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Tavares Strachan, You Belong Here

EXHIBITIONS: ON VIEW

STATE OF THE ART: 2020

February 22—July 12, with the artworks remaining in the Lobby Gallery through August 16.

For State of the Art 2020, our curators traveled to find and feature 61 artists working in communities around the country.

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PROJECTS

Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden at the Momentary, Bentonville, Arkansas_6-800x490

Narcissus Garden

First installed in 1966, Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden invites us to slow down and appreciate our surroundings. Comprised of nearly 900 mirrored spheres, this playful installation creates unique reflections of people, architecture, and nature. The mirrored spheres symbolize those orbs that occur in nature—sun, moon, and Earth—while also referencing the polka dot, a common motif in Kusama’s work. Through this mesmerizing field of possibilities, the artist encourages us to see ourselves as one sphere within an interconnected universe.

Located in the North Courtyard. Collection of OZ Art. Courtesy of Ota Fine Art and Victoria Miro © YAYOI KUSAMA.

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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, Visit Bentonville

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The Momentary Flag Project

In the spirit of our adaptive reuse architecture, the Momentary is launching a rotating series of artist-designed flags that will be raised on the factory’s historic flag pole, located on E Street. The series will ask artists to explore the symbolic resonance of flags and consider how they shape our understanding of place and identity. Through this project, we hope to continue adding new stories and perspectives to the history of the Momentary’s site.

Christopher Myers June 24—October 4, Icarus Falling (2020). Read more about the flag here.

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RRRolling Stones 2.0

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.

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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 the affirmative statement initiates a dialogue about how we define place and create a sense of belonging in our community.

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