The Momentary is a one-of-a-kind contemporary arts experience creatively repurposed from a 70-year old decommissioned Kraft Foods Plant in Bentonville, Arkansas.
The Momentary upends what’s expected from a traditional art museum. Like a friendly neighbor, the Momentary welcomes visitors through its backyard instead of through a grand and monumental front door. A human-scale, glass and steel structure located at the former loading dock creates a sense of curiosity, discovery and anticipation. Its scale feels approachable; its materials and style are in high contrast to the building and look almost superimposed. Its presence signals to visitors that something different is happening. While the factory was focused inward and opaque, the new additions to the building use glass for views from inside and out. Inside, The Momentary purposefully overlaps social and culinary activities with art spaces to champion contemporary art’s role in everyday life. Visitors enjoy food and drink simultaneously with art exhibits in one of the primary visual art spaces.
The multidisciplinary program includes exhibition space, performance venues for music, theatre and film, and studio spaces that support an artist-in-residency program. Visit themomentary.org for exhibition and performance news!
Architect: Wheeler Kearns Architects
General Contractor: Flintco
Civil Engineer: McClelland Engineers
Landscape Architect: Howell & Vancuren Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP/FP and IT Engineer: McGuire Engineers
Lighting Consultant: Lux Populi
Theatre Designer: Schuler Shook
Acoustic and AV Design: Threshold Acoustics
Kitchen Design: Edge Associates
Interiors / Branding / Signage: FODA
Artist: Addie Roanhorse (Osage artist, glass frit patterns)
Photography: Tom Harris Architectural Photography and Dero Sanford.