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Momentary ready to take its place in regional art scene

Bentonville arts venue the Momentary is set to open Feb. 22, and members can visit it the day before.
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Bentonville arts venue the Momentary will open Saturday (Feb. 22). The satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a contemporary art space for visual, performing and culinary arts.

BENTONVILLE, Ark — The 63,000-square-foot satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was founded by the Walton family and based on the vision of Tom, Olivia and Steuart Walton. Chicago-based Wheeler Kearns Architects designed the venue on 11 acres at 507 S.E. E St. Tulsa, Okla.-based Flintco managed the construction work, transforming a former Kraft Foods cheese factory into the venue while retaining the factory’s industrial elements. 

“The Momentary is a contemporary art space for visual, performing, and culinary arts,” said Lieven Bertels, director of the Momentary. “We see the Momentary serving as a gathering space for the community to relax, work, eat and drink, and discover art through programs, exhibitions, festivals and more. With our unique space and focus, we’ll be able to blur the lines between genres and art forms, and keep a finger on the pulse of what’s occurring in the art world today, with a strong focus on living artists. There’ll be something new for everyone to discover and enjoy when they visit the Momentary.” 

The venue includes the 350-seat Rode House and 100-seat Fermentation Hall performing arts spaces, three artist-in-residence studios, and the 70-foot-tall Tower, with the Tower Bar gathering space at the top. It will serve coffee to higher-level members during the day and alcoholic beverages at night to the public. Other culinary options at the Momentary include the Breakroom and Onyx Coffee Lab. 

Outside will be sculptures, courtyards and a 50-foot-tall canopy for outdoor music festivals, such as FreshGrass | Bentonville. Tulsa-based Howell Vancuren Landscape Architects designed the outdoor space. 

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