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Close Look: “State of the Art 2020” at the Momentary, Bentonville

Installation view of State of the Art 2020 at the Momentary. All images courtsey of the Momentary.
Peter Everett, Vermillion Screen (left), 2018; oil on canvas, 86 by 69 5/8 by 1 5/8 inches.
Peter Everett, Lych (right), 2018; oil on canvas, 86 by 69 5/8 by 1 5/8 inches.
Paul Stephen Benjamin, Summer Breeze, 2018; video installation, dimensions variable.

The 61 individuals in State of the Art 2020 represent a cross-section of artists working today and their artwork is organized into thematic sections including world-building: creating real and fictional spaces; sense of place: investigating ideas of home, family, immigration, and more; mapping: connections to and relationships with landscapes and power, and temporality: the concept of time and how we perceive it. The artists featured in this exhibition are at all stages of their careers, living and working in communities large and small across the country. State of the Art 2020 is the continuation of an exploration into contemporary art that began in 2014, when Crystal Bridges presented State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. The exhibition sought to showcase art being created across the US and develop the understanding that contemporary art is approachable and relevant to topics of the day.

from the exhibition text
Installation view of State of the Art 2020 at the Momentary.
Frances Bagley, Shangri La, 2018; mixed media, 14 by 28 by 28 feet.
Alice Pixley Young Geist, Lighthouse and Transmissions, 2020; mixed media, dimensions variable.
Installation view of State of the Art 2020 at the Momentary.
Suchitra Mattai, Exodus, 2019; vintage saris from India, Sharjah, and artist’s Indo
Guyanese family, and rope net, 180 by 480 inches.
Joanna Keane Lopez, A dance of us (un baile de nosotros), 2020; Adobe brick, mud plaster, aliz, and mirror, 168 by 276 by 24 inches.

State of the Art 2020 has been extended through July 12 and will remain on view at both the Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Both venues will reopen to the public on June 10 with new safety measures such as free timed tickets to ensure limited attendance, touchless transactions, increased sanitation, and signage with health and social distancing information. A virtual tour of State of the Art 2020 at the Momentary can be found here.

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