2020—JAN 10, 2021: Gabriella Sanchez, WE REAP WHAT WE SEW (Past and Present Patterns), (2020). Read more about the flag here.

JUN 24—OCT 6, 2020: Christopher Myers, Icarus Falling (2020). Read more about the flag here.

FREE: No tickets required.

RRRolling Stones 2.0

Constructed with 3D printed concrete, RRRolling Stones 2.0 is an adaptable outdoor seating system that explores a range of seating archetypes: chairs, benches, stools, and lounge chairs. While they may look similar, each seat is one-of-a-kind. This project was manufactured in collaboration with Cornell RCL (Robotic Construction Laboratory) and Cornell UCL (Urban Construction Laboratory) and designed by HANNAH, an experimental design practice based in Ithaca, NY.

FREE: No tickets required.

Tavares Strachan, You Belong Here

YOU BELONG HERE

Tavares Strachan’s monumental neon sculpture, You Belong Here, is installed on the east-facing exterior wall of the Momentary, stretching 78 feet across and 25 feet high. This work is part of an ongoing series of site-responsive neon sculptures, and initiates a dialogue about how we define place and create a sense of belonging in our community.

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Sway

In 2018, Oklahoma-based artist Addie Roanhorse became the first artist commissioned to create a work of art for the Momentary. Her arrow pattern artwork, called Sway, is featured on the exterior glass of the Tower, the Container, and main entryway. A member of the Osage Nation, Roanhorse took inspiration from Osage attire to create the pattern, paying homage to the history of the land around the Momentary. With this artwork, we invite all to think about the Indigenous peoples with a connection to Northwest Arkansas.

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design artwork on paned glass on the side of the momentary parking garage

ABOVE & BELOW

Chad “Nish” Earles (Caddo) designed the glass scrim titled Above & Below that is located on the southwest and southeast corners of the structure. The design entails a pattern providing cultural reference to the Indigenous peoples of Arkansas and the land the Momentary currently occupies. The pattern references designs found in pottery created by ancestors of the Caddo Nation. The name of the design, Above & Below, recognizes that the Caddo are still here today, above and below the ground.

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EXHIBITIONS: UPCOMING

 


EXHIBITIONS: PAST

 


PROJECTS: PAST

Tower Views

In Tower Views, the Momentary presents a rotating series of videos and short films created by artists that explore various themes. The videos are projected nightly on the Momentary’s Tower, located outside in the Arvest Bank Courtyard, offering a unique viewing experience with 80 feet of projection space, dynamic lighting, and sound capabilities.

DEC 13—FEB 13, 2022: Primordial 3 | Jennifer Steinkamp. Read more about the film here.

OCT 1—31, 2021: A New Between | Jaimie Henthorn. Read more about the film here.

JUN 29—SEP 26, 2021: Smash | Marilyn Minter. Read more about the film here.

APR 13—JUN 13, 2021: Jeffrey Gibson, She Never Dances AloneRead more about the film here.

FEB 23—APR 11, 2021: Robert Wilson, KOOL Snowy Owl. Read more about the film here.

JAN 21—FEB 14, 2021: Nick Cave, Drive-By Remix. Read more about the film here.

FREE: no tickets required

This Land is Your Land

Inspired by Woody Guthrie’s iconic 1940 song of the same name, Iván Navarro’s series of three water towers examines the history of migration in the Americas and the United States. During the Great Depression, the water tower became a symbol of hope and opportunity for nomadic workers. According to Navarro, “every time they saw a water tower, they jumped out of the train because it signaled economic activity in that town.” Visitors can step beneath the towers and look up at the repeated messages that are inspired by Navarro’s personal history as an immigrant. “Bed” recalls our most intimate form of inhabited space. The ascending ladder symbolizes progress, while the inverted words “me” and “we” reference Guthrie’s call for collective belonging.

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Sponsored by: Olivia Tyson, Larry and Winnie Kearns, Visit Bentonville