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hen The Momentary opened in February in Bentonville, Arkansas, directors of the contemporary art space chose to showcase a vertical dance troupe that performed on the building’s 80-foot tall projectable glass rainscreen facade. The underlying messages—both in terms of artistic highlights and building architecture— could not have been clearer. The Momentary brings a unique array of cultural opportunities to the burgeoning community. The design of this contemporary satellite to the nearby Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, including the innovative glass rainscreen by Bendheim, marries new materials while maintaining the integrity of the former cheese factory. Wheeler Kearns Architects led the space transformation, delicately balancing old and new into one community jewel. “The Momentary will be an intersection of art and everyday life,” says Lieven Bertels, director of The Momentary. “Perhaps some of the original elements and industrial fixtures will inspire artists and the communities to think about their own evolution and this moment in time.”



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CCR Dec 20  

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