Crystal Bridges, Momentary Reopen with Free Art Exhibitions
To the delight of art lovers, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary contemporary arts space are open to the public with limited capacity, free timed tickets, and other enhanced safety measures.
Crystal Bridges and its satellite museum, the Momentary, reopened June 10 at their respective locations in downtown Bentonville. To celebrate, they’ve extended the duration of major art exhibitions, and made both exhibitions free.
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… is extended through July 12 at Crystal Bridges, while State of the Art 2020, on view at Crystal Bridges and the Momentary, is extended at both museums through July 12. Select artwork will remain on view in the Lobby Gallery at the Momentary through August 16, with some artwork remaining at Crystal Bridges through Nov. 2.
- All Things Being Equal… features more than 90 works including photographs, sculpture and mixed media by the award-winning conceptual artist – known to combine familiar images from sports and advertising with histories of art and politics.
- State of the Art 2020 is a expansive exhibition spotlighting a cross section of 61 artists working today. Many of the more than 100 works in the exhibition are new, only created within the last few years. Several were created specifically for State of the Art.
ENHANCED SAFETY Crystal Bridges and the Momentary closed in March when the coronavirus pandemic struck. Since then, both museums instituted safety plans approved by the Arkansas Department of Health, allowing them to welcome visitors back and showcase art in a safe and responsible way.
The plans include timed tickets, which limit the number of visitors in any certain area per state guidelines, and requirements that visitors and staff wear face coverings. To learn more about safety requirements at both Crystal Bridges and the Momentary, click here .
“Our top priority remains the safety and well-being of staff, volunteers, and visitors,” said Rod Bigelow, executive director and chief diversity & inclusion officer of Crystal Bridges. “Were are carefully monitoring the changing landscape and we are grateful for our local partners, health officials, and peer institutions who have provided guidance.”
ART & NATURE For those who like to connect with nature, Crystal Bridges’ network of outdoor trails remains open. More than four miles of trails wind along museum’s 120-acre site, some lined with sculptures and art installations along the way. Signs have been added along the trails to help visitors maintain social distancing at six feet apart.
At the Momentary, visitors can explore the galleries, sip a coffee from Onyx Coffee Lab, or spend happy hour outside at the RØDE Bar, under the safety plan. Or take the elevator up for sky-level views at the Tower Bar.
Stroll the Momentary’s grounds to see outdoor art projects like Ivan Navarro’s This Land Is Your Land water towers in the North Courtyard, the Momentary Flag Project on the historic flag pole on E Street, and the iconic neon-pink You Belong Here sign by Tavares Strachan.
ART WHERE YOU ARE If you’re unable to visit in person or prefer to stay home, virtual and online art experiences are just a click away. For example:
- See what a typical day looks like behind-the-scenes at Crystal Bridges with the virtual Crystal Bridges 360 Tour.
- View the museum’s entire collection of artwork with individual views at the eMuseum Art Collection virtual catalog.
- Take a virtual tour of the State of the Art 2020 exhibition at both the Momentary and at Crystal Bridges.
For additional virtual offerings, including podcasts, virtual art classes, family experiences and more, visit:
Image credits (from top): Highground, 2019, Amy Casey, State of the Art 2020; Dialectic, 2019, Suchitra Mattai, State of the Art 2020; Exterior shots of Crystal Bridges and the Momentary, photos courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
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